For the first time in history, Iraqi Christians who always had a “high standard of education” in the region, are being deprived of the right to study and cannot attend schools.
This represents a further threat to the survival of the Christian minority, not only in Iraq but throughout the Middle East, because there is a risk that an entire generation “will not be educated”, which is a “very bad sign”. The warning comes from Msgr. Shimoun Emil Nona, Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, in the north, the second most important city in the country and first city to fall into the hands of the militia of the Islamic State.
In the history of our community, education has always been an “important anchor for us,” says the Archbishop of Mosul, and as a Church “we are trying to rent as many homes as possible” to free schools and allow the resumption of classes.