A new wave has fled north

as the campaign of violence escalates
and security forces are unwilling to protect them.
The flight — from Baghdad and Mosul,
after  a siege at church killed
51 worshipers
2 priests
— assassinations singling out Christians.
“a community whose roots were
in Iraq even before Christ.”
panicked rush
mass departure
— happened to the Jews
“They want us all to go.”
Our Lady of Salvation
more than half
have already left.
Three generations fled
a month from now
not a single one
will be left in Mosul
where, repeatedly and systematically
(they are) plucked.