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Saturday, August 08, 2015
"We are hated because we persist in wanting to exist as Christians"
FIDES NEWS 08-08-2015
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ASIA/IRAQ - "We are hated because we persist in wanting to exist as Christians", testimony of Mgr. Warda
Erbil (Agenzia Fides) - Fides has received from the Congregation
of the Most Holy Redeemer the testimony of His Exc. Mgr. Bashar Matti
Warda, C.SS.R., Archbishop of Erbil (Iraq) on the terrible situation
that the Church lives in this part of world.
Here is the full text sent to Fides:
For the Chaldean Church, and our sister churches of the East, the
persecution our community is enduring is doubly painful and severe. We
are personally affected by the need, and by the reality that our vibrant
church life is dissolving in front of our eyes. The massive immigration
that is now occurring is leaving my church much weaker. This is a
deeply sorrowful reality. We who are part of the church hierarchy are
very often tempted to encourage our parishioners to stay – keep the
presence of Christ alive in this special land. But truly I and my
brother bishops and priests can do no more than to advise young mothers
and fathers to take all the necessary considerations into account and to
pray long and hard before taking such a momentous, and perhaps
perilous, decision. The Church is unable to offer and guarantee the
fundamental security that its members need to thrive. It is no secret
that hatred of minorities has intensified in certain quarters over the
past few years. It is
difficult to understand this hate. We are hated because we persist in
wanting to exist as Christians. In other words, we are hated because we
persist in demanding a basic human right.
There are then, two things that we, as a church can do: the first is to
pray for all refugees around the world and in Iraq. The second is to use
the relationships and networks we share in as part of the Church of
Christ as a pulpit to raise awareness about the true risk to our
survival as a people. I cannot repeat or loudly enough that our
well-being, as a historic community, is no longer in our hands. The
future will come, in one way or the other, and for us this means waiting
to see what sort of aid (military, relief aid) arrives.
So far, more than 5000 families have so far left the country since the
summer of 2014. Some have been welcomed into Europe, the States, or
Australia, but many of those families are now simply waiting for their
number to be called. They are in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, and their
future is on indefinite hold.
Through support from benevolent people we have sought during this crisis
to ease the needs of our IDP families and provide them with the basic
needs for subsistence wherever we have happened to find them. We have
made shelters in church gardens and halls, catechism classrooms, public
schools, tents, incomplete building structures, and in rented houses
where we have had to accommodate some 20-30 individuals per house.
Realizing that the crisis is going to take a long time and as winter was
approaching, we took quick steps to lease houses for refugees in
different sections of the province of Erbil to accommodate 2000 families
and to set up 1700 caravans. Now, all of our Christian IDP’s are in at
least a semi-permanent dwelling. This is far from ideal, but certainly
an improvement on the original tents and semi-completed buildings which
had been the best we could do for many.
We have also opened two medical centers to offer free medical services
to the refugee community. The Sacred Heart Sisters from India are
running St. Joseph’s clinic, assisted by 12 young doctors who are
training as volunteers to offer medical services especially to those
suffering from chronic disease. The clinic serves some 2000 patients by
providing them with medication at a monthly cost of US$ 42,000.00.
At present we are rehabilitating a building structure to serve as a
maternity and child care hospital. We have also opened a trauma response
center to respond to the needs of many who have been scarred deeply by
Based on our conviction that illiteracy and ignorance are the most
dangerous long-term enemy that we face here in the Middle East, and
urged by a wish to heal the wounds in the hearts and souls of our
faithful, we have been working to help our students pursue their
Archbishop Bashar WARDA CSsR