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We can't abandon Christians in Iraq, says MP Margaret Ritchie

By Amanda Ferguson

The Government has been urged by MP Margaret Ritchie to help Christian and Yazidi minorities in Iraq before they become victims of extreme Islamic militants.

However, the South Down MP said she was against further US or UK military intervention in the region amid fears it could destabilise the country and "actually worsen the situation".

Ms Ritchie said she would table questions at Westminster this week to ensure the protection of Christians and against further military intervention.

She said there was "a moral imperative to give all necessary humanitarian support and assistance to Christian and Yazidi minority groups in Northern Iraq as they face continued violence and threat from Islamic State forces.

"There is a need to support all efforts to get minority religious groups out of harm's way as soon as possible and to ensure that they have all the food supplies they need to avoid hunger and starvation."

She added: "Church leaders from across Ireland and the United Kingdom have made clear their support for fellow Christians, who face the most harrowing of situations.

"We stand with them and we will not turn our back on them in their hour of need."

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