Plea from Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon

Here is the desperate appeal from Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon Louis Raphael Sako, posted at numerous websites. I took this from Rorate Caeli:

– The ISIS militants attacked with mortars most of the villages of the plain of Nineveh, during the night of August 6-7 and now they are controlling the area. The Christians, about one hundred thousand, horrified and panicked fled their villages and houses with nothing but the clothes on their backs. An exodus, a real via cruces, Christians are walking on foot in Iraq’s searing summer heat towards the Kurdish cities of Erbil, Duhok and Soulaymiya, the sick, the elderly, infants and pregnant women among them They are facing a human catastrophe and risk a real genocide. They need water, food, shelter…

Regarding the churches and church properties in the villages now being occupied by the ISIS militants, we have reports of destruction and desecration. The old manuscripts and documents (1500) are being burnt.

As evident to all, the Central Government is incapable of enforcing law and order in this part of the country. There are also doubts about the capacity of the Kurdistan Region alone to defend the fierce advance of the jihadists. Clearly, there is lack of cooperation between the Central Government and the Regional Autonomous Government. This “vacuum” is profited by the ISIS to impose their rule and terror. There is a need of international support and a professional, well equipped army. The situation is going from bad to worse.

We appeal with sadness and pain to the conscience of all and all people of good will and the United Nations and the European Union, to save these innocent persons from death We hope it is not too late!

Rorate Caeli then printed several updates to the above plea:

Update: 11:30 a.m. GMT: – As a response to the catastrophe, the Holy See Press Office made a declaration on how the Pope is extremely concerned with Iraqi Christians, rehashing what was said at the Angelus of almost three weeks ago after Mosul Christians were expelled.

We regret to say, but a Holy See spokesman declaration is not enough at this extremely urgent moment! The Christian, Catholic, 2000-year-old presence in Iraq is being wiped out as we speak. Since all the media seems to agree that Pope Francis is the most popular figure in the world today, then only he can make the dramatic gestures that the moment demands. It’s a time for public weeping, and crying out loud in the middle of Saint Peter’s Square for all the world to see, if necessary. It’s time to denounce by name the powerful of this world who have abandoned the Christians of Iraq and Syria. It’s time to show that we are desperate because they, our brothers and sisters, are desperate. What’s the point of popularity if it is not put to urgent use in moments of emergency?

Please, Peter, show your face and your tears for all the world to see! Please, Peter, speak up with your own voice! These are your own sheep being massacred!

Update: 5:30 p.m. GMT:- After chasing the Kurdish and Assyrian fighting forces from the Nineveh Plains to the East, it was easy for ISIS terrorist armies to take hold of the Mosul Dam to the north, on the Tigris, near the Turkey-Syria-Iraq triple border.

This and the minority emergency of Christians and Yazidis have at last prompted more vigorous responses today:

1) Emergency session of the United Nations Security Council, probably with specific measures. The session will be held at 11:30 p.m. GMT (7:30 p.m. local time). Please contact United Nations Missions of Security Council permanent members – by mail or Twitter: @USUN, @RussiaUN, @UKUN_NewYork, @franceonu

2) The United States is considering specific measures, including airstrikes, that could begin at any moment.

3) France will send military aid to the forces fighting for the Kurdish Region (mostly Kurds, but also many Assyrians are in the Kurdish troops and their allies).

Update: 9:00 p.m. GMT: – From the Times (UK): “US carrier is set for attack – The USS George HW Bush, equipped with four squadrons of F/A-18 Super Hornet jet fighters, is waiting for an order from President Obama to launch strikes against the Islamic State”

Update: 11:20 p.m. GMT:- As in Aesop’s fable, the mountain in labor gave birth to a mouse… From the U.N. Security Council, a third innocuous “condemnation” of the terrorists, and “support” for the Iraqi government. From the US government so far, not any intervention regarding ISIS, but only humanitarian aid to some isolated groups, dropped without even certainty that it will help them or be seized by the attackers, as it often happens in such circumstances.

Last update: Aug. 8, 01:40 a.m. GMT: – The President of the United States has authorized limited airstrikes against ISIS.

Photo above: Christians flee Qaraqosh, from a series of photos at Haaretz. Below, the shaded areas show the ISIS presence: those in red are under ISIS control, those in tan are the support zone.

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At August 09, 2014 2:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…
The only thing new here, is that the MSM cannot ignore what is happening.

After full attention on Gaza for a while, the atrocities going on in the same areas of the world are finally speaking louder than Gaza. Even so loud it reaches lamemulticultmedia.

Time to take another look into the important piece of work
“Le génocide voilé”, by Tidiane N’Diaye, which explains the genocides in Africa and in Asia down through the centuries, previously hardly ever spoken about elsewhere at any time in our modern days of enlightenment and vivre ensemble.

The Veiled Genocide gives an excellent backdrop to understanding what is still going on today, and which is reported as if it were something totally new to the world.