Arabic symbol illustrates #WeAreN solidarity with Iraqi Christians

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#WeAreN is sweeping the Christian Twittersphere and Facebook as churches, organizations and individuals change their avatars to the Arabic letter “Nun.”

It’s the symbol for “Nazarene,” or Christian, used by Islamic State militants in Iraq to brand Christian properties in Iraq as part of their effort to drive out an ancient Christian community with threats to convert or die.

Today, the trending avatar is intended as a global message of solidarity in the place everyone now turns for that — social media.

Switching to the Nun avatar is a gesture reminiscent of the long-standing (although factually debunked) legend that Danish Christians adopted Jewish star armbands during World War II in solidarity with Danish Jews.

— by Cathy Lynn Grossman | RNS

 

This symbol is the Arabic letter N for Nasrani, meaning "Christians." In Mosul, this letter was used to mark the Christian houses. Use this to change your profile photo in support.
This symbol is the Arabic letter N for Nasrani, meaning “Christians.” In Mosul, this letter was used to mark the Christian houses. Use this to change your profile photo in support.

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