ICC Note: Iraqi bishop, Mar Schlemon Warduni has criticized the nations in the world who are not working together to help stop ISIS but actually involved in private arms deals with the terrorist group. Christians in Iraq have suffered too much for too longer under the incursion of the ISIS militant group. They are systematically killed, displaced and enslaved by the jihadis while the world stands by addressing the crimes but doing very little to stop them.
07/15/2016 Iraq (Christian Post): An Iraqi bishop has criticized the nations of the world for not working together to help suffering Iraqi Christians, and said that only education can defeat the Islamic State terror group.
“Our people are suffering too much,” said Bishop Mar Schlemon Warduni of the Chaldean Christians in an interview with East County magazine.
“Nobody loves them, nobody takes care of them. The children, the young people, they have no future. They finish studying and they have no job. Always, we cry, all over the world, for those children.”
Warduni, who has been serving as interim Bishop and apostolic administrator of St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Diocese since May, said he has worked on over 20 projects serving Christians, youths, and senior citizens in Iraq, but said the ongoing IS offensive is making it a challenge to keep the Chaldean culture alive.
“All over the world, people are selling arms [to IS],” the bishop said. “One of the biggest problems in the world is that many nations are not cooperating. … They have many interests and also, the weakness of men who want only material things, they don’t care about God who sent his son to save us.”
He shared his hopes, however, that peace in the Middle East will some day be possible, as long as people think of God.
“He created us from peace and if you have love, there is no war. The thought of peace in Christianity is always sacrifice for those who love Him [Christ],” he said.
The Iraqi Christian population has shrunken dramatically over the last decade and a half, with the 1.4 million population back in 2003 now down to somewhere between 50,000 to 250,000, according to Minority Rights Group