Iraqi Christians and Muslims mistreated by Turkey

world | Dec 19, 2006 | By Asia News

From Syria, through Jordan and up to Turkey, members of the Iraqi Christian community abroad have echoed Sunday’s appeal by the Pope to “individuals, international organizations and governments”, to commit themselves “to meeting the most urgent needs” of refugees from Iraq.


Through testimonies and the voice of Catholics who are accompanying and serving thousands of Iraqis who have fled their country, AsiaNews has traced a picture of their daily psychological and material hardships.




During the Angelus of 17 December, the pope recalled especially Iraqi refugees in Syria, “forced to leave their country because of the tragic situation they are experiencing”.


After northern Iraq, the first destination for those who flee is Syria. Here, according to the most recent statistics of the Syrian Internal Affairs Minister, 750,000 Iraqis have been admitted to the country since 2003. Of these, around 40,000 are Christians who are either in Damascus or Aleppo.




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