The Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul has told Newsmax that Christians in Iraqâ€™s second-largest city live in a state of constant fear. Most families that fled the city lastÂ autumn following anti-Christian violence have used up their savings and had to return, according to Archbishop Emil Shimoun Nona.
â€œThere is always the fear. They know that they are targets.â€
Local Christians face harassment from Kurdish security forces and are suffering from Iraqi political infighting. â€œIâ€™m not denying there are religious extremists,â€ Archbishop Nona said, â€œbut definitely, these Islamic fundamentalists are being used by politicians, so itâ€™s a mix.â€
â€œIf world public opinion knew this, politicians in America could influence Iraqâ€™s politicians to keep us out of their political struggle, since a major part of our problem is the political struggle amongst the Iraqi parties.â€