Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Baghdad Christians find new life in Kurdistan.

In today's New York Times, there's a very brief article looking at the lives of a group of Iraqi Christians from Baghdad who have been forced to settle in Kara-Ula, a small village near Iraq's northern border with Turkey. Here's a sample:
The 70 houses of this tiny village spring from the treeless, arid plain here in the northern tip of Iraq with the uniformity of an army camp.

Built over the past four years of war, they house Christian refugees from some of Baghdad's most dangerous neighborhoods: Dora, New Baghdad and Mashtel.

There the residents did not know one another, busy with their city lives. Now a barber, a bank manager, a news anchor and an electrician are comrades in the misery of flight.

"We saw everything a human can see," said Majida Hamo, a mother of four who came from Mashtel recently. "It was a kind of genocide killing."

"We were saying to Jesus, 'See us and save us.'"

Read the rest here. Though the article doesn't speak to larger issues - such as the precarious security situation that Iraqi Christians face even in their northern "refuge" - it at least sheds some light on a story that has received too little attention from newspapers like the NYT. My prayer for Iraq's Christians is much like the one voiced by Majida Hamo: Jesus, see them and save them. AMDG.


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