Wednesday, January 17, 2007

What place for Christians in Iraq?

What place will there be for Christians in Iraq?

Christians are confronted with increasing difficulties. For some time, some
people have been thinking of gathering them in a specific area, the Nineveh
plain. They would have their own territory, but to be viable the idea of a
protected zone, a safe haven, which is viewed sympathetically by the Kurds and
even the Americans, needs an end to the violence and remains in any event a
dangerous plan. The Nineveh plain is largely surrounded by Arabs and Christians
would serve as a useful and undefended buffer zone between Arabs and Kurds. In
my opinion it would be preferable to work at the constitutional level and each
area to guarantee religious freedom and equal rights for believers of all faiths
throughout the land, including Christians who can be found everywhere.

From an interview with Mgr Louis Sako, Chaldean Archbishop of Kirkuk

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