Skip to comments.Iraqi Patriarch: For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians
Posted on 07/19/2014 7:21:21 AM PDT by markomalley
The last Christian families still present in Mosul are leaving the city and are heading towards Iraqi Kurdistan.
The exodus was caused by the proclamation on Thursday by the self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate that Christians must pay a special tax or be killed. Islamists have for the past two days been marking the doors of homes belonging to Christians and Shia Muslims living in the city.
For the first time in the history of Iraq, Mosul is now empty of Christians, said Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako in an interview with the AFP news agency.
The Patriarch said as late as last month, 35,000 Christians had lived in the city, and over 60,000 lived there before the United States invasion in 2003.
Over the past month, the so-called Islamic State has consolidated its hold over a roughly a 700 kilometer stretch of territory which reaches from the outskirts of the Syrian city of Aleppo to the edges of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
A report prepared by the UN Human Rights Office and the UN Mission in Iraq says over 1,500 civilians were killed during the month of June, and over 600,000 Iraqis were displaced during the same period.
The report says members of the Islamic State its associated armed groups systematically targeted civilians and civilian infrastructure with the intention of killing and wounding as many civilians as possible.
The report documents the untold hardship and suffering that has been imposed upon the civilian population, with large-scale killings, injuries and destruction and damage of livelihoods and property," said Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN Human Rights Office.
Iraqi politicians have yet to complete the formation of a new government more than three months after parliamentary elections, with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki facing pressure from Sunnis, Kurds, and some Shias to step aside after two terms in office.
"Well done, my sons"
Christians have lived in Mosul (formerly called Ninevah) for over 1600 years.
President Obama’s cheerleaders SAID his presidency would make history.
We better start thinking of supplying the Kurds with aid and anti armor weapons. If they willingly are accepting Christians they deserve our support. If I was a Christian in that area I would choose to go to Kurdistan in exile.
You got it.
Look for Iraq to have no more Christian communities down the road.
Or else they will be underground like in China.
The Reverend Fletcher's Narrative of a Two Years Residence at Ninevah (1850) is an excellent choice among many to capture the feel of that region, as Assyria was first being excavated. It was published in two volumes, and is available at archive.org (Vol.1 and Vol.2).
His was primarily a journey to assess the state of the Syrian Orthodox and Chaldean churches, and predates the discovery of the Hittite strongholds so those less interested in his narrative of travel by horseback into the region from the Black Sea can safely skip the earlier chapters, though I did not and found these interesting also.
The Christian history of the region is rich and ancient, surviving through the Islamic dark age, beginning in the 7th century, until now.
> The last Christian families still present in Mosul are leaving the city and are heading towards Iraqi Kurdistan.
The issue with that is the reason for the markings. In Exodus, the markings were to save those within. Now, the markings are to target those within.
Perhaps a similar concept, though, if you are implying this is a stage of a future historical event which will inform God’s people. It most certainly has the makings of one.
Now that Mosul is rid of all the filthy infidels and Takfir, the wonderful peace of Islam ( Salam) will settle across the land... / S