Volunteer aid worker for the Chaldean archdiocese of Erbil: Iraqi Christians depend primarily on the Church

The hardest challenge for Iraq’s Christians is uncertainty and not knowing where the next dollar is to come from, according to John Neill, a volunteer aid worker for the Chaldean archdiocese of Erbil.

Neill, who has been teaching at the Catholic University in Erbil, also stresses the urgency for donations as the refugees depend primarily on the Church, and why Iraqi Christians are “feeling excited” about President Trump.

“When I visited Batnaya [close to Mosul] I got a real insight into the deep hatred ISIS has for the Christian community,” he explains. “They wanted to destroy everything. The desecration in the church was unimaginable. If you have a home and you’ve lost your home and you come back to it and you see it burned, desecrated, it’s another deep wound to an already wounded soul.”

“As Catholics,” he says, “we really need to pray and pray hard.”

Europe and America “really need to start thinking seriously” about bringing security back to the region, he says, and underlines how every Catholic has a responsibility to help them, including Church leaders who must “come out and say the truth” about what is happening there.

Mar 27, 2017. First published here.

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