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As the UN declares a refugee emergency in Iraq, world Churches pray for fleeing Christians
The United Nations has declared a "Level 3 Emergency," its highest, to facilitate the mobilisation of assets and resources. The situation of minorities displaced by advancing Islamists is getting worse. The archbishop of Singapore and the Italian Bishops' Conference express their solidarity through prayers. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I speaks out against indifference and silence. In Mosul, Islamists "cancel" the street named after Mgr Rahho.
Car bomb against Mosul church as Mgr Warduni calls attacks in Baghdad premeditated
In northern Iraq Our Lady of Fatima Church is hit; nearby Shia mosque is also damaged. Local sources warn of new attacks “against churches and monasteries”. A new Christian exodus is feared. For auxiliary bishop of Baghdad attacks were “organised”; he appeals for peace.
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".
06/10/2008 IRAQ – UNITED NATIONS
UN criticises Iraq’s new election law
UN special envoy hopes for the return of Article 50 which guarantees seats to ethnic and religious minorities in upcoming provincial council elections. Muslim community shows its solidarity to Kirkuk’s Christian community.
18/09/2017 19:59:00 UNITED NATIONS – IRAQ
UN and Iran oppose Kurdistan referendum, Israel supports it
The United Nations Secretary-General comes out against the vote, saying it weakens the fight against the Islamic State. Iran is ready to close the border in case of independence. Rhetoric notwithstanding, Barzani’s move is designed to keep himself in power. Israel backs Kurdistan, sending a message to the United States and Turkey.
27/09/2004 UN - IRAQ
Willingness to hold international conference on Iraq is emerging, Solana says
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