Iraqi Christians in the streets of Karaqosh, a town located on the Nineveh Plain just 20 kilometres from Mosul, one of the most violent cities in Iraq and the scene of numerous attacks against the Christian population. Iraq's Christians are considered one of the longest continuous Christian communities in the world. In 2003 there were an estimated 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. By 2014 Iraqi Christians are thought to number approximately 400,000. Violence, persecution and sectarian strife have forced more than two thirds of the Christian population to flee the country.