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World students see wall of silence after Iraq attacks on Christians

ICC Note

“Christians in Iraq have received very little media attention, although it has been documented by the United Nations that they have disproportionately been the targets of violence and disproportionate exile since 2003.”

08/04/2009 Iraq (ENI)-A series of attacks on Iraq ‘s Christian community in July were deliberately coordinated, but the government is not paying sufficient attention to them and they have received scant media attention, says the World Student Christian Federation.

“In a carefully calculated terrorist attack on Sunday, July 12th, seven churches suffered bombardment by improvised explosive devices, bombs, and cars loaded with explosives,” the WSCF said in a statement. “The perpetrators planned these attacks to take place while the faithful celebrated the Mass to maximize the pain they could inflict; eight people died and more than 32 people were injured.”

In one of the first attacks, two bombs hit St Joseph ‘s Chaldean Church on July 12, and then in the afternoon other churches were attacked with explosive devices. These included the Heart Chaldean Church , St Petrus and Polus Syraic Orthodox Church, St Guirguis Chaldean Church, and St Matthew’s Syriac Orthodox Church.

“As usual there is not any concrete reaction from the government, which is supposed to be responsible for security and is still incapable of preventing these attacks,” noted the statement by the Geneva-based students’ grouping.

The statement added, “The acts of violence perpetrated on July 12th were carefully organized and planned, with the intention of spreading terror and panic amongst the Christians who are persevering in their churches. Christians in Iraq have received very little media attention, although it has been documented by the United Nations that they have disproportionately been the targets of violence and disproportionate exile since 2003.”

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