- La situazione sta peggiorando.
Gridate con noi che i diritti umani sono calpestati da persone che parlano in nome di Dio ma che non sanno nulla di Lui che è Amore, mentre loro agiscono spinti dal rancore e dall’odio.
Gridate: Oh! Signore, abbi misericordia dell’Uomo.
Mons. Shleimun Warduni
Baghdad, 19 luglio 2014
martedì, marzo 21, 2017
More than 100,000 Christians were forced to flee Mosul in Iraq when ISIS invaded in 2014.
"Some are working as translators when people come from other organisations. They want to help their community and for their voice to be heard around the world.”
He said: “Before it was difficult for Christians because after Saddam was taken out from authority everything went from bad to worse and Christians were persecuted by extremists after 2003.
“Christians in Mosul were targets for terrorists so life was really bad then. ISIS came and they purged Christians from Mosul so many fled to places like Erbil. The Christians that stayed in Mosul under ISIS control - were beaten punished and killed. Christians were given three options, pay a heavy tax, leave the city or face public execution.
“I was in Erbil when ISIS rose up. The church was not prepared for the number of fleeing people they had to receive, people who were forced leave their homes but they rallied round and the church buildings provided shelter so people stayed on the floor of churches. Gradually the church provided tents, cabins and now rents houses for people. It’s very important for people to have dignity and to live in a place that allows them to continue a decent life.
“The church was helping them and guiding, sometimes comforting - they had lost everything and were really traumatised so we comforted them then helped them and guided them so we worked with their trauma to heal them and bring families together and bring unity to help them move forward.”
As the church attempts to repair the broken families left in ISIS’ wake, Iraqi government forces are moving steadily towards Mosul’s Grand Mosque after taking control of the bridge leading to the ISIS-held Old City.
Losing the city would be a huge blow to ISIS as it has served as the group's de facto capital since its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed himself head of a caliphate spanning Iraq and Syria from the Grand Mosque in the summer of 2014.