Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Christians no longer feel safe in Iraq

The disappearance of Fr Doglas Yousef Al Bazy, an Iraqi Chaldean priest, has triggered fears that he may have been kidnapped. Religious fanaticism and sectarian insurgency are blamed for the recent surge in the abductions of Christian leaders. Although the Chaldean church community is not the sole target for attacks, many Christians fear that the escalating violence along religious lines undermines their security in their homeland, and they will be forced to leave. The Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad expressed concern that radical groups “target those people who are most involved in the Christian community, the younger and more courageous ones, almost as if to give a warning to those who persist in hoping that they will be able to continue living in the country.”

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