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US denies visa to Iraqi nun, scheduled to testify about Islamic State persecution

May 01, 2015

A Catholic nun from Iraq has been denied permission to enter the US, where she hoped to testify before Congressional committees about the plight of Christians by the Islamic State.

Sister Diana Momeka was informed by the US consulate that her application for a visa had been denied. The reason for the denial was a suggestion that she might plan to stay beyond the term of her visa.

Sister Momeka had requested permission for a one-week visit, during which she had already arranged several appearances before Congressional committees, executive-branch officials, and non-government organizations in Washington. Her application for a visa had been accompanied by a letter from the Babel College in Erbil, Kurdistan, stating that she is under contract to teach there in the coming academic year.


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