Iraqi Christians are desperate to leave Iraq, where they are being threatened with death if they refuse to convert to Islam. France and Australia have opened their doors to these Christians. America has not.
More than half of Iraq’s Christians have fled their country since the start of the war. Many of them are still not returning home because of sectarian violence targeting Christians. The last official Iraqi census in 1987 showed almost 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Now, a U.S. State Department report says that number may have dropped to close to one third of that at 500,000. Many Iraqi Christians have now settled in Jordan.
In Paris, front French and foreign journalists, a family of 5 members, came from the Mosul area, testified yesterday in a room of the town hall of the 16th district of the atrocities committed by the jihadists of the State Islamic in the Nineveh Plain pushing to drain hundreds of thousands of Christians and Yazidis.
Tunisia Daily The head of the family, Nabil Younan, has told that, among other barbarities, terrorists of the Islamic State auctioned in a public square in Mosul, there are only three days, 700 women yazidies average price of 150 dollars per slave. “This is happening in full sight of the international community,” he said, before launching a poignant call to the world that immediate action to prevent such acts to continue.
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Other evidence has been heard, including that of RP Amir Geagea, Dominican superior in Baghdad, and the father Dominican Hanna Anis, contacted by telephone and interviewed duplex by the audience. They confirmed the evidence already published in our columns, citing among other dams established by IR outputs of Mosul to the Islamists can strip the Christians. “Until women rings and bracelets and necklaces for children,” he said, citing the passage abandonment by Kurdish peshmerga their positions in Christian villages of Nineveh. “It was like they invited the killers of IE to occupy our towns,” said one of the speakers who questioned the usefulness of sending French arms to the Kurds. In this regard, a stakeholders Chredo recalled that this abandonment peshmerga occurred almost immediately after the telephone conversation between French President Francois Hollande and Kurdish Barzani, the first promising French weapons in the second, at the same time that ‘humanitarian assistance to displaced Yazidis. Reports The East Day in its issue of August 15.
Adult circumcisions mass Christians! Contacted by telephone, other witnesses reported that the Islamic state has ordered the circumcision of Christian children or adults who remained in Mosul. Mass circumcisions were organized by the hordes of EI, adult Christians were circumcised without anesthesia.
AINA Assyrians leaders in Iraq and in the Diaspora, as well as the Vatican, NGOs and concerned citizens, are calling for military intervention in Iraq to save Assyrians and Yazidis from the ongoing genocide by ISIS. Since capturing Mosul on June 10 ISIS has driven 200,000 Assyrians and 150,000 Yazidis from their homes, killed thousands of Yazidis and Assyrians (also known as Chaldeans and Syriacs), destroyed all churches in Mosul and looted and plundered entire towns and villages that were abandoned by the fleeing Assyrians and Yazidis.
Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako has called for military intervention. In a statement issued on August 10 the Patriarch says:
To summarize the situation of the Christian villages around Mosul up to the borders of Kurdistan Region: the churches are deserted and desecrated; five bishops are out of their bishoprics, the priests and nuns left their missions and institutions leaving everything behind, the families have fled with their children abandoning everything else! The level of disaster is extreme.The position of the American president Obama only to give military assistance to protect Erbil is disappointing. The talks about dividing Iraq are threatening. The Americans are not up to a rapid solution to give hope specifically as they are not going to attack the ISIS in Mosul and in the Nineveh Plain.
Since capturing Mosul on June 10, ISIS has moved into the Nineveh Plain, attacking Assyrians, Yazidis, Shabaks and Turkmen, destroying religious institutions and killing thousands.
- There are no Assyrians/Christians remaining in Mosul, all have fled to the north, to Alqosh, Dohuk and other Assyrian villages.
- All Christian institutions in Mosul (churches, monasteries and cemeteries), numbering 45, have been destroyed, occupied, converted to mosques, converted to ISIS headquarters or shuttered (story).
- All non-Sunni Muslim groups in Mosul — Shabaks, Yazidis and Turkmen — have been targeted by ISIS. Most have fled.
- Water and electricity have been cut off by ISIS. The water shortage in the areas surrounding Mosul is now a full-blown crisis. Residents have been forced to dig wells for drinking water. Water tankers are providing some relief.
- Mosul is now governed under Sharia law.
- 200,000 Assyrian have fled from Baghdede (Qaraqosh), Bartella, Karamles and dozens of Assyrian villages and towns in the Nineveh Plain north of Mosul.
- 150,000 Yazidis have fled from Sinjar and Zumar. 40,000 trapped on Shingal mountain. Thousands have died from exposure. Thousands have been killed by ISIS.
The Assyrian Universal Alliance, a worldwide umbrella organization, issued the following statement through its Deputy Secretary General in Australia, Hermiz Shahen:
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Assyrians are currently displaced and forced out of their homes and towns. Women, children and the elderly have left their homes and are continually on the move-from city to city, village to village, seeking safety. We are informed by our representatives in the region that the situation continues to go from bad to worse; people are living in great fear and confusion, without any hope for a brighter and better future. Jihadists moved in overnight to claim several Christian towns, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee, having pushed back Kurdish Peshmerga troops, who are stretched thin across several fronts in Iraq.
Towns of Baghdede (Qaraqosh), Tel Kepe, Bartella, Alqoosh and Karamles have been emptied of their original inhabitants and are now under the control of the militants. As many as 40,000 people from Iraq’s religious minority groups are stranded on Mount Sinjar after seizure of their city by the Islamic State; most of them are members of the Yazidi community.
Accordingly, We call on the International community and the UN Security Council, to support resolutely for military action in Iraq to protect Assyrian Christians and other religious minorities from persecution by brutal Islamic Jihadists.
Thousands of people were forced to flee Kirkuk as the city was left in ruins after an ISIS bombardment on Thursday. Kirkuk was targeted by ISIS militants with the purpose of strengthening their foothold around the Kurdish autonomous region.
ISIS militants are currently extending their control over northern Iraq, looking to seize areas where religious minorities such as Christians and Yezidis have traditionally been established.
Yet Barack Hussein Obama will not.
BBC (h/t Grant B) The French government says it is ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamist militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Many fled Mosul after the Islamic State (IS) group which seized much of northern Iraq told them to convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.
Iraq is home to one of the world’s most ancient Christian communities. Two top ministers said, “We are ready, if they so desire, to help facilitate asylum on our territory.”
Churches burned down by ISIS in Iraq
It was a joint message from Laurent Fabius and Bernard Cazeneuve, respectively foreign minister and interior minister in the Socialist government. A senior Christian cleric in Iraq, Patriarch Louis Sako, estimated that before the advance of IS, Mosul had a Christian community of 35,000 – compared with 60,000 prior to 2003.
According to the UN, just 20 families from the ancient Christian minority now remain in the city, which Isis has taken as the capital of its Islamic state. Islamic State was previously known as Isis (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant).
On Saturday, France’s opposition party, the National Front, organized a rally in Paris in support of Iraqi Christians.