12/14/2013, 00.00
Send to a friend

Baghdad, the local government erects a Christmas tree to show solidarity with Christians

The five meter tall tree will be erected in the neighborhood of Karrada on the east bank of the Tigris River. The area is a symbol of peaceful coexistence between Christians and Muslims.

Baghdad ( AsiaNews) -  Baghdad's local government has decided to show its solidarity with the Christians and try to stem the exodus of the minority from the country with a Christmas tree on the banks of the Tigris River. The initiative was announced by Salah Abdel Razzaq , Head of the Cultural Committee of the provincial council in Baghdad.

The 5 meter tall tree will be erected in the coming days in the neighborhood of Karrada , on the eastern side of theTigris River tigers, where Christians and Muslims, Shiites and Sunnis, live together peacefully.

After the U.S. invasion in 2003 , Islamic extremists have targeted the Christian minority , killing hundreds of people, including priests , businessmen , doctors, and politicians. This situation has prompted thousands of Christians to flee Iraq, the number has dropped over the past 10 years from over 2 million to less than 300 thousand .


Send to a friend
Printable version
See also
Chaldean Christians, after five years the crestfallen dream of Iraq
Mgr Sako: Martyrdom, the gift of the Iraqi Church to the world. More blood in Baghdad
Iraqi Refugees: Christmas “the alternative to violence”
Nineveh Christians renewing their future after the Islamic State
07/08/2018 16:44
Catholic music to promote dialogue in Ambon, the city of sectarian violence
17/10/2018 13:29


Subscribe to Asia News updates or change your preferences

Subscribe now
“L’Asia: ecco il nostro comune compito per il terzo millennio!” - Giovanni Paolo II, da “Alzatevi, andiamo”