Catholic Archbishop Warn ‘Christianity Is Barely Alive In Iraq- Any More War And We Will Be Destroyed Forever’

Christianity has survived in Iraq since the time of Christ, and while it was in decline in that nation, there were still over a million Christians in Iraq. After the American invasion in 2003 and the subsequent rise of the US-backed ISIS, Christians were either massacred or fled in such large numbers that most of them are gone. Only a small, skeletal community remains, and in the words of the Catholic Archbishop, Luis Sako, any more war will destroy Christianity forever there:

Fears of a new military confrontation in Iraq are mounting among Christians, Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Patriarch, Luis Raphael Sako, has warned.

Christians who are still reeling from the depredations of Islamic State across the Nineveh Plain now fear the Kurdish referendum, whose result is expected today, will lead to a resurgence of violence. The Kurds are expected to vote for independence but the vote has already been rejected as illegal by the Iraqi government.

Patriarch Sako, lecturing yesterday at Sankt Virgil Center in Salzburg, Austria, described the threat of kidnapping, killing and killing of clerics, and the bombing of churches over many years including the bombing of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation of the Syriac Catholics in Baghdad during mass in 2010, when many worshipers were killed and wounded.

‘These painful events prompted many Christians to emigrate,’ he said.

He explained: ‘What happened was caused by: the deterioration of the security and economic situation after the fall of the regime, the spread of the sectarian mentality and corruption, and the wrong foundations in building a modern state after the fall of the regime, and some of the repercussions are still visible today.

‘Then came the organisation of the Islamic state, which first began by the displacement of the Christians of Mosul and the towns of the Nineveh Plain on a religious basis, and the detention of their homes and looting. The situation lasted three years. What displaced people experienced during these years of displacement and anxiety about their future and the future of their children led many families to emigrate.’

After that came the liberation of Nineveh towns, alongside the destruction of homes and infrastructure, the burning of churches and looting.

‘The result is that Nineveh Plain is divided into two parts: the northern Nineveh Plain run by the Kurds (Peshmerga) and the southern Nineveh Plain is in the hands of the Iraqi army and the popular crowd.’

The displaced Christians breathed freely in the liberation of their areas, he said, especially as the churches embark on a great effort to renovate houses in the Nineveh Plain to encourage people to return.

Dozens of families have returned to their homes, but new tensions have arisen between the Kurdistan Region and the central government because of the region’s decision to hold the Kurdish independence referendum yesterday.

‘This situation created among Christians a state of anxiety and fear of the possibility of a new military confrontation,’ he said, warning it will have ‘serious repercussions’ for all.

In an additional statement, the Patriarch repeated that tensions with the Iraqi Central Government are escalating.

‘If, God forbid, there will be a military confrontation, in such devastating circumstances, both socially and economically, the consequences will be disastrous for all Iraqis, especially for minorities, who are always victims and losers.

‘It will be similar to what happened in Nineveh Plain upon the invasion of ISIS terrorists, where minorities were murdered, displaced, and left vulnerably to face demographic change and migration.’

He said it was important that everyone should realise the seriousness and the actual facts of this situation and resume the reconciliation negotiations before it is too late.

‘Wisdom should play a vital role in prevailing the voice of moderation, to defuse the crisis. War is not a solution, and would never be a substitute for dialogue. Frankly, such war cannot be endured by either side.’

He spoke as Iraq’s prime minister ordered Iraqi Kurds to surrender control of of their airports or face a ban on international flights in the wake of the referendum. (source)

The Archbishop’s statement aligns with what we have been warning at Rescue Christians. Except instead of trying to stave off war, we have already been documenting that the war, while stopped for now, is going to expand and become much worse with the rise of Turkey into a reincarnated Ottoman Empire.

It is good to help Christians rebuild what they have left of Iraq. However, given there are still many thousands of people left in the region, and the ancient hatred of the Turk for Christianity as that nation is rising to empire once again, right now the focus needs to be on rescuing as many people from there as possible before a second genocide commences again.

