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Bishops appeal: Save Iraq’s Christians!

AsiaNews reports on an appeal made by msgr. Sako, on behalf of the Christian communities, on the unsustainable situation of Christians in the country: “We cannot remain silent any longer, people must be made aware that an Iraq without Christians is of no benefit to the nation, we need unity between people, otherwise there will be no escape”. Attacks in Niniveh plain underline that nowhere is safe.

church on fireBaghdad (AsiaNews) – “In Iraq Christians are dying, the Church is disappearing under continued persecution, threats and violence carried out by extremists who are leaving us no choice: conversion or exile”. This is the urgent appeal sent to AsiaNews by msgr. Louis Sako, Chaldean Archbishop of Kirkuk, while reports arrive of car bombs and the death of Christians in the Kurdish area, until now untouched by the confessional violence.

The bishop who is president of Iraq’s Council of Catholic Churches’ Committee for inter religious dialogue , signed a declaration regarding the “tragic situation of Baghdadis Christians”, denouncing militant groups which under the threat of armed violence ask Christians to convert immediately to Islam or to consign their property and leave the country. The same thing happens in Mosul, but with a different “choice”: pay a monetary tribute to the Jihad if they want to avoid their death.

The Iraqi Christian community, at home and abroad, has long urged the local Church to take a stand against the forced evacuation, rape, kidnap, paying a ransom, blackmail, scarring and killing they suffer and the complete lack of protection from the local government and coalition forces. And in the last two days, as the controversial plan to install a secure zone for Christians in the Niniveh plain begins to take shape, the terrorists have begun targeting the zoned area. “It’s almost a political gesture – observes msgr Sako – as if to say: “we can hit anywhere, nowhere is safe”.

The confessional based attacks are no longer just restricted to Baghdad and Mosul, but now target small centres in the North. Yesterday a group of fundamentalists executed 23 yazidi on the road linking Mosul to Ba’ashika, a majority Christian village: they stopped a bus and after having made Arabs and Christians alight they killed the faithful of this ancient religion, based on the strong Good-Evil dualism. Today a car bomb close to a school in Tell-el-skop, a Christian village, and 9 people died including 2 children; 60 were wounded. A convent of Dominican nuns, which is nearby, was badly damaged in the blast.

“We can no longer be silent –explains Msgr. Sako by phone to AsiaNews – we have to remind the world of the importance of the Christian presence in Iraq, for the good of Iraq”. “Christians are one of the oldest constituents of the Iraqi people –he explains in his statement– Since the beginning they have incorporated with its other constituents like the Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, Sabea, and Yazedis; playing a pioneering role in the building of the civilization of Iraq. In addition they defended their adherence to the soil and integrity of Iraq courageously and together with their Moslems brothers. Everybody witnesses their loyalty, honesty, wisdom and their desire to live in peace and brotherhood with others. Christians have long lived with Moslems whether Sunnis or Shias in mutual respect and shared the good and the bad days together with them. They have been part of the Islamic culture for the last 14 centuries, by large without problems. Today they want to continue this existence in the spirit of love and under the charter of human rights”.

However in the current situation Christians are targeted as chief conspirators to be exploited or eliminated. They cannot openly profess their faith, the veil is imposed on the women and the crosses are taken down from their churches, threats of kidnappings and extortion weigh heavily over all of them. Msgr Sako lists the violence to which they are submitted on a daily basis: “now a days Christians are suffering in certain areas and cities in Iraq from forced evacuation, rape, kidnap, blackmail, scarring and killing. This unfamiliar behaviour contradicts the Iraqi humanitarian and Islamic morals. Let everybody realize that emptying Iraq of Christians will be disastrous not only for the Christians but for all Iraqis!... Forcing Christians to leave their homes indicates deterioration in the concept of conviviality and furthermore it destroys the cultural, civil and religious mosaic of which Iraq is considered to be the very cradle”.

The appeal signed by Msgr. Sako urges all of the political, religious and cultural communities of Iraq to remain united, because “there is no salvation without our unity. Let the outsider whoever is he, leave and stay away so that the danger of death and the risk of division disappear and vanish and thus permitting life to return to what it once was; a river which flowed in harmony, a river of brotherhood and close unity”.






Who are the Christians of Iraq?

