Displaced Iraq women living in Jordan address Pope Francis

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Displaced Iraq women living in Jordan

Displaced Iraq women living in Jordan address Pope Francis

Amman-The Catholic Center for Studies and Media

Iraqi forcibly displaced women, who fled their country in the wake of the violence perpetrated against them by the Islamic State in Syria in and Iraq (ISIS), have addresses a message to His Holiness Pope Francis dated May 30, 2016.

In the message, they explain how they were forced to flee their homes unaware of what lies ahead, noting that they fled because this was the ideal solution as they were given the choice "to renounce our religion and to join ISIS, to pay jizya (tribute), or to be killed."

Complaining that they lack work permits in Jordan, they say that they enrolled in training courses designed to teach them how to sew clothes, and that they managed to sew themselves beautiful clothes using oriental clothes. They also expressed their wish to present to the Pope a casula sewed from the remains of some Marian cloths in the hope that he would wear it when he celebrates the Holy Mass and prays for them.

Following is the text of the message:

Amman, 30 May 2016

His holiness Pope Francis,

May the Lord’s peace be with you,

“We, Iraqi young women who took refuge in Jordan, have been forced to leave our country, Iraq, with our families fleeing terrorism and the deteriorating security situations, particularly with reference to the terrorism of the gangs that calls themselves the Islamic State (IS). We were forced to leave our country without discerning what lies ahead and what awaits us because our lives were in danger. We survived by fleeing because this was the ideal solution we could take, since the IS gave us the choice to both renounce our religion and join them, or to pay jizya (tribute), or to be killed.

We faced a lot of difficulties during our fleeing. We left behind everything to ensure our survival and preserve our faith in our God, Lord Jesus Christ. We chose to follow Our Jesus whom we believe in and who will never turned away from taking us by the hand to the shores of safety away from their injustices, as He gave us the might to surmount all difficulties until we arrived in Jordan.

Life in Jordan is safe, yet we have no rights being refugees lacking work permits. We cannot pursue our education since we do not have official documents that entitle us to do so. Furthermore, pursuing university education is costly, yet the Lord’s mercy is great as we managed to work in a project called the “Mesopotamian Project” (Rafedin Project). This project was launched by Fr. Mario Cornieli in cooperation with the Apostolic Nunciature in Amman and the Iraq Chaldean Church. It is sponsored by Fr. Zaid Habbaba, Mr. Nameer Anton, and the Salesian Sisters in Amman. The project is additionally supported by Italian volunteers, namely Mrs. Rosaria, Mrs. Carla, Mrs. Federica, Mrs. Eleanora, Mrs. Adele, Mrs. Gabriella, Mrs. Elisa and Mrs. Alessandra.

We have been enrolled in training courses on how to sew clothes, and we managed to sew ourselves beautiful clothes using oriental cloths. We have been very joyful for having successfully fulfilled this wonderful initiative as it provides us with moral and financial benefits. Their support for us made us feel that we are productive and useful to our society as we mastered sewing, something novel in our life and quite entertaining, since we have never practised this profession earlier and have never had an inkling of it. But, with their help we did learn. We are still learning and we hope that in the future we will be able to develop our capabilities further in this profession.

Our dream is to settle in a safe country that provides us with human rights, as well as that enables us to live in peace, security, and to pursue our studies.

O Holy Father, we appeal to you to mention us in your prayers and to mention our country, Iraq, so that the Lord would reinstate peace there and in all the countries that seek peace, protect people from the evil and injustices prevailing in the world, and lead the sinners--who conduct evil deeds--into the right path in life. May the Lord touch their hearts with love and mercy.

From this premise, we would like to present to you this casula in the hope that you would wear it when you celebrate Holy Mass and pray for us. It is a symbol of our love to you and a testimony of our appreciation to you.

We sewed this casula from the remains of some Marian cloths as its speaks for us…as we who have been spewed out of our homeland and country by brute people; for it is possible to produce something useful and beautiful to glorify the Lord from whatever is rejected and detested.

Having read our humble words, having felt our suffering, and having prayed for us all, we assert that our joy is ineffable. We hope to have the opportunity to meet with you in Krakow marking the World Youth Day so as to receive your blessing. Yet, there are still obstacles in the way of attaining this goal at present, since we are refugees in Jordan and if we leave the country we will not be allowed to come back. You are the only one capable of helping us!

We love you dearly. May the Lord protect you with the intercession of our Mother Virgin Mary and all the saints.

Your daughters:

Dalia Gorgees Butrus
Sandra Farjullah Tfanakchi
Sally Saed Al-Isso
Farah Nameer Kmosh
Rasha Aziz Alqus Butrus
Dina William George
Maryam Alaa Saloha
Florit Victor Galo
Helen Sami Yldh
Sofya Sami Yldh
Shahad Osama Zako
Hadeel George Kldan
Zina Nael Matbachi
Diana Gorgees Butrus
Maryam Nansour Zaitoonah
Sura Samir Goriel
Helen Saad Oraha
Dalida Gorgees Butrus

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 11:47
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