Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
these are only some examples of the situation of the Christians during the democratization process of Iraq in the years 2005 – 2008:
Jan., 17th 2005: The kidnapping of the Syrian-catholic bishop Bassil George Qasmoussa.
August 2005: Bomb attacks on the churches in Mosul and Kirkuk.
Jan., 29th 2006: Bomb attacks on eight churches in Mosul and Baghdad at the same time.
Oct, 11th 2006: The murder by beheading of the Syriac-orthodox priest Iskender Paulos
Â Behnam in Mosul.
June, 3rd 2007: The murder of the chaldean monk Ragheed Ganni and three deacons.
February 2008: Bomb attacks on nine churches in Mosul, Kirkuk and Baghdad.
Feb., 29th 2008: The kidnapping and murder of the chaldean archbishop Mar Boulus Faraj
April, 5th 2008: Shooting of the Syrian-orthodox priest Yusuf Adel Aboudi in Baghdad
2005 â€“ 2008: The massacres of hundreds of Syriac-Chaldean-Assyrian and the systematic
Â displacement of hundreds of thousands out from the country
The Syriac-Chaldean-Assyrian people has become a target of the terror and the ethnic cleansing. To speed up the cleansing churches are bombed and representatives of the church are killed. The Christian population of Basra, Kirkuk, Baghdad and Mosul was halved in the last three years. Other regions in Iraq were completely cleaned of Christians. The Syriac-Chaldean-Assyrian people are confronted in these days with a new genocide. Without effective preventive measures the indigene people of the region will be banished from Mesopotamia.
We must direct the attention of world politics on the Christians, in order to stop the assault. Therefore we organized a large demonstration. It will start in front of the US embassy in Brussels and will end with a meeting in Rond Point Schumann.
All churches, associations and institution of our people are cordially invited to attend this demonstration.
With kind regards
â€¢ Syriac-Orthodox Archdiocese in Germany – Bishop Julius Hanna Aydin an the board of the archdiocese
â€¢ European Syriac Union-ESU
â€¢ Federation Suryoye Germany – HSA
Information for the demonstration
Date: April, 19th 2008 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Start: In front of the US embassy 27 Bolevard du Regent
Meeting: Rond Point Schumann