Neesan = April

IRAQ Bishops appeal: Save Iraq’s Christians! April 23, 07

Forbidden Love Ends With Multiple Deaths in North Iraq April 23, 07

Gunmen kill 23 members of Yazidi religious minority April 22, 07

Assyrian community speaks Aramaic, provides a warm
welcome to Israelis
April 22, 07

Assyrian Mass Grave Investigation in Turkey April 22, 07

Protestant Pastor: “secular” Turkey; enough mockery!
April 17, 07

92 Years of Denying the Massacre of the
Assyrians, Armenians and the Greeks
April 17, 07

A Swedish 'Valhalla' for Iraqi Refugees April 15, 07

More on Muslims Forcing Christian Assyrians in Baghdad
to Pay 'Protection Tax'
April 15, 07

Arab American Institute is Deliberately Misrepresenting the
Assyrians Identity
April 15, 07

The Plight of the Christian refugees in Turkey April 13, 07

“The Assyrians of Northern Iraq” April 13, 07

We Say No to a Medieval Kurdish Constitution April 13, 07

Assyrian Case Presented At Washington's Iraq Conference
April 12, 07

April 11, 07

Assyrian Village in North Iraq Terrorized By Kurd April 11, 07

Kurdish Attack on Assyrians Leaves Two Dead in Syria April 10, 07

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki Supports Assyrian Province!
April 10, 07

April 8, 07

A New Assyrian Blog April 8, 07

Forget 2007 - for Iraqi Assyrians this is 6757 April 8, 07

Assyrians along with other Christians celebrated Easter in Jerusalem
April 8, 07

Iraq's Christians celebrate Easter and hope peace will prevail April 8, 07

Easter Message From Rev. Ken Joseph Jr. April 7, 07

Graffiti Mars Church: Worship Places to Get More Patrols April 7, 07

An Evening of Poetry April 7, 07

Turkey's Ancient Assyrian Christian Community Looks to the Future April 7, 07

Easter Greetings April 6, 07

Assyrian Engineer Kidnapped by Armed Militia April 6, 07

Interview with Yonadam Kanna April 6, 07

Iraq's Christians Plan Easter Liturgies Despite Violence April 4, 07

Church Attendance Steady in Mosul Despite Bombs and Gunfire
April 4, 07

Assyrian New Year celebration in Australia April 4, 07

EU Conference Calls on Turkey to Recognize
Assyrian Genocide
April 3, 07

Iraq's Christians Flock to Lebanon April 3, 07

The Christian victims of Iraq April 1, 07

Assyrian New Year Greeting April 1, 07

Addar = March

We Must Not Let the Assyrian Church Slide Into Oblivion
March 30, 07

Assyrian Testifies At the Congressional Human Rights Caucus
March 30, 07

Assyrian Delegation At the EP Conference on Iraqi
Turkmen and Kirkuk
March 30, 07

The Kurdish peshmerga terrorize young Assyrian in Tel-Kef Iraq
March 29, 07

Journalists and Politcians request help for the Assyrians
March 28, 07

Assyrian New Year Celebrations in Sydny-Australia
March 28, 07

March 28, 07

Iraq Second Most Dangerous Place in World for Minorities
March 27, 07

Congressional Subcommittee Criticizes Administration's
Iraq Refugee Policy
March 27, 07

Two Catholic Nuns Stabbed to death in Iraq March 27, 07

Assyrians gather in Ceres to discuss presence in Iraq
March 26, 07

Christians, targeted and suffering, flee Iraq March 26, 07

US fails to Help Iraqi Translators March 25, 07

Writing on the Wall for Iraq March 25, 07

State Department, Iraqi Envoys to Attend Assyrian Forum
March 23, 07

The Ankawa Conference March 23, 07

Say No to the Sharia law Rule by Kurdish Regional Goverment!
March 22, 07

The Christian Iraqi Refugees in Lebanon;
A Humiliating Wait for Immigration Visas
March 20, 07

US State Department says Christian sanctuary in Iraq is being
March 20, 07

IRAQ Islamic groups impose tax on Christian "subjects" March 19, 07

Iraqi Assyrian Refugees Flocking to Sweden March 19, 07

Muslims Forcing Christian Assyrians in Baghdad
Pay 'Protection Tax'
March 18, 07

Scholars debate stolen artifacts March 17, 07

Urgent Action Needed to Protect Iraq's Religious Minorities March 17, 07

In Jordan, Christians From Iraq Harassed March 15, 07

Iraqi Christian Monthly Is Honored March 15, 07

Religious Freedom Watchdog Agency Urges Protection
for Iraq's Assyrians
March 14, 07

