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  • » 02/18/2009, 00.00

    IRAQ

    Dozens of Christian families go back to Mosul



    Over the past two months, 81 families have returned to the city. Sources for AsiaNews in Mosul say there is a climate of "hope and fear." The central government is paying more attention to the conditions of refugees. The Iraqi deputy minister criticizes European governments for "inciting families to flee."

    Mosul (AsiaNews) - Over the past two months, dozens of Iraqi Christian families have returned to Mosul. In the local community, there is a climate of "hope and fear"; in Baghdad, the government seems to be paying more attention to the conditions of refugees.

    Today, authorities in Mosul announced the return of a substantial group of Christian families to the city. One official confirms that "between January and February, 81 families returned to their homes." According to the department for immigration and refugees, there are still 10,000 families of refugees in Al-Hamadaniya, a district 30 kilometers east of Mosul.

    From Baghdad, there are signs of interest in the condition of refugees. The government says it is "taking care of the Christians," and the "concrete problems" of the people are beginning to be discussed. "This aspect," a local source confirms for AsiaNews, "is evident also in the results of the elections for the renewal of the provincial councils. Slogans of a religious nature were banned, and concrete questions were discussed: the shortage of electricity, of running water, of hospitals and health care, of telephone and postal communications, of roads and infrastructure."

    Yesterday, Asghar al-Moussaoui, Iraq's deputy minister for immigration and refugees, criticized European nations for "inciting Christian families to flee Iraq." "This statement is hardly credible," the source says, "especially at the present time: it seems more an individual position than that of the government, and sounds like quite a stretch." There are still many families of refugees in Jordan who are waiting for expatriate visas, and it is "difficult" for them to return to Iraq.

    For the Christians in Kurdistan, the situation is different: "These families," the source concludes, "hope to return to Mosul for two reasons. They want to take possession of their homes, their businesses, their property. Also, it is expensive to rent apartments in the Kurdish area, and often families are not able to afford them."

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    24/01/2009 VATICAN - IRAQ
    Pope receives robe and stole belonging to Archbishop Rahho and Fr. Ragheed, martyrs of Iraq
    The gifts were given at the concluding audience for the ad limina visit of the Chaldean bishops. Benedict XVI urges the promotion of education among young people, and coexistence with Muslims, defending equal rights for Christians and demanding security from the authorities. Concern over the refugees and emigrants. The value of the synod assembly, and of charity.

    07/02/2008 SYRIA - IRAQ - UN
    UN: More fleeing Iraq than returning
    A report from the UNHCR denies the figures of the Iraqi government on the number of refugees returning from Syria: there are 1200 per day who cross the border, compared to the 700 who return. 46 percent of those who come back to so for economic reasons, and 25 percent because they cannot renew their residency permits. And for the religious minorities, above all the Christians, thinking of coming back is like "going toward certain death".

    08/10/2008 IRAQ
    Mosul, martyrdom of Iraqi Christians continues
    Yesterday, three more victims - including a father and son - were killed by fundamentalists because they were guilty of "being Christian" in a country where a "systematic persecution" is now underway against non-Muslims. A source denounces "the silence" of the Iraqi media, and the inaction of the international community.

    16/10/2008 IRAQ
    Kurds and Arabs exchange accusations over attacks on Christians in Mosul
    The government says it does not believe that al Qaeda is behind the killings. Condemnation of the attacks has also come from the the highest Shiite authority, grand ayatollah Ali Sistani.

    11/10/2014 IRAQ - VATICAN
    Archbishop of Mosul: Christian families "desperate", solidarity of Synod important
    Msgr. Nona sees the message delivered yesterday by the participants in the Synod as “very important”. The spirit and soul of the refugees, said the prelate, is becoming “increasingly disheartened and desperate”. The challenge of Iraqi Christian families in remaining united and educating their children in a context of serious difficulties. The militias of the Islamic State ready to launch the attack on Baghdad.



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