The Arabic letter "n" (inside red circle), signifying "Nasarah" (Christian), on a Christian home in Mosul. (Image: http://www.aina.org/news/20140719115241.htm)
that “Iraq will come face to face with human, civil, and historic catastrophe,” Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako has written a letter “to
the people of conscience and good will in Iraq and the world” in which he
describes the dire situation in which Iraqi Christians find themselves.
exercised by the Islamist Jihadists upon the city of Mosul, and their
proclamation of it as an Islamic State, after several days of calm and
expectant watching of events, has now come to reflect negatively upon the
Christian population of the city and its environs,” the patriarch reported in his July 17 letter. “The only
alternative is to abandon the city and their houses with only the clothes they
are wearing, taking nothing else. Moreover, by Islamic law, upon their
departure, their houses are no longer their properties but are instantly
confiscated as property of the Islamic state.”
also stated that ISIS forces had started marking the homes of Christians in
Mosul with the Arabic letter “N,” for “Nazara” (Christian). “We do not know
what will happen in future days because in an Islamic state the Al-sharia or
Islamic code of law is powerful and has been interpreted to require the
issuance of new I.Ds for the population based on religious or sectarian
affiliation,” Patriarch Sako wrote.
News reports that after Sunday Mass yesterday at Baghdad’s Chaldean Church
of St. George, a group of Muslims gathered to show solidarity with their
Christian neighbors, some carrying signs reading, “I am an Iraqi Christian.”
The Chaldean faithful who joined [the
Muslims] after Mass sang the national anthem along with them; several said:
"My house is open for my Christian brothers and sisters." His
Beatitude Mar Louis Sako, Patriarch of Baghdad, thanked them: "This brings
hope for a new Iraq. I think especially of the young people, who have the task
and the duty to change the situation."
to the leader of the Chaldean Church it "is a shame and a crime to force
innocent people from their homes and confiscate their properties because they
are 'different', because they are Christians. The whole world must rebel
against these abominable acts."
he said, "love Muslims and consider them our brothers and sisters, they
must do the same. We are all equal in dignity, all citizens of the same
country. We must unite to create a new Iraq. Thanks to all of you, there is
still a hope". Before leaving, the Christians have prayed the Our Father and the Muslims the sura al Fatiha
[the first of the Koran, which is the "summary" of the Muslim creed].