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Clôture de la conférence de fondation de la Ligue chaldéenne

Clôture de la conférence de fondation de la Ligue chaldéenne

Erbil (Agence Fides) –

La Ligue chaldéenne, organisme fortement voulu par le Patriarche de Babylone des Chaldéens, S.B. Louis Raphaël I Sako, s’appelle Safah Sabah Hindi et son premier Président élu est un chaldéen irakien émigré en Suisse. La conférence de fondation a eu lieu à Erbil du 1er au 3 juillet (voir Fides 01/07/2015). A la réunion, outre le Patriarche, ont participé également des Evêques, des prêtres et des laïcs chaldéens provenant d’Irak et des communautés chaldéennes de la diaspora. Au cours des journées de la conférence – peut-on lire dans le communiqué final parvenu à l’Agence Fides – s’est tenu un débat, vif et démocratique, qui a porté à la modification de nombreux passages des ébauches de statuts. Ont par ailleurs été élu, outre le Président, les 11 autres membres du Conseil de direction, dont le mandat est d’un an.


Les modifications apportées aux projets de statut ont accentué les dimensions identitaires et nationalistes de la Ligue chaldéenne. Le communiqué final de la conférence souligne lui aussi la nécessité de sauvegarder et de promouvoir par tous les moyens – y compris des congrès, des cours de langue et des initiatives culturelles – l’identité chaldéenne, présentée comme facteur primordial de civilisation de la région mésopotamienne. La vocation primaire de la Ligue chaldéenne – est-il réaffirmé dans le texte – sera de « protéger nos droits sociaux, politiques et culturels », sans que la revendication de tels droits devienne l’apanage exclusif d’aucun parti politique.

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Iraqi Nun’s Testimony to Foreign Affairs Committee on ISIS Atrocities

Iraqi Nun’s Testimony to Foreign Affairs Committee on ISIS Atrocities

 

 

 

 

Dominican Sister Diana Momeka of Mosul, Iraq, tells House Foreign Affairs Committee that three needs are urgent

 

 

 

Washington, D.C.,  (ZENIT.org) Staff Reporter

Sister Diana Momeka, OP Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, Mosul, Iraq appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week to testify about ancient communities under attack: ISIS’s war on religious minorities. Her visit to the United States was sponsored by two Washington-area organizations, the Institute for Global Engagement and 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative.

Following her testimony, which appears below, Sister Diana noted that “The situation for my people and my country is grave, but not without hope. I believe that the international community, and especially the good people of the United States, want to see my government fulfill its responsibility to protect defend, and promote the welfare of all of its citizens. I call on all Americans to raise your voices on our behalf so that diplomacy and not genocide, social well-being and not weapons, and the desire for justice, not selfish interests determine the future for Iraq and all of her children.”

Her testimony:

Thank you Chairman Royce and distinguished Members of the Committee, for inviting me today to share my views on Ancient Communities Under Attack: ISIS’s War on Religious Minorities. I am Sister Diana Momeka of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, Mosul, Iraq. I’d like to request that my complete testimony be entered in to the Record.

In November 2009, a bomb was detonated at our convent in Mosul. Five sisters were in the building at the time and they were lucky to have escaped unharmed. Our Prioress, Sister Maria Hanna, asked for protection from local civilian authorities but the pleas went unanswered. As such, she had no choice but to move us to Qaraqosh.

Then on June 10, 2014, the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or ISIS, invaded the Nineveh Plain, which is where Qaraqosh is located. Starting with the city of Mosul, ISIS overran one city and town after another, giving the Christians of the region three choices: 1.) convert to Islam, 2.) pay a tribute (Al-Jizya) to ISIS or 3.) leave their cities (like Mosul) with nothing more than the clothes on their back.

As this horror spread throughout the Nineveh Plain, by August 6, 2014, Nineveh was emptied of Christians, and sadly, for the first time since the seventh century AD, no church bells rang for Mass in the Plain of Nineveh.

From June 2014 forward, more than a hundred and twenty thousand (120,000+) people found themselves displaced and homeless in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, leaving behind their heritage and all they had worked for over the centuries. This uprooting, this theft of everything that the Christians owned, displaced them body and soul, stripping away their humanity and dignity.

To add insult to injury, the initiatives and actions of both the Iraqi and Kurdish governments were at best modest and slow. Apart from allowing Christians to enter their region, the Kurdish government did not offer any aid either financial or material. I understand the great strain that these events have placed on Baghdad and Erbil however, it has been almost a year and Christian Iraqi citizens are still in dire need of help. Many people spent days and weeks in the streets before they found shelter in tents, schools and halls. Thankfully, the Church in the Kurdistan region stepped forward and cared for the displaced Christians, doing her very best to handle the disaster. Church buildings were opened to accommodate the people; food and non-food items were provided to meet the immediate needs of the people; and medical health services were also provided. Moreover, the Church put out a call and many humanitarian organizations answered with aid for the thousands of people in need.

