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Exodus, Assimilation, Eradication:
Iraq’s minority communities since 2003

A report from Minority Rights Group International.pdf

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Where do all Assyrian refugees end up

Nuri Kino

March, 6, 2007  

ESNA - Now Södertälje is getting hot for journalists again.  This time it wasn’t Astra, Scania, soccer, basketball, hockey or crime.  It’s refugees.  BBC, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune and Swedish Radio/TV’s program “Conflict” are among those that have visited my hometown and asked the question “Why are so many refugees from Iraq coming to this small town in Sweden?” Unfortunately, the question has not been answered, at least not completely.

Those refugees now arriving in Södertälje are Christian Assyrians (also known as Syriacs and Chaldeans) or Mandeans (followers of John the Baptist).  The reason they come here, is that Södertälje is the Assyrian capital in the west,  Perhaps it sounds crazy but that’s the way it is.  Every fifth resident of Södertälje is an Assyrian (Syriac or Chaldean) who have settled here to find security and peace.  We come from Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Iran and Iraq.
This is what was told to the journalists.

The majority of those seeking asylum have arrived in Södertälje during the past seven years are from Iraq. First they fled the sanctions that were imposed on Iraq when the west established an embargo on the country due to Saddam Hussein’s regime and people were starving to death.  Now they are fleeing due to ethnic and religious persecution. If one is not a Muslim in large parts of today’s Iraq one is looked as an enemy.  If one is also born as a Christian you become a double enemy and should one assert their Assyrian (Syriac or Chaldean) heritage one becomes a triple enemy.
This is what was told to the journalists.

President Bush went to war using Christian rhetoric but once in Iraq he forgot the Christian Iraqis.  A day doesn’t pass in Södertälje that news of church bombings, rapes, beheading of priests, kidnapping of children and other “daily harassments” such as young girls being urinated upon are reported.  The Christians are automatically seen as allies of the west.  

This was stated by those interviewed.

According to the UN refugee organization UNHCR, a third of all the Iraqi refugees in the neighboring countries such as Syria, Turkey and Jordan are Christians.  It’s worth repeating, “a third!”  If three of a hundred Iraqis are Christian and thirty of a hundred are fleeing what does that imply?  Yes, ethnic cleansing.  In the shadow of the state of war in Iraq there is a genocide in progress or, at least, the beginning of one.  This is why they are arriving in Södertälje.  At least four of those refugees I have spoken to have stated this to the journalists but it hasn’t been published.

Journalists who are invited to the homes of people seeking asylum should listen to what is being told to them.

© EasternStar News Agency









Who are the Christians of Iraq?

Addar = March

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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
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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
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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

Kanoon II = January

Chaldean Family Caught Crossing US Border Illegall January 31, 07

Kurds seek US protection guarantees January 31, 07

Iraqi Kurds Betray US January 31, 07

Eastern Church Needs Aid From West to Survive January 31, 07

Turkey; don't Involve Iraqi Kurdish Administration in Oil Trade January 29, 07

About the Representative Ana Eshoo's Resolution to Congress January 29, 07

New Book by Rev. Misick on Assyrian Language & Literature January 28, 07

Mothers' Union Forms New Link with Baghdad January 27, 07

Secretary of State Rice and the Kurds January 27, 07

Presidential Hopefuls Express Support For Assyrian Christians! January 26, 07

Dink murder: Religious authorities remain silent, media withholds condemnation
January 26, 07

School preserves ancient culture January 24, 07

Turkey keeps nervous eye on Kirkuk January 23, 07

Tens of Thousands Mourn Turkish-Armenian Editor January 23, 07

What Iraq's Christians Need January 23, 07

Hrant Dink Killing as if Continuation of Armenian Genocide January 22, 07

Christians, Muslims flee Baghdad for Kurdistan January 22, 07

Remember The Church In Iraq January 21, 07

Iraq's Christians Call for Political Autonomy January 21, 07

Interview with Yonadam Kanna, Assyrian member of Iraqi Parliament.
January 20, 07

Congress, White House Flooded With Calls for 'Operation Assyrian Province'
January 20, 07

American Jewish Committee Speaks Up for Iraqi Religious Minorities

January 19, 07

Suffering Binds Iraq and Darfur January 19, 07

Iraqi Christians Lose All Hope with Violence, Anarchy January 19, 07

Iraqi, Afghani War Refugees Need Our Help January 18, 07

Iraq's Kurds Face Mounting Anger From All Sides January 18, 07

Iraq moving towards division, says bishop of Kirkuk January 16, 07

Genocide Discussions and Freedom of Expression in Turkey January 16, 07

An Assyrian Archaeologist's Journey January 15, 07

US Jewish lobby warns : it may not be able to block the Armenian genocide bill
January 15, 07

T.V. Report about the plight of the Assyrians in Iraq January 14, 07

Mehrdad Izady & the History of Kurdish Christianity; Falsification of Facts
January 13, 07

