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EWTN Documentary Takes You Behind the Scenes of the Christian Genocide in Iraq

Irondale, AL, March 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As details of genocide of 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus began leaking out of Rwanda in 1994, the secular media and Hollywood jumped on the story and dozens of films were made, including the award-winning "Hotel Rwanda." But who is making a film documenting the "religious cleansing" of hundreds of thousands of Christians in the Middle East? Who is courageous enough to brave the possibility of being beheaded, burned alive or crucified, to bring the world the voices of those Christians whom Muslim extremists have been hunting off the face of the earth?

Intrepid Italian Filmmaker and Investigative Journalist Elisabetta Valgiusti traveled to Erbil in Kurdistan to document 'religious cleansing' of Nineveh's Christians for an EWTN special, "Voices of the Persecuted: Nineveh's Christians in Exile." Airs 10 p.m. ET, Wednesday, April 1 on EWTN, www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.


No jobs, no homes, no schools, no visas. Italian Filmmaker Elisabetta Valgiusti takes you inside the Christian refugee camps in Kurdistan in the EWTN Original Documentary, "Voices of the Persecuted: Nineveh's Christians in Exile." Airs 10 p.m .ET, Wednesday, April 1 on EWTN, www.ewtn.com/channelfinder. Also, don't miss the "EWTN Live" interview with Iraqi Bishop Yousif Habash at 8 p.m. ET, April 1.


Enter intrepid Italian filmmaker Elisabetta Valgiusti, who traveled to Erbil in Kurdistan, site of U.S. bombing against ISIS, in late 2014 to film an EWTN Original Documentary, "Voices of the Persecuted: Nineveh's Christians in Exile." See the extraordinary results of this investigative journalist's work at 10 p.m. ET, Wednesday, April 1. If you want to know more about what is happening with Christians in the Middle East, do not miss this program.

The documentary will be preceded by a special "EWTN Live" with Bishop Yousif Habash of Our Lady of Deliverance Syriac Catholic Diocese in the U.S. and Canada. (Airs 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, April 1.)

"[Muslim extremists] are not just displacing, but uprooting the existence of Christianity in the Middle East," said Bishop Habash said. "They want to exterminate Christians, and nobody is saying anything - not the U.N., organizations, universities."

During the documentary, you will learn about the fate of the quarter million Christians in Nineveh who miraculously escaped the invading ISIS terrorists on the night of August 6, 2014, with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Bishop Habash believes that the slaughter of so many of his countrymen has left no more than 300,000 to 350,000 Christians in the Middle East. Most are living in terrible conditions in Erbil.

The question is: What can be done? Bishop Habash has some answers. To find out more, tune in Wednesday, April 1 at 8 p.m. ET to "EWTN Live" and at 10 p.m. ET for the documentary.

Note: To purchase your copy of "Voices of the Persecuted" to show to your friends, family, and Church groups, please go to http://bit.ly/1HsDCmS. For information on helping with the relief efforts on behalf of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, please visit www.caritas.org and Aid to the Church in Need, http://bit.ly/1DU8P4x.

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Source: EWTN Global Catholic Network