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Catholic Relief Agency Sheltering Iraqi Chaldean Refugees in Turkey
December 1, 06

ISTANBUL -- This country's Caritas agency is sheltering thousands of Iraqi families, most of whom are Chaldean Christian women fleeing from violence.

This is not something new: Caritas-Turkey has sheltered Iraqi refugees since the first Gulf War in 1991.

The organization is offering health care to all needy Iraqis. It is also offering legal advice for those requesting asylum in countries such as Canada, Australia and the United States.

However, since the start of the second Gulf War in 2003, the countries that received Iraqis and even the United Nations itself have restricted the criteria of access to the status of refugee, reported the weekly France Catholique.

At the same time, the situation in Iraq, particularly for Christians, has become increasingly dangerous. So Caritas-Turkey has had to assist refugees who might well stay in the country for years.

The people in question have no social security and no right to education. They have often been victims of violence or threats, and constitute one of the largest Catholic communities in Istanbul.

Caritas' legal service has registered more than 600 families as refugees with the Turkish authorities, the United Nations and embassies. This service costs about €80,000 ($105,000) a year.

Assistance to refugees includes health care during their temporary stay in Turkey. Every year it allocates €20,000 to subsidize their medical expenses.


Caritas is also giving formation to Iraqi refugees ages 15 to 17. In addition to school education, it offers workshops in areas such as gardening, dressmaking and costume jewelry.

Also being promoted is a Solidarity Group with Refugee Women, to improve the social and psychological situation of Iraqi refugee women and girls. The project promotes formation courses and family celebrations thanks to the generosity of Caritas volunteers.

The Salesian community, under the direction of Brother Benjamin Puthota, has made it possible to guarantee the education of children in premises of the Apostolic Vicariate of Istanbul, which is next to the Caritas offices. Salesian Brother Rodolfo Antoniazzi is director of the Youth Center.

Both educational projects are financed by the Salesian Family and its benefactors worldwide.







Who are the Christians of Iraq?

Kanoon I = December

Assyrian Delegation At the European Parliament December 1, 06

Catholic Relief Agency Sheltering Iraqi Chaldean Refugees in Turkey
December 1, 06

The Turkmen: Eerie Silence in Northern Iraq December 1, 06

Tishrin II = November

Plight of Iraq's Christians Gets Worse November 30, 06

Sadr Followers Target Assyrian School Girls in Baghdad November 30, 06

"Mass Grave Discovery" In Turkey As Pope Continues Tense Trip
November 30, 06

First cuneiform inscription of Rabat Tepe 2 discovered November 29, 06

Kidnapped priest released in Baghdad November 29, 06

Turkish President Vetoes Christian Property Rights Law November 29, 06

In Lebanon, a Crisis for Christians November 28, 06

Christmas presents for the Nineveh Kids November 28, 06

Sweden to Investigate Finding of Assyrian Mass Graves in Turkey
November 27, 06

Assyrian Leader in Iraq Assassinated for Advocating Assyrian Autonomy
Nov. 27, 06

Europe and the Ambiguities of Multiculturalism Nov. 26, 06

Opening Eyes To Plight Of Assyrians Nov. 25, 06

A Safe Haven for Assyrians is a Must Nov. 24, 06

‘Lies in Turkish’ Nov. 24, 06

Lebanon in shock after killing of Christian politician Nov. 22, 06

A lecture entitled "Massacres and Resistance Nov. 22, 06

Britain's House of Lords Discusses Assyrian CaseoNov. 20, 06

Baghdad: priest missing, feared kidnapped Nov. 20, 06

Kurds remove Arabs and Assyrians thru violence Nov. 19, 06

Kurdish Officials Employ Saddam Hossain's Tactics Nov. 19, 06

Nuri Kino on Swedish National TV argues the Assyrian cause Nov.18, 06

Professors Dr. Otto Jastrow and Shabo Talay are planning a Toroyo Assyrian
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t Nov.16, 06

Bishops, commission plead for help for Iraqi Christians Nov.15, 06

Turkey Tries to Escape Its History Nov.14, 06

Terrorists Blast Iraqi Church Nov.12, 06

The Non-reaction to the Murder of an Assyrian Priest Nov.12, 06

Turkey Gives Non-Muslims the Right to Own Property Nov.12, 06

Hermit Assyrian nun is anything but reclusive Nov.10, 06

Fresh Concern Expressed About Iraq's Assyrians Nov.10, 06

Silencing Ancient Echoes: Iraq's Christians Nov. 9, 06

The Non-reaction to the Murder of an Assyrian Priest Nov. 9, 06

Iraqi bishop calls for Christian gathering: unite to be counted and more secure
Nov. 8, 06

Proud Assyrian Survivor Can Move on Nov. 7, 06

Assyrian Genocide Victims Discovered In Turkey: Report Nov. 6, 06

Lecture by DR. DONNY GEORGE former Chairman, Board of Antiquities, Iraq
Nov. 6, 06

