ICC Note: As many Christians in Iraq feel they have lost all hope of a future in their homeland, they are also struggling to know where to go for hope. The Czech Republic is one of a few European countries looking to highlight Christians, recognizing the vulnerability that they face as a result of targeted persecution.
10/27/2015 Iraq (Prague Post) – The Czech government will soon discuss the resettlement of 152 Christian refugees from the camps in Arbil, Iraq, proposed by the Interior Ministry, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told journalists after discussing the conditions in them with Benjamin Shamoun, from the Syriac Orthodox Church, today.
“This is a joint project with the non-profit sector,” said Sobotka, who also met Jan Talafant, director of the Generation 21 Foundation that organizes and finances the resettlement.
Sobotka (Social Democrats, ČSSD) said next week the status of the refugees whose fates had been mapped up by the Foundation would be definitively cleared during talks with U.N. representatives.
Interior Minister Milan Chovanec (ČSSD) will then submit the proposal to resettle the group from Erbil to the government, he added.
“I highly esteem the interest of the non-profit sector, its participation that will also be of a financial character,” Sobotka said.