An Appeal for Christian Relief in Nineveh Plain Towns

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An Appeal for Christian Relief in Nineveh Plain Towns

By Louis Raphaël I Sako/ patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans and head of the Chaldean Catholic Church

On the eve of two noticeable holidays in Nineveh Plain area, the feast of St. Barbara and St. Behnam, I would like to thank all the social institutions and organizations concerned with helping Churches, as well as the non-governmental bodies (NGOs) that have energetically contributed to the return of Christians in this region, which is the Historical cradle of Christians.

Whether we are descended from the mountains of northern Iraq, or residents of Baghdad or even Basrah, each of us, as an Iraqi Christian, feels that Nineveh Plain is part of his/her being. It is still so painful to remember the ISIS “jihadist” attack in 2014 forcing Christians to leave their home, followed by looting and destruction of houses, Churches, Schools etc. The only condolences for us at that time was to find a reliable support from different parts of the world.

Today, after two years of its liberation from ISIS, the Nineveh Plain area still needs the help of our brothers and sisters who can pray and give us a hand. Therefore, I am addressing this appeal to all NGOs; social institutions; Churches, and governments: We need your help so that all the people of the Nineveh Plain remain in their homes, and those who have been displaced outside the region can return to it. Knowing that ISIS defeat from the region does not mean that there is no need to help its inhabitants anymore.

In the contrary, there is a crucial need for helping youth to secure their future in their homeland. In order for the families to survive and settle down in the area, there is a vital need to have a comprehensive health services network starting from small clinic to hospital. I strongly urge all “actors” to work specifically to restore life to the Nineveh Plain, for instance, by encouraging projects in agriculture, livestock, trade, etc. This can be achieved in cooperation with the bishops of Mosul and the Nineveh Plain and their teams. It is worth mentioning that the Chaldeans have a new bishop of Mosul and Akra, residing currently in the town of Karmles.

As we are at the beginning of the advent, I would like to call upon all Christians of the world to pray for Iraq, and in particular for the people of Nineveh Plain: O Jesus Christ, grant energy to all those who have the desire to return, so that to rebuild themselves and live peacefully in the beautiful Nineveh Plain. Since the future of Iraqi Christians passes through Nineveh Plain.

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 22:04
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