Murders, Abductions, Threats, Everyday Occurrences for Mosul Christians
January 12, 07

A Biography of Helena Guergis, Canada's Secretary of State January 12, 07

Turkey Shouldnt fear the Assyrian genocide January 11, 07

A Christian Neighborhood in Baghdad January 11, 07

Christians Shut Out Of National Conference In Baghdad January 11, 07

A Christian Exodus From the Arab World January 11, 07

World War One Genocide in Turkey January 10, 07

The Ken Joseph Report “I sat in stunned silence…” January 10, 07

Paris approves Armenian genocide bill January 8, 07

Assyrian Woman Appointed As Secretary of State in Canada January 8, 07

Few Stories of Hope for Iraq's Christians January 7, 07

US must recognize Iraq's humanitarian crisis January 7, 07

Good News For The Christians of Iraq ! January 5, 07

Theological university and seminary moved January 5, 07

If Iraq fragments, what's Plan B? January 4, 07

IRAQ: Minorities tormented under sectarian violence January 4, 07

Christian Assyrians in Iraq January 4, 07

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Kholo Malke on the way to Germany January 3, 07

Expansion of The Assyrian Radio program "Qolo" January 3, 07

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Georgia Releases Assyrian General on Bail January 2, 07

Ancient Assyrian Fortress in Iraq to Be Preserved January 2, 07

Kanoon I = December

Exiles joyful, concerned December 31, 06

Killing goes on as Saddam Hussein is executed and churches pray December 30, 06

Iraqi Americans react to death of Saddam Hussein
December 30, 06

Turkey Should not Deny the Turth if it Wants to be Believed December 30, 06

Forgive Saddam Hussein ? December 30, 06

Ancient Assyrians in northwest Iran near Urmia December 26, 06

Assyrian Genocide Claims 'Bogus,' Says Turkish Historian December 26, 06

A Tireless Campaigner for the Assyrian Christians of Iraq December 26, 06

Iraq, Christians Come Out to Worship December 26, 06

Christians Celebrate Christmas in Iran December 26, 06

Iraqi Christians Debate Self-Autonomy to Halt Exodus December 26, 06

Iraq's embattled religious minorities December 26, 06

We Must Not Forget the Plight of Middle Eastern Christians December 23, 06

Avoiding the Final Betrayal: Protecting Iraqi Christians December 23, 06

Nina Shea Testifies Before Congress on Behalf of Iraq's Assyrians
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December 23, 06

Conference in Sweden Calls for Assyrian Safe-haven in Iraq December 21, 06

Christians thrown to the lions in Iraq December 21, 06

Iraqi refugees - a tragedy stretching beyond Syria December 19, 06

Iraqi Christians under fire December 19, 06

Fleeing Nineveh: Assyrians of Iraq and Self Governance December 18, 06

No Christmas Celebrations in Iraq, Says Chaldean Patriarch December 18, 06

Groups call for relief for Iraqi Christians December 18, 06

Methodists Highlight the Plight of Indigenous Iraqi Christians December 17, 06

Pontiff Appeals for Aid for Iraqi Refugees in Syria December 17, 06

Christmas in Mosul Under Threat of Sharia December 15, 06

Kurds and the Assyrian Homeland December 15, 06

Assyrian National Party rejects Baker-Hamilton's plans December 15, 06

U.S. Iraqi Christian Community Debates How to Help Relatives December 15, 06

Deviousness of the Kurdish officials December 14, 06

Iraq Insurgents Threaten Attacks Against Christian Women December 14, 06

Gifts for the Children of Nineveh December 13, 06

Help Our Assyrian Children December 13, 06

Iraq : Another Pries Feared Kidnapped December 10, 06

Iraq shapes the Assyrian cadet's background, future December 10, 06

Jordan, Syria May Close Borders to Iraqi Refugees December 9, 06

Visitors from Iraq December 8, 06

Assyrian Delegation in the European Parliament December 8, 06

Private Saudis Said to Fund Iraq Insurgents December 7, 06

Terrorists Bomb Church in Iraq December 7, 06

Iraq Is the Fastest-Growing Refugee Crisis in the World December 5, 06

Iraqi Christians plead for help, tell of 'ethnic cleansing' December 5, 06

Assyrian Christians 'Most Vulnerable Population' in Iraq December 5, 06

One Priest Killed in Iraq, another abucted December 5, 06

Comparing the Muslim and Christian Conceptions of God December 4, 06

Assyrian Delegation from Georgia Visits North Iraq December 4, 06

Another clergy murdered in Mosul December 4, 06

Dutch EP Member Inquiry Into Assassination of Assyrian Leader December 3, 06

Assyrians: Iraq's Overlooked Victims December 2, 06

Christians for Assyrians of Iraq Plan Demonstration December 2, 06

Iraq's Vatican Ambassador Seeks More Help December 2, 06

Assyrian Delegation At the European Parliament December 1, 06

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

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



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