For months, the international agency of the Pontifical Institute of foreign missions, AsiaNews,has launched a campaign “adopt a Christian of Mosul” which to date has collected and sent approximately 1.2 million Euros to Iraqi refugees , who have fled from Mosul under Islamic threats, to cover their daily needs. The funds will be delivered to the Patriarch of Baghdad who will be entrusted with the task of distributing them to the homeless.
To this day, numbers of the needy are still high and their return home is not foreseeable at least to be in the near future, hence the bishops are planning to help them taking action: transferring all Christian refugees roughly 130 thousand people, 21 thousand households, into homes, where they can take responsibility of their lives, finding a job, thinking about the future prospects for their children. The “campaign”will continue its course and it aims in collecting around 3.5 million Euros.
These initiatives are in response to the Pope Francesco’s call not to remain “silent” and inert in the face of our brothers and sisters who are persecuted for faith: Pope asks all “intense prayers” from all Christians but also a “real and effective participation” and a ” effective assistance” to them all. “We Christians have suffered a lot,” said the Patriarch marSako a few months ago-especially in Mosul and in the Nineveh plain “. This is not the first time that ethnic and religious minorities are under persecution. Persecutions on the part of Islam towards other denominations, had already begun at the time of the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and in the 1960s, when Christians were expelled during riots that took place in Kurdistan. It is in Mosul and Baghdad where they found their refuge. With the purification of ‘unfaithful’ Christians in Iraq, this is the third massacre perpetrated by Islam in little less than a century in the Middle East.