Maria, 20, killed in Erbil by relatives for converting to Christianity

The young woman’s violent death by her brother and uncle was reported on International Women’s Day. With tens of thousands of followers on social media, she promoted women’s rights and freedoms. Her family forced her to marry at the age of 12 a man from whom she separated four years later.

The case is another sign that Iraq’s journey towards tolerance and coexistence is still a long one, despite last year’s visit by Pope Francis and the work of Chaldean Patriarch Card Louis Raphael Sako.

Even northern Iraq — with its quieter Kurdish region which took in tens of thousands of Christians, Yazidis, and Muslims fleeing the Islamic State — is not free from sectarian violence.

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