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‘We feel the West has forgotten us’ Iraqi Christians whine


Beleaguered Christians marooned in the refugee camps in Iraq feel helpless as they whine Christians in the West have forgotten them. The displaced Iraqi Christians are said to be grumbling about left stranded with no homes and uncertain future ahead. Iraqi Christians nestled in the refugee camps in Erbil the Kurdish capital are of the view that West has definitely overlooked them.

Persecuted Christians in Iraq

A sense of looming crisis overshadows these refugee camps. Christian charity group, Aid to the Church in Need, reports that these refugee camps house more than 1.4 million displaced people including Christians, Yazidis, Shiite’s and others.

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Anticipating a surge in these numbers, Aid to the Church in Need reported that as soon as the offensive to recapture Mosul from the clutches of terror group Islamic State. The offensive will push many out of Mosul, and the displaced are likely to pour into Erbil.

Human rights campaigners working on ground report distressing day-to-day situation these Christian refugee face. Left with nothing, these people are still horrified by the atrocities committed by ultra-terror group ISIS. These refugees are now dependent on humanitarian aid from various charities. Just recently, the Iraqi Parliament has vetoed plans for a new Christian province in the Ninenvah Plain.

A Syrian priest Father Roni Salim Momika was quoted as saying, “It’s very bad in the camps right now because people are afraid about the future. The government isn’t doing anything for the Christian people and the refugees, who have no good news. … We don’t know if we’ll stay in Iraq or go abroad; we have no solution.”

At the same time, the National Director of Aid to the Church in Need UK, Neville Kyrke-Smith said that the Church is now struggling to retrieve its place in the region- which is home to Christianity since two millennia.