People say “never again,” but the fact is that “never again” is about to happen again.


Sudanese Government Arrests And Interrogates Christian Elder As Part Of Bid To Take Over And Destroy Christianity And Christian Churches In Sudan

There has been an ongoing conflict in Northern Sudan as the Islamic government is arresting Christians and confiscating or destroying their church.

In another event, a Christian church elder was arrested and interrogated as part of a bid from the government to try and take over his church according to a recent report:

A month after seven church leaders were arrested, interrogated and released on bail, police in Sudan detained and questioned another church leader in Omdurman on Friday (Sept. 22), sources said.

Elder Mahjoub Abotrin of the Sudanese Church of Christ (SCOC) was arrested from his home in Omdurman, across the Nile River from Khartoum, and was interrogated before he was released. It was not clear if he was charged with any offense, but sources said that he was arrested because of his refusal to hand over SCOC leadership to government-appointed leadership.

The current leadership expires on March 2018. The SCOC constitution calls for a general assembly every three years to appoint church leaders.

Rev. Kwa Shamaal (also transliterated Kuwa Shamaal), SCOC head of missions, confirmed the arrest of Abotrin to Morning Star News.

“We cannot allow them [government-appointed committee members] to take over the church,” Shamaal said.

On Aug. 23 seven church leaders were arrested, jailed for six hours and interrogated for refusing to comply with a government order to hand over church leadership to the government’s committee. The leaders were released on bail after authorities told them to comply with the government order, which they roundly rejected.

Shamaal and the Rev. Ayoub Mattan, SCOC moderator, were among the church leaders arrested. Pastor Shamaal was previously arrested on Dec. 18, 2015 and acquitted on Jan. 2 this year of charges ranging from spying to inciting hatred against the government.
Pastors Mattan, Shamaal and the others are still members of the legitimate executive committee of the SCOC.

Another SCOC pastor, the Rev. Hassan Abdelrahim Tawor, had received a 12-year sentence earlier this year after being charged with spying and trying to tarnish Sudan’s image, but he was freed along with Abdulmonem Abdumawla of Darfur on May 11 after receiving a presidential pardon.

He had been arrested along with Pastor Shamaal in December 2015. They were convicted on baseless charges of assisting Czech aid worker Petr Jasek – pardoned and released on Feb. 25 – in alleged espionage, causing hatred among communities and spreading false information, according to their attorney.

Foreign diplomats and international rights activists took notice of the case after Morning Star News broke the story of the arrest of pastors Abdelrahim Tawor and Shamaal. Their arrests were seen as part of a recent upsurge in harassment of Christians.

Most SCOC members have roots among the ethnic Nuba in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan’s South Kordofan state, where the government is fighting an insurgency. The Nuba along with other Christians in Sudan face discrimination and harassment, as Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has vowed to introduce a stricter version of sharia (Islamic law) and recognize only Islamic culture and Arabic language.

In its campaign to rid the country of Christianity, Sudan has designated 25 church buildings for destruction, and on Aug. 2 it demolished a Baptist church in Omdurman. On May 7 Khartoum state authorities in Sudan demolished a church building in the Khartoum suburb of Soba al Aradi, which began as a refugee camp for south Sudanese. A bulldozer sent by Jebel Aulia locality and the Ministry of Planning and Urban Development destroyed the SCOC building.

Authorities had notified church leaders of the impending demolition just a week prior. The government reportedly claimed the churches were built on land zoned for residential or other uses, or were on government land, but church leaders said it is part of wider crack-down on Christianity.

Harassment, arrests and persecution of Christians have intensified since the secession of South Sudan in July 2011. The Sudanese Minister of Guidance and Endowments announced in April 2013 that no new licenses would be granted for building new churches in Sudan, citing a decrease in the South Sudanese population.

Sudan since 2012 has expelled foreign Christians and bulldozed church buildings on the pretext that they belonged to South Sudanese.

