UN Security Council Adopts Resolution Regarding Iraq following Chaldean delegation led by two Bishops calling for action

United Nations Headquarters New York (August 16, 2014) — Following a two-day visit with Bishop Sarhad Jammo and Bishop Francis of Iraq’s Chaldean American Community, leading a delegation of Iraqi Christian representatives and community leaders from throughout the United States, the UN passed a resolution regarding Iraq and Syria. The delegation also included, Auday Arabo, […]

Update From the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

IRAQ – HUMANITARIAN We have an update from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Acting UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Dr. Marzio Babille today continued his assessment of the humanitarian emergency and response in Dahuk Governorate. He met with displaced people in Zakho, the majority of whom are from Sinjar, as well as […]

SECRETARY-GENERAL CONTINUES TO EXPRESS DEEP CONCERN

SECRETARY-GENERAL CONTINUES TO EXPRESS DEEP CONCERN ABOUT PERSECUTION OF MINORITIES IN IRAQ The Secretary-General has repeatedly expressed his deep concern about the persecution of Yezidis, Christians and other religious minorities by the so-called Islamic State forces in Iraq. The Secretary-General has reiterated that any attack on the civilian population or segments of the civilian population […]

World’s top Muslim leaders condemn attacks on Iraqi Christians

Two of the leading voices in the Muslim world denounced the persecution of Christians in Iraq, at the hands of extremists proclaiming a caliphate under the name Islamic State. The most explicit condemnation came from Iyad Ameen Madani, the Secretary General for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the group representing 57 countries, and 1.4 billion […]

US Chaldeans Urge More U.S. Support for Iraq’s Minorities

Michigan — The St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Diocese for the eastern region of the United States has urged the U.S. government to take more action to help religious minorities caught in the ongoing violence in Iraq. President Obama recently authorized airstrikes against Islamic militants moving toward areas where American military and diplomats are stationed. In […]

US bishops urge prayer initative and weekend masses for Iraq

The chairman of the Committee of International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) asked the U.S. bishops to invite the people of their dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq on Sunday, August 17. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, made the request, August 6, sending the bishops […]

The Canadian government is sending $5 million in additional emergency supplies and humanitarian aid to Iraq

Letter from Martin Manna, President of Chaldean Chamber The Canadian Embassy forwarded the article below which confirms aid in the amount of $5million.  “The first $2.25 million will be divided up between the International Red Cross, Mercy Corps and Save the Children Canada, with the remaining funds to be distributed in consultation with Iraqi officials We’ve […]

Chaldean Patriarch calls for ARMED RESPONSE to defend Christians from Genocide

The world has a responsibility, the Islamic State cannot be reckoned with in any other way. Earlier we posted a misquote from our sources. We originally attributed the statement “a professional well-equipped army” to Pope Francis. This quote is correctly attributed to the Chaldean Patriarch, Louis Sako Pope Francis has joined with Christians facing genocide […]

Levin statement on the president’s announcement on Iraq

WASHINGTON – Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement today after President Obama announced that he had authorized air strikes to protect American personnel in Iraq and to provide humanitarian assistance to threatened religious minorities there: “I support the actions President Obama announced tonight. There are a […]

“Team Save Iraqi Christians” Met Senator Portman in His Home State/Town

Letter from:  IRAQI CHRISTIANS ADVOCACY AND EMPOWERMENT INSTITUTE (ICAE)  Yesterday, as part of our advocacy mission, members of “Team Save Iraqi Christians” met Senator Portman in his home state/town Columbus-Ohio  where he listened to a group of Iraqi Christians. The Team will works with US senators Portman and Sabena  the coauthors of resolution S-530  to help […]

STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening. Today I authorized two operations in Iraq — targeted airstrikes to protect our American personnel, and a humanitarian effort to help save thousands of Iraqi civilians who are trapped on a mountain without food and water and facing almost certain death. Let me explain the actions we’re taking and why.   […]

Press Statement on Iraq

The members of the Security Council condemn the attacks in Iraq’s Ninewa Province, including Sinjar and Tal Afar, by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and again express their deep outrage about the hundreds of thousands of Iraqis — many of them from vulnerable minority communities, especially Yezidis and Christians — displaced […]