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Christians “in Iraq since its birth,” say they want role in rebuilding

ICC Note

“Christians have belonged to Iraq since the nation’s birth; they are not merely a minority but an essential part of Iraqi society and deeply rooted in its history and civilization,”

02/17/2009 Iraq (Anglican Journal)-A group of Christians meeting in Lebanon have declared that people of their faith have belonged to Iraq since the nation’s birth and that they are not just a minority but an essential part of Iraqi society and deeply rooted in its history and civilization.

“As authentic children of this land, they have the right to live freely in it and enjoy equal rights and responsibilities along with all other citizens,” the 12 Iraqi church leaders said after their meeting on Feb. 10 and 11 in Dar Sayedat Al Jabal, Fatka in Lebanon .

“The solution to current conditions lies not in emptying Iraq of its human resources,” said the participants at the meeting that was organized by the Geneva-based World Council of Churches. The meeting addressed challenges now facing Christians in Iraq , particularly issues of safety and security as well as enforced migration.

“Christians have belonged to Iraq since the nation’s birth; they are not merely a minority but an essential part of Iraqi society and deeply rooted in its history and civilization,” participants stated.

Some of the participants in the meeting had experienced being kidnapped in Iraq , but they called upon Iraqi Christians, “to stay in their homeland and participate actively in its rebuilding and development”. Iraqi Christians have a role, “in building educational and social institutions that contribute to national reconciliation, peace building and stability,” they said.

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