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    » 05/03/2010, 00.00

    IRAQ

    Car bomb targets Christian student’s bus near Mosul



    The toll is one dead and 100 wounded. For over five years the University of Mosul has been in the sights of Islamic extremists who want to convert students and kill the girls who do not wear the veil.

    Baghdad (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Another targeted attack on the Christian minority.  Iraqi police said the two attacks took place yesterday in the north, where the community decimated by years of religious persecution now live en masse. The attackers used a car bomb and improvised explosive device, detonated by the passage of buses carrying students residing in the town of Hamdaniya, 40 km east of Mosul. The toll is of 100 wounded and one person dead, a Christian, owner of a shop located near the site of the explosions.

    The students, all Christians, "we were traveling by bus from the University of Mosul, despite constant threats under which they live," said Nissan Karoumi, Mayor of Hamdaniya. For over five years the University of Mosul has been in the sights of Islamic extremist groups fighting for the conversion of young students. Often leaflets circulate in the university that promise to "kill every Iraqi woman who does not wear the veil" and anyone wearing "Western" clothes.

    Mosul itself has long been the most dangerous area of Iraq for the Christian minority.  The Diaspora increases daily and many now argue that the city may soon become completely Muslim, if authorities do not take serious measures to curb the violence and punish those responsible for attacks that mostly remain unknown.

    The political and sectarian tension is rising and the parliamentary elections of 7 March, have not yet shown a real winner. The country is in the grips of a power vacuum, while the various factions fight for a place in the new government, under pressure from rival outside powers like Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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    02/12/2010 IRAQ
    Christian murdered in Mosul: bishops protest to Government
    A young engineer was abducted from his shop and killed in a place nearby. Christian delegation withdraws in protest from a government conference on coexistence and tolerance. Mgr Sako: "It 's our democratic right to demand the authorities defend Christians."

    06/12/2010 IRAQ
    Two more Christians murdered overnight in Baghdad
    The killings prompt exodus. Some 500 families fleeing from Baghdad and Mosul to the north. That might not hold up to the influx of refugees. Meanwhile, the government promises 400 dollars in aid to every family that leaves.

    25/02/2010 IRAQ
    Bishop of Mosul: humanitarian emergency. Hundreds of Christian families fleeing violence
    Mgr Nona speaks of an “unending Via Crucis”. The archdiocese helps the refugees with basic necessities, but "the situation is dramatic." The prelate will go to Baghdad to seek the intervention of the central government. Mgr Sako, archbishop of Kirkuk, will launch a "demonstration and a fast" to remember "the massacre of Iraqi Christians."

    14/11/2009 IRAQ
    Mosul armed group kills 16 year old Christian on doorstep of home
    Rami Katchik belongs to the Armenian community. The murder occurred in the neighbourhood of Tahrir. The police say motive is not yet clear. Fr. Hazem Girgis, a local priest: It is one of the many crimes committed to eradicate Christians from the area and force them to leave.

    17/01/2011 IRAQ
    Christian doctor assaulted in Mosul
    The victim is one of the most famous cardiologists in the region. An armed group shot him at point-blank range, the man is seriously injured. West accused: you can not do anything for Christians because you no longer have Christian roots and are indifferent to religion.



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