Besides raiding Christian bookstores and arresting Christians, authorities threatened to kill South Sudanese Christians who do not leave or cooperate with them in their effort to find other Christians. (source)


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Seven Muslim Men Kidnap Christian Boy, They Beat Him And Then Take Turns Sodomizing Him, The Police Refuse To Arrest The Muslims And Tell The Boy ‘You Are Lying’

A Christian boy in Pakistan was severely beated and raped by a gang of seven Muslims for being a Christian. After the incident was reported to the police, the police immediately sided with the rapists, saying there was no evidence and the boy was lying according to a report:

Christian boy allegedly sexually assaulted by a gang of seven men. Sher Dil resident of Attock claims that the alleged assaulters drove him to an isolated place and beat him violently afterwards subjected him to gang rape. Victim’s father approached local police and informed them about the incident; however police seems reluctant to take action against the alleged assaulters.

Izhaq Masih, father of Sher Dil has urged Ministry of Human Rights and Punjab Government to carry out fair investigations. Izhaq Masih detailed that Sher Dil was fooled by a fake Facebook ID by the name of Dur e Aab Fatima. He claims that the ID was being administered by Haleem one of the alleged assaulters.

In line with details divulged by Izhaq Masih, the incident took place on September 13, Wednesday. At around 8:30 pm, when Sher Dil was at a shop in local market, Qasim approached him and asked him to come with him to another local market. Qasim took him to an isolated place, where his accomplices namely Haleem, Usman, Owais, Sahil Butt, Danish and an unidentified rickshaw driver were already present.

Izhaq revealed that initially they started beating him violently and stripped off his clothes. They sexually assaulted Sher Dil and forced him to recite Kalma. Sher Dil was again beaten and fell unconscious, and was taken to a local hospital by the alleged rapists. They warned him of dire consequences if he would disclose the details of the incident to anyone, Izhaq Masih reveals.

After learning about the incident, Izhaq Masih approached Awan Sharif Police Station but all in vain. Following day, Izhaq took Sher Dil to City Police Station and informed the police about the alleged sexual assault. Izhaq claims that police took sides with the alleged rapists and conducted an unfair medical examination therefore; the medical report contradicts the truth that Sher Dil was sexually assaulted.

Calling upon the Ministry of Human Rights and Punjab Government, Izhaq Masih stated that he is a Christian and is employed as a sanitary worker. He claimed that the alleged rapists were continuously threatening to kill Sher Dil, as he urged the authorities to take notice of his plight. He urged the authorities to take immediate action so that police registers an FIR and carries out a fair and thorough medical examination of Sher Dil in order to establish correct facts. (source)


Ex-Muslim Reveals During Interview ‘There Is A Massive Network Of Muslims Kidnapping Christian Girls And Selling Them Into Sex Slavery To Muslim Men’

A former Muslim turned Christian has admitted to being part of a massive network in Egypt targeting Christian girls. After kidnapping the girls, they would then sell the girls to rich Muslim men to be sex slaves:

An Egyptian man has shared horrifying details about how Egyptian authorities are aiding networks of abductors who get paid by Islamic extremists to kidnap unsuspecting Coptic Christian girls, convert them to Islam and marry them off to Muslim men.

In an interview with World Watch Monitor, a former Muslim man known only by the letter “G” admitted that he used to work alongside a Salafist network of kidnappers before he left the Islamic faith.

G explained that although networks like the one that he was involved in have been around since the 1970s, they have now reached an all-time high during the era of Egypt President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

According to G, the kidnappers receive “large amounts of money” from “Islamisation organisations” for carrying out the dirty deed of kidnapping innocent Christian girls so that they can be converted to Islam and married off.

The value of the reward for kidnapping a girl is greater when that girl is from a family of greater social standing or the “daughter of a priest,” he added.

