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For Iraqi priest, the Islamic State has destroyed Christians' trust in Muslims
Fr Youhanna Issa works with hundreds of Mosul refugees who found refuge in Aqra. The winter has made the emergency worse, as people are forced to stay in dilapidated houses, without much food. Uncertainty about the future fuels a desire to emigrate. Thefts, robberies and violence have undermined relations with Muslims. The Church's action is "fundamental" in a crisis that is bound "to last".
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".
11/05/2016 19:48:00 IRAQ
For Chaldean Patriarchate, no Christian families are left in Mosul, tax payment a false rumour
Some reports claim that some Christian families still live under caliphate rule, paying the jizya. For Iraqi Church, only some captive and disabled Christians are left in the city. Car bomb in Baghdad kills scores in crowded market.
16/05/2017 16:47:00 IRAQ
Chaldean patriarchate against Christian enclave in Nineveh Plain proposed by Syriac bishops
A Syriac Catholic and two Syriac Orthodox prelates demand again a protected area for Christians in northern Iraq, with administrative autonomy and international protection. This position does not represent the view of Patriarch Sako. Chaldeans and the Iraqi Church call for upholding Iraq’s territorial unity against the ghetto trap.
20/09/2016 17:41:00 IRAQ
Erbil: to rebellious priests and monks, the Chaldean Church responds with unity, says Patriarch Sako
The upcoming Chaldean synod will focus on a new bishop for the Diocese of San Diego, liturgy renewal, help for Mosul refugees, and beatification of Chaldean martyrs. For the Chaldean primate, “closer and more effective action among bishops” and a united position on the country’s political future and the role of Christians are needed.
For Mar Sako, one year after the Mosul tragedy, only unity and reconciliation can save Iraq
On the first anniversary of the great exodus from the Nineveh Plain, the Chaldean Patriarch addresses a letter to Iraq’s government and parliament. In it, he denounces the difficult conditions in which Christians and Yezidis still live, as well as the thousands of deaths among Muslims. Peace is the only response to the violence of extremist groups who "exploit religion".
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