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1,000 Christian families fled Mosul in 10-day period

Catholic World News - March 08, 2010

Violence against Christians in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul-- the modern name for ancient Nineveh-- has led over 1,000 Christian families to flee in the past ten days, Syrian Catholic Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa said on March 5.

“It is a dark time for us Christians in Iraq,” he said. “The faithful do not see a rosy future. They should not have to endure threats and be forced to leave their homes every time there are elections. This is what happened two years ago and this is what is happening now. The state should guarantee security.”

“We want a government that ensures compliance with and enforcement of the Constitution within the law, ensuring the rule of law without discrimination,” Archbishop Casmoussa added. “Christians want full citizenship and demand that human, civil, social, economic, and political rights be protected and guaranteed for all Iraqi citizens.”

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