Monthly Archives: March 2009

Mauritius-Iraqi-refugees

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Catholic Church criticizes Mauritius on Iraqi refugees APA-Port Louis (Mauritius) The head of the Catholic Church in Mauritius, Bishop Maurice Piat on Tuesday expressed his indignation at the fate Christians in Iraq after the silence surrounding the persecution of Christians in the country.…

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U.S. State Department overlooks ‘especially dire’ religious freedom violations in Iraq

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Washington D.C., Mar 31, 2009 / 02:03 am (CNA).- Newly public information shows that the U.S. State Department in January rejected a recommendation that Iraq be named a Country of Particular concern due to “especially dire” threats to minorities’ religious freedoms. The State Department also granted waivers for Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia, where religious freedom…

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Iraq: The most dangerous place in the world for Christians

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Posted By: Canon Andrew White Posted in: Faithbook , The Christians of Iraq are some of the oldest and long standing Christians in the world. Here among these wonderful people is still spoken the language of our Lord. Ninety-eight per cent of my people at St George’s, Baghdad originate from…

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AP Exclusive: UN suggests power-sharing for Kirkuk

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By LARA JAKES KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Seeking to head off an explosion of ethnic violence, the United Nations will call for a power-sharing system of government for Iraq’s deeply divided region of Kirkuk in the oil-rich north.…

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Christians being ‘squeezed out’ in Iraq

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Allie Martin -Christians in Iraq are being assisted by a ministry that raises awareness of the persecuted church worldwide. Open Doors USA has set up pharmacies and other medical projects throughout Iraq. The pharmacies not only help Iraqi Christians find affordable medicine, but they also provide jobs for refugees in northern Iraq.…

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Don’t use treaty to discriminate, report

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ANKARA – A Council of Europe report has warned Turkey against using a “wrong interpretation” of the Lausanne Treaty as a pretext for refusing to implement minority rights, it has been learned. The 30-page report, which has not yet been published, highlights that minority rights…

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Missionary Couple Invites Catholics to Visit Iraq

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Says Dioceses Need Support to Preserve Christian Communities By Genevieve Pollock (Zenit.org).- A couple transplanted to Northern Iraq is rallying support for the Church in the region, which needs the worldwide community to aid its time of new hope and rebuilding.…

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Second Yezidi man found murdered near Mosul

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Author : DPA Mosul, Iraq – In the second such killing in as many days, police on Thursday said they had found the body of another member of the minority Yezidi sect murdered near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Police said the man had been shot in the head and in the chest, and…

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Three Iraqi schoolchildren killed in Mosul bomb attack – Summary

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Baghdad – Three children were killed on Wednesday when a bomb planted in a rubbish bin near a school in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul exploded as students were leaving classes in the afternoon. Their deaths brought the number of civilians killed by insurgents in the city on Wednesday to five, medics and police…

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Video: Iraqi Christians in peril

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“A time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God” – John 16:2 Produced by the Chaldean Church in Beirut, Lebanon. USA distribution by: Religious Freedom Coalition www.rfcnet.org The following interview with canon andrew white concerns the same topic. Go here to read the original…

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A Forgotten Humanitarian Disaster

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The truth is that we want to forget the Iraqi humanitarian disaster, because the West is responsible. The crimes against the humanity of a near ‘genocidal’ scale in Iraq are swept under the carpet, says Lieven De Cauter.…

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U.N. estimates 2 million people left Iraq

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Tina Wolfe THE WASHINGTON TIMES Steven plays with a toy phone on a sheetless mattress in a tiny room of bare, chipped walls. The 4-year-old’s mother, Nada, looks on while holding his restless younger sister in her arms.…

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Leaving Iraq III – A Childhood Under Saddam

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By Sahar S. Gabriel Kids were taught in Saddam’s day never to refer to him as President, always as Baba (Papa) Saddam. He was a frightening figure. People used to name their kids Saddam so it would help them in the future.…

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First Iraqi Refugees Arrive in Germany

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A first group of 122 Iraqi refugees arrived in Germany on Thursday this week. The government in Berlin — which will accept a total of 2,500 Iraqi refugees in the coming weeks and months — will provide all of them with long-term residency papers, language courses, housing, and work permits. The other 26 EU member…

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Iraqi Christian refugees arrive in Germany

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by Jenna Lyle Around 120 Christian refugees from Iraq arrived in Germany on Thursday in search of a better and safer future away from the turmoil of their home country. Many of the refugees who arrived at Hanover airport were single mothers and their…

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100 Iraqi Christians Begin New Life in Germany

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By Ethan Cole More than 100 Iraqi Christians arrived in Germany on Thursday to begin a new life away from the violence and persecution they endured back in their homeland. The group, which included single mothers, children and the sick, had come from being refugees in Syria, according to The Associated Press.…

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Leaving Iraq: An Iraqi Christian

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By Sahar S. Gabriel Almost six years to the day since the American invasion of Iraq, Sahar S. Gabriel, a Christian Iraqi translator who worked for The New York Times in Baghdad, has left Iraq to move to America with her family on a refugee program.…

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Iraqi Christians start new life in Germany

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BERLIN: More than 100 Iraqi Christians and other refugees have landed in Germany to seek a safer future. Some of the adults had tears in their eyes as they got off a plane from Syria that landed in Hannover, Germany, on Thursday.…

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Statue pits family against homeowners association

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BY KORIE WILKINS • FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER •Post a CommentRecommendPrint this page E-mail this article Share A Novi family is in a dispute with their homeowners association again — this time over a Virgin Mary statue.…

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