Christians Fleeing Nineveh as ISIS Muslims Destroy their Cities – Where is the West??

by Steve Ray on August 7, 2014

UPDATE: Glad the Pope finally calls on the world to step in and “end the crisis” and help the Christians being slaughtered and displaced in Iraq. I hope this means more than just following along behind ISIS to pick up the dead bodies, feed and care for the raped and starving:

(Reuters) – Pope Francis appealed to world leaders on Thursday to help end the crisis in northern Iraq after a sweeping advance by radical Islamic state militants forced thousands of residents of Iraq’s biggest Christian town to flee their homes.

“His Holiness addresses an urgent appeal to the international community to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway, to act to protect those affected or threatened by violence and to provide aid, especially for the most urgent needs of the many who have been forced to flee and who depend on the solidarity of others,” the Vatican said in a statement.
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Iraqi Patriarch Sends SOS After ISIS Takes Over Plain of Nineveh

Following Last Night’s Destruction, Christians Walking Toward Kurdish Cities

ROME, August 07, 2014 (Zenit.org) – Here is a message sent today from Baghdad to Aid to the Church in Need, from Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, president of the bishops of Iraq.

Chaldean Patriarchate’s Appeal for Urgent Help SOS

Imagine these guys entering your town; they say they will someday put their flag over the White House.

The ISIS militants attacked with mortars most of the villages of the plain of Nineveh, during the night of 6th-7th of August and now they are controlling the area. The Christians, about 100,000, horrified and panicked, fled their villages and houses [with] nothing but the clothes on their backs. An exodus, a real via crucis, Christians are walking on foot in Iraq’s searing summer heat towards the Kurdish cities of Erbil, Duhok and Soulaymiyia, the sick, the elderly, infants and pregnant women among them. They are facing a human catastrophe and risk a real genocide. They need water, food, shelter …

Regarding the churches and church properties in the villages now being occupied by the ISIS militants, we have reports of destruction and desecration. The old manuscripts and documents (1500) are being burnt.

As evident to all, the Central Government is incapable of enforcing law and order in this part of the country. There are also doubts about the capacity of the Kurdistan Region alone to defend the fierce advance of the jihadists. Clearly, there is a lack of cooperation between the Central Government and the Regional Autonomous Government. This “vacuum” is profited by the ISIS to impose their rule and terror. There is a need of international support and a professional, well equipped army. The situation is going from bad to worse.

We appeal with sadness and pain to the conscience of all and all people of good will and the United Nations and the European Union, to save these innocent persons from death. We hope it is not too late!

+Louis Raphael Sako, Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon

President of the Assembly of the Catholic Bishops in Iraq

Aid to the Church in Need is an international Catholic charity under the guidance of the Holy See, providing assistance to the suffering and persecuted Church in more than 140 countries. www.churchinneed.org (USA); www.acnuk.org (UK); www.aidtochurch.org (AUS); www.acnireland.org (IRL); www.acn-aed-ca.org (CAN)

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joseph paul adorable August 7, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Maybe UK, France, Germany and other Catholic countries can help defend the persecuted Christians in Iraq. We cannot expect much from Mr. Obama because we are not sure of his religious inclination.

brokenbose August 12, 2014 at 3:02 AM

This president of the United States has got to be the most inept, most arrogant, most ineffective leader this country has truly ever seen. He was warned that this was going to happen, and now it has. Now come the half-measures and full-on excuses. His bad decisions have not only resulted in the marginalization and suffering of Christians in this country, it has now caused the needless suffering and deaths of Christians abroad. Radical Islam doesn’t need to issue fatwas or threats. All they need to do is stay silent. Obama dubiously does their bidding for them. Shame on him. America is a better country than this. And it deserves a better President than this.

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