hristian Leader Slams ISIS Crimes in Iraq

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Iraqi Christians attend a mass at the Church in Erbil. AFP
Cairo, London- Asharq Al Awsat
Rayan al-Kildani, leader of the PMF’s Babylon Brigades, hinted that ISIS was the reason behind the latest crimes that targeted Christians in Baghdad. Continue reading

Christians, Muslims and lay people in favour of Patriarch Sako’s candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize

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For Mar Sako, the candidacy helps “keep alive the focus on the Iraqi people, on the Christian community” and defeat “marginalisation and indifference” towards minorities. Muslim support for his nomination is “important” and represents a “sign of closeness”, opening “the door to progress and democracy”. For the archbishop of Kirkuk, this is a Continue reading

Sweden Tries to ‘Starve’ Out Christian Asylum Seeker

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Dale Hurd
STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Aideen Strandsson is a woman without a country. She may live in Sweden, but she is a stateless person, with no passport, no citizenship and no way to get a job. She lives every day with the knowledge she could be deported to her native Iran where, as a Christian, she would face grave danger. Continue reading

Christian activists warn of slaughter of Syrian civilians in Afrin

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Dale Gavlak Catholic News Service
CNS SYRIA CHRISTIANS WARNINGS 800Residents flee after Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army fighters captured the village of Khaldieh in Afrin, Syria. Christian activists warn that 1 million Syrian civilians will face certain slaughter in northwestern Afrin, where they allege Turkey and its militant allies have already carried out “war crimes” Continue reading

UNHCR responds to diversifying needs of Iraqis with the assistance of the Government of Sweden

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Baghdad, Iraq Date: 13 March 2018
As Iraq transitions out of crisis, families affected by conflict face new and diverse challenges. While millions of Iraqis are rebuilding their lives, an estimated 8.7 million people are still in need of lifesaving assistance. Some 2.3 million people are displaced and many of the 3.5 million people who returned to their homes remain vulnerable. Continue reading

The Long Road Back for Iraq’s Minorities

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Elie Abouaoun
Editor’s Note: This is the third and final installment of a series, produced in collaboration with the U.S. Institute of Peace, on the challenges faced by a post-ISIL Iraq. Read the first and second installments.
Across northern Iraq, in places like the Nineveh Plain and Sinjar, members of the Continue reading

Chaldo-Assyrian American Association urges support The Nineveh Plain Restoration Act

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Date: 03.01.2018
The Honorable Edward R. Royce
2170 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

Re: Support H. Res 741- The Nineveh Plain Restoration Act Dear Chairman Royce,

On behalf of the Chaldo-Assyrian American Association, I am writing to respectfully urge you to support H. Res 741- The Nineveh Plain Restoration Act, which supports the rebuilding Continue reading

Friar trains Iraqis to preserve ‘treasures’ rescued from Daesh

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Father Najeeb Michaeel inspects an old Christian book at the Oriental Manuscript Digitisation Centre (CNDO) in Arbil, the capital of Iraq's autonomous northern Kurdish region, on March 1, 2018. In August 2014 Father Najeeb Michaeel and three friars from his congregation piled two cars full of rare manuscripts, 16th century books and unpublished manuscripts, to save them from the imminent arrival of advancing Islamic State jihadists. / AFP / SAFIN HAMED

Agence France Presse
BAGHDAD: As militants swept across Iraq three years ago, he rescued a treasure trove of ancient religious manuscripts from near-certain destruction. Father Najeeb Michaeel is now training fellow Iraqis to preserve their heritage.
“My duty is to save our heritage, a significant treasure,” the Dominican friar told AFP in Continue reading