» 06/06/2008, 00.00
+ Louis Sako
Iraq’s Christian cultural heritage belongs to all, let us save it!
Kirkuk’s Chaldean archbishop appeals to UNESCO. The Christian exodus from Iraq jeopardises the survival of churches and manuscripts found nowhere else in the world. The United Nations and the international community should do something.
Kurdish guns threaten to bring a new humanitarian catastrophe to Iraqi minorities
Human Rights Watch raises the alarm, confirmed by AsiaNews sources. Plan includes setting up a ghetto in the Nineveh Plains for Christians and guarantee Kurds control over resource-rich Kirkuk. Humanitarian aid is given in exchange for support as dissidents get crushed.
Another targeted killing against Mosul’s Christian community
Gunmen kill a 30-year-old man on his way home. One attacker gets out of the car to make sure he is dead. The last liquor store is closed in the province of Babylon, and its owner is arrested. Iraq is drifting towards fundamentalism and the Islamisation of the country.
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Kurdistan referendum sparks fear in Christians, Yazides and Turkmen
Five meters high and two wide the statue was in the center of the city. Since 2003, 90% of Christians have left the city, 300 families remain. The Chaldean Archbishop offers a monument dedicated to all religions.The campaign for the independence of Kurdistan is mounting to push the population to vote "yes" in the referendum. But several Christians are concerned about the tensions with Baghdad and the rise of Kurdish Islamic parties. Yazid and Turkmen threatened. The US proposal to postone the referendum and open three years of negotiations in view of Kurdistan's independence. At least 50,000 troops packed at the border.
New anti-Christian attack in Mosul, two sisters killed
Eyewitnesses say the gang that carried out the attack was made up of men ranging in age from 16 to 18. Attackers killed the young women in cold blood then placed a bomb at the entrance of their house, killing two policemen when it went off. Sources tell AsiaNews that the violence is tied to an ongoing “power struggle” ahead of upcoming provincial council elections.
Synod, an opportunity to stop the Christian exodus from Iraq
Iraq’s Christian community could disappear if the international community does not intervene to guarantee its presence in this land. Emigration should be discouraged and Christian-Muslim reconciliation should be encouraged.
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