Iraq - Create new 'village' for people fleeing ISIS Archbishop
A LEADING archbishop has called for the creation of a huge displacement center, the size of a village, in Kurdish northern Iraq for tens of thousands of people many of them Christians fleeing ISIS.
Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar
Warda of Erbil in Kurdistan said thousands of “mobile homes” erected in his
diocese were vital as the region anticipates a mass influx of people desperate
to escape the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).
“Creating a village with mobile homes is necessary to help them.”
“We need to find a site where they can go and where they have the facilities available to help them.”
With no end in sight to the conflict which has uprooted so many communities, Archbishop Warda stressed the need for government unity in the face of the threat from ISIS. He said: “The international community must put pressure on the Iraqi government to pull themselves together, to put their past disputes behind them and negotiate.
“This is what is necessary to deal with the crisis. Everything is not clear. It is chaotic.” Soon after ISIS captured Mosul on June 10th, Aid to the Church in Need responded by providing $136,900 in emergency help – food and shelter for many of the Christian families fleeing the city.
The aid project was overseen by Catholic Chaldean Archbishop Amel Nona of Mosul who fled the city for the nearby Tal Kayf and began mounting a relief operation amid reports that 500,000 people were on the move.
Soon after the capture of Mosul by ISIS, Archbishop Warda said that for the first time in 1,600 years no Sunday Mass had taken place in the city.
With picture of Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil (©ACN)