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Msgr. Sako: encouraging the exodus of Christians damages Iraq

ICC Note

Thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee from their country due to persecution they faced. Some of the refugees are settled in Western countries. Louis Sako, Archbishop of Kirkuk, argues that the Western countries are damaging Iraq by admitting large numbers of Iraqi Christians in their countries.

12/01/2008 Iraq (AsiaNews) – While it is our duty to welcome refugees it is far more important to “eliminate the root cause of their forced exile” and to make it possible for them to “live in peace and harmony in the land of their birth”. That is the message at the heart of a statement released to AsiaNews by Louis Sako, Archbishop of Kirkuk, regarding the issue of Iraqi refugees.

On November 27th the European Union announced that it will welcome up to 10 thousand Iraqi refugees, most of who live in exile in Syria and Jordan , in conditions of misery and suffering. “Passing an indemnity of this nature – continues Msgr. Sako – is like telling Christians to flee, to leave Iraq . Today 10 thousand, tomorrow another 10 thousand until the day arrives when the nation will be emptied of its Christian presence”. The prelate reiterates that aid cannot be limited to “welcoming refugees”, rather “every step must be taken to favour their permanence”.

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