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Christian teacher has throat cut in Mosul, plunging city in fear again
Shdha Elias, 54, was a Chaldean teacher. Her body was found by police. Church source tells AsiaNews that she joins a long list of Christian martyrs in the city. Tensions between Sunnis and Shias are on the rise as no real solution for peace and national reconciliation appears possible.
Mosul (AsiaNews) - Police in Mosul found the body of a Christian woman
with her throat cut. The gruesome discovery was made today in an area where attacks
have been perpetrated in the past against members of the city's Christian
minority, some, like abducted Bishop Faraj Rahho and Fr Ragheed Ganni, murdered.
Sources told AsiaNews that the
victim is Shdha Elias, a 54-year-old Chaldean, who worked as a teacher "in a
school in the al Bath neighbourhood." She "lived however in Bar Nirgal, near
the university". With her death, she joins "the long list of Christian martyrs
For the source, "Tensions between Sunnis and Shias are running high across
Iraq, not only in the North. And peace and national reconciliation appear far
Mosul is a stronghold of Sunni Wahhabism, which is closely tied to Saudi
Arabia. For experts on Iraqi politics, the aim is "to set up a state based on
Sharia," with the Qur'an and the Sunnah as the basis of legislation and "Islam
as the only state religion". In such a system, members of other religions can
choose between conversion, flight or paying taxes for non-Muslims.
In northern Iraq, Christians have been targeted for murder and
kidnapping for the purpose of extortion. They have also been caught in the
crossfire between Arabs, Turkmen and Kurds vying for power and control of the
area's rich oil resources.
In ten years of conflict, the Christian community has lost more than
half of its members in an exodus of 'Biblical' proportions following a series
A Christian official in Mosul Governatorate, anonymous for security
reasons, acknowledged that "many Christian families" have fled. "They have lost
confidence in everything," he said. "The government is incapable of doing
anything to protect them. What future do non-Muslims have in countries where
Mosul archbishop on anti-Christian violence and the miracle of Christmas
Mgr Emil Shimoun Nona acknowledged that tensions are running high in the city and that residents are fed up with politicians and officials. Basic services like water, electricity and fuel are inadequate. Christians are victims of the ongoing power struggle, which tends to intensify before elections. Hope remains however, nurtured by "beautiful and crowded Christmas celebrations".
Mosul: targeted execution of Christians continues in media and government silence
Yesterday an armed group killed a 45 year-old businessman. It is the second murder in less than 24 hours. Witnesses said security forces were at the scene but did not intervene. AsiaNews sources: they blame al Qaeda, but Christians are victims "of the power struggle" between Arabs and Kurds.
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.
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."
Mosul, a Christian businessman killed as the faithful celebrate their new archbishop
Cold-blooded execution of a 52-year-old Syrian Catholic, married and father of two daughters. Local sources complain: a new attack to push the Christians toward the plain of Nineveh. Yesterday, Msgr. Emil Shimoun Nona, the new archbishop of Mosul, made his entry into the diocese.
Pope Francis tells young people that “genuine love” is not a “soap opera”, but Christians’ real identity card
In his homily for the Jubilee of Teens, Pope Francis asked questions and gave answers to the 70,000 present. Stressing the great ideal of love as giving oneself “without being possessive”, he noted that freedom is “being able to choose the good”. He warned young people “who dare not dream,” telling them that “If you do not dream at your age, you are already ready for retirement”. He also received funds raised for the Ukraine, and appealed for the release of bishops and the priests held in Syria.
Odd alliance between the US and Iranian fundamentalists
Washington is still preventing the use of US dollars in transactions with Iranian banks, preventing business with the outside world in spite of the nuclear deal. This way, the US is helping Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guards, who want to torpedo the agreement in order to maintain their hold on power. Meanwhile, most Iranians hold down two or three jobs just to make ends meet. An unstable and bellicose Iran is a boon for arms sales. A report follows.
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