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Baghdad patriarch: flight of 100,000 Christians from Nineveh Plain turning into humanitarian catastrophe
ISIS militiamen have attacked predominantly Christian towns, including Qaraqosh, the most important Christian city in the north. Mar Sako makes an appeal, speaks of "a real risk genocide." As Churches are desecrated, ancient manuscripts are destroyed. The "power vacuum" in Baghdad is helping Islamist expansionist ambitions.
Christians' survival in Iraq increasingly difficult
The archbishop of Kirkuk tells AsiaNews that since the Iran-Iraq war the situation of Christians has become more and more complicated. But he urges people to be strong and patient. The importance of dialogue is expressed in a dinner during Ramadan attended by Muslim religious and political leaders.
Young Christian driver abducted on the road to Mosul
The kidnap took place on the same day as the abduction of the 8 Christian students and teachers Wednesday last. The young man maintained a family of 10 people with his job. Christian villages in the North increasingly insecure.
More attacks against Christians in Mosul
A deacon seriously hurt. A Christian killed before his house on Christmas Eve. The impotence of the government and avoidance of responsibilities. Nearly 2 thousand Christians killed in 6 years.
Baghdad Patriarch calls for prayer of peace one year after Nineveh’s fall
Overnight on 6-7 August 2014, Islamic State terrorists seized Christian the villages in the Nineveh Plain and forced out hundreds of thousands of people. A year later, Mar Sako addresses a prayer to the pope and the bishops of the world "to join with us in this sad anniversary."
Almost calm Easter celebrations in Baghdad, Mosul and Basra
After years of difficulties this is the first Easter and Holy Week that is fully celebrated. In Baghdad Patriarch Delly urges the faithful not to let attacks stop them. In Mosul about 80 per cent of the Christian community is back in town. Iraqi President Jalal Talabani releases a message of best wishes for the occasion.
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