Without the help of our government, the Mandaean people, who are without a country, cannot defend themselves are headed towards annihilation.Mandaean are considered the smallest and most vulnerable minority in Iraq. We number fewer than 60,000 people, scattered around the globe. We follow the teachings of John the Baptist and practice baptism in flowing water as our central ritual. Our teachings expressly forbid us from carrying weapons, even for self-defense. Instead, the Ginza Raba%u2014the chief Mandaean holy book%u2014 teaches us to oppose injustice bravely with words and knowledge, not iron. We therefore live our lives solely by peaceful means.