MANCHESTER: UK should offer asylum to the displaced Christians of Mosul.
According to details, the Bishop of Manchester has insisted on the government to offer asylum to thousands of Christians in northern Iraq. According to an estimate about 30,000 Christians have fled Mosul seeing as the Islamic State militant group seized the city telling them to either convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death.
The Right Reverend David Walker told the BBC that,” UK involvement in the Iraq war meant it had a moral obligation. What’s happening now in Iraq is the direct consequence of what happened in 2003. And this is, in part, our mess. We’ve created the space in which Isis have moved in and have expelled Christians from northern Iraq and would like to expel them from the whole of that country.”
He said Christians in northern Iraq had not been “given a realistic choice”.
“They can stay and be killed, they can pay an impossible tax in gold – regularly – to be allowed, apparently, to stay or they have to leave. It was unlikely that large numbers of Iraqi Christians would come to the UK, “But, whatever they are, it’s the moral obligation – it’s not the size of the numbers that matter. As part of the legacy” of the UK’s part in the Iraq War, “we have a duty to look after those who are displaced by it in the way that these are being displaced – faced with death or flight”.
“The UK has a proud record of offering sanctuary to those who need it,” a spokesman said.
While prior to this France has already offered asylum to the Christians of Mosul confirming that it was ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians. According to the UN, 20 families from the ancient Christian minority now remain in the city, which IS has taken as the capital of its Islamic state.