The Chaldean Archbishops of Basra and
the south, Habib Jajou participated in the Conference on persecuted
Christians in the Middle East held in Brussels, Belgium between Tuesday
and Wednesday, 5-6 December on behalf of HB Mar Louis Raphael Sako. The
title of the Conference was: ‘Christmas after Daesh: Hope reborn for
Christians in the Middle East'. Memberes from the European Parliament
and Concerned Christian organizations have come to adopt an action in
support of the Iraqi and Syria Christians.
Archbishop Jajou called for urgent help
and more comprehensive action because Christians have been facing new
challenges. They have been fronting two scenarios: one of peace and the
second one of violence; ‘the extremist Muslims will try to lead Iraq to
be a permanent place of conflict’ he said. He mentioned what HB
addressed at a conference in Rome in Sep. 2017 that ‘Iraq is losing an
irreplaceable component of its society, the Christian one; hence the
countdown has begun for the vanishing of a genuine tradition!
Archbishop Jajou presented a Road Map included the following:
First, moving forward with social
resilience and protection of the national fabric of different religions,
cultures and backgrounds.
Second, educating the new generation and spreading optimistic concepts about life through social media.
Third, protecting ethnic minorities by a national and international law.
Fourth, calling the Iraqi government and
other policymakers to take legal decisions and decisive actions to
stand at the same space of everyone in a civil state.
Fifth, calling the Islamic religious
leaders to work with other cultural institutions and social media to
adopt a positive discourse that deepens the sense of citizenship;
Sixth, reforming the education
curriculums in schools to prepare a new and adequate educational program
to eradicate the fundamentalist ideology and to adapt it to the
requirements of modern times. Finally, he requested to redrafting the
Article 2 in the Iraqi Constitution and Article 26 in the Personal
Status Low which abuses other religions.