Assyrian areas in northern Iraq as shown in a map by Newsweek Nov. 3, 06

Church calls for action over gruesome violence toward Christians in Iraq
Nov. 2, 06

Evidence of Turkey's World War One Massacres Covered up by the Military”
Nov. 2, 06

This Was Genocide, But Armenians Were Not Its Only Victims Nov. 1, 06

Assyrian UN Delegation Calls for Autonomous Region for Iraq's Assyrians
Nov. 1, 06

Tishrin 1 = October

The West Turns a Blind Eye to the Ethnic Cleansing of Christians in Iraq
Oct. 31, 06

U.S. Bishops Call for Protection of Iraq's Christians Oct. 30, 06

Hood celebrates 150th anniversary of Assyrian reliefs Oct. 30, 06

Assyrian History On Display Oct. 29, 06

Freedom of Religion Key for All in Iraq Oct. 29, 06

14 years young Assyrian boy decapitated in Iraq Oct. 29, 06

Assyrian civic club marks 60 years Oct. 27, 06

From Discovery to Dartmouth: The Assyrian Reliefs Oct. 27, 06

Sargis Aghajan: A Saint or a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing? Oct. 26, 06

Priest Sends SOS for Christians in Iraq; Faithful Flee, Churches Close
in Baghdad

Oct. 25, 06

The World Must Speak About the ongoing Assyrian Genocide Oct. 25, 06

Iraqi Militias Conducting Ethnic Cleansing Campaign Against Baghdad's
Oct. 23, 06

Pope Urges World Leaders to Help Iraqis Rebuild Troubled Nation
Oct. 23, 06

Iraq's Christian Assyrians: Living in Fear Oct. 23, 06

Assyrians built aqueducts to bring water to Nineveh predating Romans by
400 years
.Oct. 23, 06

Hope for Assyrian Christians 'Rapidly Dying,' Says Former Iraqi Minister
Oct. 20, 06

Christians Live in Fear of Death Squads in Iraq Oct. 20, 06

Congresswoman Esho's Letter to Rice about the endengered Christians
of Iraq
Oct. 20, 06


Iraq: Christian Minority Seeks Haven From Violence Oct. 19, 06

GEORGIA: Will mob halt Assyrian Catholic centre? Oct. 19, 06

Ancient ruins inspire hope in U.S. forces in Pre-Christian Iraq . Oct. 18, 06

Christian Migration From Mid-East At Heart of Patriarchs' Meeting
Oct. 19, 06

Assyrian language Lecture and Seminar in London Oct. 19, 06

Save Us from the Time of Trial Oct. 18, 06

Persecution of non-Muslims increases in Iraq. Oct. 18, 06

In Iraq, a New Level of Threat to Christians Oct. 17, 06

World Has Forgotten Iraqi Christians: Chaldean Patriarch Oct. 16, 06

Some 500 people attend funeral of beheaded priest Oct. 16, 06

Christians are vacating land of Christ Oct. 15, 06

Threats force Iraqi Christians to flee to Syria Oct. 15, 06

Turkey starts to admit it has an ‘Armenian Question Oct. 15, 06

Some Turks change religion as way to West Oct. 14, 06

Beleaguered Yazidi find peace high in Iraq's northern mountains
Oct. 14, 06

Beheading of Iraqi priest latest attack on minorities Oct. 14, 06

Kurdish Militia Attacks Assyrian TV Station in North Iraq Oct. 13, 06

Iraq priest 'killed over pope's speech' Oct. 13, 06

More than 35,000 Christians have fled violence in Iraq Oct. 13, 06

Prominent Assyrian Priest Beheaded Oct. 12, 06

Father Paulos Iskandar Killed by Terrorist Abductors Oct. 12, 06

Who Will Remember the Assyrian Genocide? Oct. 11, 06

Abducted and raped, young Christian women and girls are driven to
suicide in Iraq
Oct. 11, 06

Was the genocide of the Ottoman Empire in1915 only against the
Armenians, or included Assyrians also?
Oct. 10, 06

Traditional Assyrian Costumes Oct. 9, 06

Organisation and Substitutionism Oct. 8, 06

A Nation Without a Country Oct. 8, 06

Swedish authorities honor Malfono Gabriel Afram Oct. 7, 06

Christian husband and wife converts from Islam released Oct. 7, 06

Terror campaign targets Christians of Iraq Oct. 6, 06

In 20 years, there will be no more Christians in Iraq' Oct. 5, 06

\FIRST-PERSON: Assyrian haircut Oct. 5, 06

The Assyrians: Ignored Among Fears of an Iraqi Civil War Oct. 4, 06

Two Iranian Christians arrested in Mashad. Oct. 4, 06

Car Bombs at the Christian Assyrian shopping district in Baghdad killed 16,
injured 87
Oct. 4, 06

30 Christian families receive threats to leave Mosul - Iraq Oct. 2, 06

Mr. Sarkis Aghajan, the Finance Minister of the Kurdistan regional
Government Asks for more rights for the Assyrians
Oct. 2, 06


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