IRAQ: Christians Have Been Abandoned Says Iraqi Archbishop

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The Iraqi government is not helping Christians desperate to flee Islamic State militia, according to a leading Catholic bishop from the country who says the task of aiding Christians had fallen almost exclusively to the Church

Christians in Iraq
Christians in Iraq

Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil (above) said Iraq’s national government in Baghdad ‘has done nothing, absolutely nothing’ for 120,000 Christians seeking sanctuary away from areas terrorised by the extremists.

Archbishop Warda said displaced Christians in his diocese and the nearby Dohuk region were becoming increasingly concerned for the future two months after leaving their homes in Mosul and the Niniveh Plains. As IS forces advanced, they fled at a moment’s notice leaving all their belongings behind.