Is Newruz the Kurdish national day? March 13, 07

Assyrians: An Ancient Community Under Siege in Iraq March 12, 07

Assyrian Genocide Memorial Wall Erected in California March 12, 07

Attiya Gamri Reelected to the Provincial Parliament of the Netherlands
March 12, 07

Corruption: The Dark Underbelly of Kurdistan's Dream March 12, 07

Egypt Arrests Christian Victims of Muslim attack March 11, 07

Iraqi Refugees who Despite Improbable Odds Reach US March 11, 07

U.N. refugee agency assesses the uprooted Iraqis plight March 11, 07

Students graduate from the Theological School March 11, 07

Kurdish authorities forbid Assyrians from using Assyrian names
for their businesses
March 10, 07

Where do all Assyrian refugees end up March 6, 07

Iraq's Mandaeans 'Face Extinction' March 5, 07

The Loss and Rediscovery Of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh March 4, 07

Assyrians at the New Zealand Folklore festival March 4, 07

Australian MP Draws Attention to the Plight of Iraq's Assyrians
March 2, 07

Assyrian (Syfo) Genocide Conference at the European
March 2, 07

Eshvad = February

Turkey Bars Examination of Evidence of Assyrian Genocide
February 28, 07

Assyrian Journalist receives death threats February 26, 07

Christians Fleeing Iraq February 26, 07

A G. I.'s Letter from Iraq February 24, 07

International Community has abandoned the
weak and the helpless in Iraq
February 23, 07

The inauguration of the Assyrian Genocide Memorial
Wall in Tarzan Ca
February 23, 07

Jewish Groups Not Supporting Turkey on Armenian Genocide Bill
February 23, 07

The Assyrian rights and the Kurdistan Region Option February 22, 07

Looting leaves archaeologists worried over Iraqi artifacts February 22, 07

Kurds Trying to Intimidate Turkmen in North Iraq February 20, 07

Lectures titled “Genocides of XX and XXI centuries”
at North Park University
February 20, 07

Europe has to help Iraq's refugees February 20, 07

'Honor' Killings: A Tale of Two Cities February 19, 07

Kirkuk Has Never Been a Kurdish City February 17, 07

Twin car bombs in Kirkuk market kill 10, wound 60 February 17, 07

Attack on Yazidis in Northern Iraq February 17, 07

Iraqi Christians Fleeing Violence Face Uncertain Future February 16, 07

US Support Will Backfire for Kurds February 15, 07

International intrigues behind Kurdish passport scandal! February 15, 07

Iraqi refugees dismiss U.S. resettlement February 14, 07

Iraq Refugees' Struggle in Syria February 14, 07

EU Condemns Lebanon Bus Attacks in Christian Areas February 13, 07

Muslims Burn Christian Shops in Egypt February 13, 07

Remains of possible victims of Genocide will be examined by international expedition
February 13, 07

Press release: Mardin Mass Graves Revisited February 11, 07

Thousands of Iraqi Refugees Demand Change to Syrian Residency Laws
February 11, 07

Rifts aside, Iraq has a timetable February 11, 07

The State Department's Rosy Deception on Iraq Refugees February 9, 07

Iraq Militants Kill Christian Airline Official Feb. 8, 07

Luana, 22  year Old Christian girl Raped by Iraqi soldier Feb. 7, 07

A letter to Sylvester Stallone Feb. 7, 07

The Assyrian Universal Alliance Reacts to Recent Allegations Feb. 6, 07

Syriac Christian cuisine of Mardin Feb. 6, 07

Kurds Displaced in Effort to Preserve Ancient City Feb. 4, 07

Kirkuk bombs kill 2, injure dozens Feb. 3, 07

Iraqi Refugees Feel Hounded By Syria Crackdown Feb. 3, 07

Assyrian Genocide Memorial Wall Feb. 2, 07

Turkey is changing, despite Dink's murder Feb. 2, 07

The irrationality of 'They killed us, that’s why we killed them' Feb. 2, 07

Kurdish Iraq's Ambassador issued 29000 passports for none Iraqis Feb. 2, 07



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