“We Christians in Iraq have a future if the international community gives us immediate assistance. Don’t forget us,” said Chaldean Patriarch Mar Louis Raphael I Sako.
With these words the Chaldean Patriarch Mar Louis Raphael I Sako addressed the community of nations on Tuesday September 30, while talking to the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). The Patriarch was talking on the occasion of a conference regarding Christians in the Middle East, which was held with financial support from ACN on the fringe of the plenary session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
“People are disappointed how little help has been received to date.” The Patriarch continued: “At present about 120,000 Christians are living in Iraq as refugees. They need everything because the ISIS terrorists have taken all they had. The greatest challenge at the present time is the provision of living accommodation. The winter, which can be very cold in Iraqi Kurdistan, is coming and the people can’t possibly stay in tents. We rely heavily on support here.”