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Iraq: Seven Christians drown while trying to flee from ISIS


Assyrian Christians

Seven Assyrian Christians drown while fleeing from the terrorists of Islamic State.

In keeping with details, seven Assyrian Christians have drowned while crossing the Mediterranean Sea, as they were fleeing from the terror group ISIS. In this regard, AINA, an Assyrian news agency reported that these seven Christians hailed from two separate Christian families.

They were crossing the Aegean Sea in an attempt to reach Greece while their boat tipped over on November 17 in the Aegean Sea. These seven Christians have been identified as Stephen Marzena and Silbana Sami Marogeh, their two children Angie and Mark, Samah Sami Marogeh and her two children Haneen Salem Saman and Marvin.

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These seven were among 50,000 Assyrian Christians who had fled from Qaraqosh, a Christian town which has fallen to ISIS militants in August last year. Qaraqosh had been abode to Iraq’s largest Christian community, where about quarter of Iraq’s Christian population resided once.

As a result of advance of ISIS militias, the Christians of this town had fled causing a great threat to the existence of Christianity in Middle East. The future of Christianity remains unclear while the international community is urged several times to open doors for the Assyrian Christians.

In the wake of growing calls to avoid taking in Muslim refugees from Syria and take in only Christian refugees from Syria, the US House of Representatives voted crushingly to swing Obama’s programme to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees in 2016.

Furthermore, Cardinal Vincent Nichols- head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales said that it was imperative to keep in mind that “the majority of refugees are victims not perpetrators of violence”.

Cardinal Vincent while speaking at a press conference in London, said, “We should not cast the mischief made by a tiny number of people across the shoulders of people who are desperate and themselves victims of terrible violence.”