“The Salafist group I knew rented apartments in different areas of Egypt to hide kidnapped Coptic girls,” G was quoted as saying. “There, they put them under pressure and threaten them to convert to Islam. And once they reach the legal age, a specially arranged Islamic representative comes in to make the conversion official, issue a certificate and accordingly, they change their ID.”

Although abductions are illegal, G asserted that kidnappers are often aided by police officers in various ways in exchange for a piece of the financial reward.

“In some cases, police provide the kidnappers with drugs they seize. The drugs are then given to the girls to weaken their resistance as they put them under pressure,” G explained. “I even know of cases in which police offered help to beat up the girls to make them recite the Islamic creed.”

In a number of instances, G said, kidnappers would deceive Christian girls in order to abduct them.

“A Muslim boy tells a Christian girl he loves her and wants to convert to Christianity for her,” G said. “They start a romantic relationship until one day they decide to ‘escape’ together. What the girls don’t know is that they are actually being kidnapped. Most of the time they will not marry their kidnapper, but someone else.”

G recalled one girl who was blackmailed into marrying one of her captors.

“I remember a Coptic Christian girl from a rich, well-known family in Minya,” G stated. “She was kidnapped by five Muslim men. They held her in a house, stripped her and filmed her naked. In the video, one of them also undressed. They threatened to make the video public if the girl wouldn’t marry him.”

G stated that if all goes according to plan, girls are “forced into marriage with a strict Muslim.” He added that some girls are shipped off to Saudi Arabia and forced to work as domestic slaves.

“Their husbands don’t love them, they just marry her to make her a Muslim. She will be hit and humiliated. And if she tries to escape, or convert back to her original religion, she will be killed,” G continued. “The most shocking thing is some girls find out that they are a second wife and are treated like animals. Some are sent to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf to work as domestic servants and they are exploited sexually and are seriously physically abused.”

World Watch Monitor reports that one Christian girl who was kidnapped and forced into Islamic marriage is a 16-year-old named Marylin from the Minya province, who was lulled in and kidnapped by the “love” deception this past June. Videos have emerged online showing her forced conversion.

“Marilyn was seduced by a recruit of a Salafi organisation. She was involved in a love affair; he was then able to convince her to run away with him,” an anonymous researcher told World Watch Monitor. “Marilyn isn’t 18 yet. So even if she had agreed to go with Taha, in our law, this is clearly a case of kidnapping a minor.”

Although Marylin’s parents turned to the police for help, very little help was found.

“I filed a report in two police stations, and I gave the names of the kidnappers and the place where they hid my daughter,” Marylin’s father, Medhat Saad Edward, told World Watch Monitor. “But the police haven’t arrested them. They didn’t even get in touch with Taha’s brother, who lives in the village and is in touch with Taha.”

Boutros Khalaf, the family priest, told World Watch Monitor that the prosecution dropped Marilyn’s case on Aug. 14.

“We’ve done everything we could to get our girl back. We even sent a complaint to President Sisi, the interior minister and many other important people,” the priest said. “Her family lives in bitterness and pain, and we don’t know what to do anymore.”

According to G, “[k]idnappers of Christian girls rarely get arrested or brought to the prosecution.”

“For instance, the police don’t report it as a kidnap but say the girl ‘went missing,'” G explained. “This way they cover up the crimes of those they see as their ‘Muslim brothers.'”

Ebram Louis, an Egyptian human rights activist, told World Watch Monitor in 2014 that the police often don’t act on Christian families’ reports of kidnapping “because they are afraid of the militant groups.”

“The police have not helped the families of the kidnapped girls at all,” Louis stressed. “Moreover, some police officers told the families not to search for their kidnapped daughters, as they converted to the right religion.”

The researcher who spoke with World Watch Monitor noted that kidnappings in Egypt occur on an almost daily basis.

“There is also a state of terror, panic and fear among all the Christians in our village. They worry about their children. No father will allow his daughter to walk on the street alone anymore,” Khalaf stated. “He goes with her or sends her mother or brother to accompany her.” (source)