Presently, we are grateful for what has been done, with most people now sheltered in small prefabricated containers or some homes. Though better than living on the street or in an abandoned building, these small units are few in number and are crowded with three families, each with multiple people, often accommodated in one unit. This of course increases tensions and conflict, even within the same family.

There are many who say “Why don’t the Christians just leave Iraq and move to another country and be done with it?” To this question we would respond, “Why should we leave our country – what have we done?”

The Christians of Iraq are the first people of the land. You read about us in the Old Testament of the Bible. Christianity came to Iraq from the very earliest days through the preaching and witness of St Thomas and others of the Apostles and Church Elders.

While our ancestors experienced all kinds of persecution, they stayed in their land, building a culture that has served humanity for the ages. We, as Christians, do not want, or deserve to leave or be forced out of our country any more than you would want to leave or be forced out of yours.

But the current persecution that our community is facing is the most brutal in our history. Not only have we been robbed of our homes, property and land, but our heritage is being destroyed as well. ISIS has been and continues to demolish and bomb our churches, cultural artifacts and sacred places like Mar Behnam and Sara, a fourth century monastery and St. Georges Monastery in Mosul.

Uprooted and forcefully displaced, we have realized that ISIS’ plan is to evacuate the land of Christians and wipe the earth clean of any evidence that we ever existed. This is cultural and human genocide. The only Christians that remain in the Plain of Nineveh are those who are held as hostages.

The loss of the Christian Community from the Plain of Nineveh has placed the whole region on the edge of a terrible catastrophe. Christians have for centuries been the bridge that connects Eastern and Western cultures. Destroying this bridge will leave an isolated, inculturated conflict zone emptied of cultural and religious diversity. Through our presence as Christians, we’re called to be a force for good, for peace, for connection between cultures.

To restore, repair and rebuild the Christian community in Iraq, the following needs are urgent:

  1. Liberating our homes from ISIS and helping us return.
  2. Coordinating an effort to rebuild what was destroyed – roads, water and electrical supplies, and buildings, including our churches and monasteries.
  3. Encouraging enterprises that contribute to the rebuilding of Iraq and inter-religious dialogue. This could be through schools, academics and pedagogical projects.

I am but one, small person – a victim myself of ISIS and all of its brutality. Coming here has been difficult for me – as a religious sister I am not comfortable with the media and so much attention. But I am here, and I am here to ask you, to implore you for the sake of our common humanity, to help us. Stand with us as we, as Christians, have stood with all the people of the world and help us. We want nothing more than to go back to our lives; we want nothing more than to go home.

Thank you and God bless you

D

Centenaire du Génocide 1915

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En cette année du centenaire du Génocide de 1915 où les Assyro-chaldéens, comme les arméniens et les grecs Pontiques, ont été massacrés par l’Empire Ottoman.

La communauté assyro-chaldéenne d’Ile-de-France, avec le grand soutien de ville de Sarcelles et de son Député-maire Mr François PUPPONI, s’est beaucoup mobilisée ces derniers jours pour le Centenaire du Génocide de 1915, et les actions continuerons tout au long de l’année.

Ce dimanche 26 avril une messe sera célébrée en l’église Saint Thomas Apôtre de Sarcelles spécialement à l’attention des martyrs du Génocide ainsi que des martyrs de ce temps, car le Génocide n’est malheureusement pas fini et continu de faire des victimes en Orient, en Irak et en Syrie entre autres, parmi les chrétiens de tout rite et de toute ethnie ainsi que les Yézidis.
Suite à cette messe une marche est prévue à Paris, du Parvis des Droits de l’Homme jusqu’aux Champs Elysées où, pour la première fois, la communauté assyro-chaldéenne ravivera la flamme du Soldat Inconnu sous l’Arc de Triomphe.

Nous vous proposons ci-dessous le livret des événements passés et à venir concernant ce triste Centenaire, et nous posterons les photos dès que possible.

Nous tenons à remercier toute la communauté qui se mobilise pour la mémoire de notre Histoire, toutes nos associations qui se sont unis pour toute cette organisation et surtout à notre Député-maire François PUPPONI pour son investissement auprès de la communauté et pour cette cause.

“Sahdé lay mayti” – Les martyrs ne meurent pas…

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