Terrorist's Objective Is
to Impede Reconstruction
BAGHDAD, Iraq, SEPT. 27, 2004 (Zenit.org).-
Nine Iraqi Chaldean Assyrians workers were killed in Baghdad
on Monday, accused of being collaborators of the United States.
Six of the workers were young Chaldean Christians.
The news was confirmed by Auxiliary
Bishop Shlemon Warduni of the Chaldean Patriarchate, in statements
The prelate explained that, from his
point of view, it was not an attack against Christians. "I
think they were killed only because they were workers,"
he said to the papal broadcasting station.
"Many groups don't want anyone
to work. But, how can people live without working?" the
The insecurity that reigns in the country
is causing great anxiety. "People are afraid to go out and
the number of those who go to Church is diminishing," he
"Some Churches have started catechetical
activities; others have not for fear of having someone kidnapped.
It is also difficult to gather young people. We'll see what happens
with the schools, as classes have not yet started," he continued.
The Chaldean Church is working for the
release of hostages in Iraq, in particular the two Italian women
volunteers, who work assisting children in Baghdad, he said.
"Hundreds of people have been kidnapped
for which they demand a ransom of between $10,000, to $20,000,
to $50,000 per head," he concluded.
Last week in Mosul, terrorists kidnapped
and decapitated another 30-year old Chaldean Christian, who managed
a small gift and souvenir shop near the university.
Many Iraqi Christians speak foreign
languages well, which is the reason why foreign businesses want
to be associated with them, both for retail businesses as well
as import/export enterprises, reported Aid to the Church in Need
Since the official declaration of war
a year and a half ago, more than 80 Christians have died at the
hands of Muslim terrorists, 20 of them in September of this year,
The decapitation of two of the 20 was
recorded on a cassette distributed in Mosul. In August, several
churches and priests' residences were targets of attacks.