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Updated list of Opression and Murders of the Assyrians in Iraq Not reported by the International Press

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Baghdad: priest missing, feared kidnapped

November 20, 2006

Asia News

There has been no news of Fr Doglas, Chaldean parish priest of St Elias Church, since yesterday morning. The Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad says it is “very likely” he has been kidnapped. Fears are growing that these criminal moves are aimed at striking more active religious figures in a bid to discourage Christians from remaining in Iraq.

Baghdad (AsiaNews) – Christians in Baghdad fear yet another priest has been kidnapped. Fr Doglas Yousef Al Bazy - 34 years, Chaldean – left his parish yesterday morning and has not yet returned home.

The alarm was raised swiftly throughout Iraq and the diaspora via the Internet and SMS: the young priest’s community and leaders of Iraq’s Chaldean Church believe it is “highly likely” that he has been kidnapped. If their misgivings are proved right, this would be the latest in a long list of kidnappings targeting Christian clerics. Not only gangs of common criminals are suspected to be behind the spate of kidnappings.

The Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad, Mgr Shleman Warduni, told AsiaNews: “Patriarch Delly and I have activated our contacts, hoping they would give us hope but so far we have had no replies. That he was kidnapped is a very likely hypothesis, but there is no confirmation as yet.”

Fr Doglas was ordained some 10 years ago. Mgr Warduni described him as a man who was “very active in the diocese, committed especially to accompanying youth.” He is secretary of the Institute for Religious Teaching and also of the Council of Church leaders in Baghdad. A few months ago, he was put in charge of St Elias Parish.

The Auxiliary Bishop said: “There are many theories about why Christians are kidnapped: crime, religious fanaticism, money, the intent to create division among the people.” He continued: “We hope that those who have taken him have a conscience and understand that we priests desire only to bring the Good News to people and to work for the good of all Iraqis. We are for the unity of Iraq and we ask to be able to work together with our co-nationals to rebuild our country and to attain peace and security.” However, among the Chaldean community, the idea is increasingly taking hold that threats and kidnappings are not carried out indiscriminately, but that they “target those people who are most involved in the Christian community, the younger and more courageous ones, almost as if to give a warning to those who persist in hoping that they will be able to continue living in the country.”

AsiaNews sources said the situation in the country has become “unbearable”. Christians rarely leave their homes but they are not the only ones to suffer. They say: “No place is safe anymore. Even workplaces are no longer safe. In recent months, bakers have been killed in Baghdad just because they formed typical rhomboidal shaped loaves, in the vague semblance of a cross.”

Finally, Mgr Warduni made an appeal to the likely kidnappers of Fr Doglas: “If you have a conscience and believe in God, do not do him any ill and free him as soon as possible, safe and sound.”












Who are the Christians of Iraq?

Tishrin II = November

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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 Language Dictionary Project 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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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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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