After decades of war, Christians hope Iraq’s newest leader can transition the country into an era of peace. The odds are stacked against Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, but so far, he’s moving in a positive direction.
“Politically, there is hope for the future in a way that we haven’t seen in a while. One of the things most people are excited about is that he’s trying to make peace between all the different factions,” Samuel* of Redemptive Stories explains.
“Iraq has three significant groups, Shia and Sunni Muslim, and then a Christian population. Christians have dwindled since the time of Saddam, whereas the majority are still Shia and then a minority of Sunni.”
Iraq has plenty of challenges…
Iraq formed a new government earlier this month after spending half a year without one. The government has long been a source of contention for the Iraqi people; at least 600 protestors were killed in crackdowns between October and May.
Al-Kadhimi is taking a markedly different approach than his predecessors in dealing with dissenters. “One of his first decisions was to release the majority of the protesters that had been incarcerated,” Samuel says.
“He has been trying to bridge the gap between the two sides and see the issues that the protesters were fighting for, and speak into them.”
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