Over 2 million Iraqis have fled to neighboring countries
- Over 2 million Iraqis have fled to neighboring countries. Victims of organized militant groups, most are traumatized into never going back�but where do they go from here?
ALEPPO and DAMASCUS, Syria�Thousands of Iraqi Christians have found threats like this under their front doors or stoops, in stairwells or shoved through their courtyard gates: "Be informed that we will cut your heads and leave your dead bodies with no organs and no heads in your stores and houses. We know your houses and we know your family. We will kill you one after the other. Depart the Muslim areas."
Others have received text messages in Arabic like this one sent to a Christian family in Mosul earlier this month: "When your head is put over your back [an expression describing how sheep are slaughtered] then there is no chance to feel sorry for you. It will be too late. Allah is the supporter who gives swords to his warriors."
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- Dear readers,
We are getting news of our Suryoyo brethren suffering in Iraq and in Turkey. But, we are not doing anything for them. We could have at least declare a day of special prayers at our Church or have some special prayers for them after the Sunday mass. Speeches may be organised in churches highlighting their plight, after the Sunday mass.We may even form a Charitable organisation for helping them.
There is need for translating some of the books on Seyfo (year of the Sword )when lakhs of Syriac Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox and christians of other persuasion were killed in Turkey. I guess this may sensitise our Malankara people to the sufferings of our Middle East brethren.
Hoping some action will be taken soon.
- This Sunday, 30th November, the British Orthodox Church of Christ the Saviour in Bournemouth, England, will be observing Suffering Church Sunday. Every year the Barnabas Fund encourages Churches to keep one Sunday in November as Suffering Church Sunday, to give thought, financial support and, above all else, prayer for our persecuted brethren. Our Syrian Orthodox brethren will be very much in our prayers this Sunday as we bring them before God in the Divine Liturgy. I would commend the work of the Barnabas Fund on behalf of persecuted Christians to every member of this Forum. Go to their website and you can read their Save Iraqi Christians campaign, The Other Nine campaign � as one in ten Christians live under persecution this encourages the other nine of us to support them � there is also information on persecution of Christians in India and elsewhere too.
The Barnabas Fund does wonderful work for our persecuted brethren, do visit their site http://www.barnabasfund.org/
Simon, British Orthodox Church