Wednesday, July 23, 2014

2000 Assyrian Families Driven From Mosul

Mr. Obama, open the doors of America to all those being displaced and persecuted by Muslims, wherever in the world that may be.



ISIS, Kurds Clash Near Assyrian Town, 2000 Assyrian Families Driven From Mosul

Posted 2014-07-23 14:11 GMT

(AINA) -- ISIS and Kurdish forces clashed yesterday at about 10 PM on the outskirts of Tel Kepe, an Assyrian town 13 miles north of Mosul. ISIS to take over a medicine factory about 1.5 miles west of Tel Kepe. ISIS were forced to go back after a short battle.

The latest count of the number of Assyrian families driven out of Mosul stands at 2,000.

The following report is from the Christian Aid Program Nohadra Iraq (CAPNI), an aid organization of the Assyrian Church of the East.


    All 30 churches and monasteries are under ISIS control
    Crosses have been removed from all of them
    Many of them have been burned, destroyed and looted
    Many are been used as ISIS centers

The following are few examples:

    St. Ephraim Syriac Orthodox Cathedral in Al Shurta district (East side of Mosul): ISIS converted it to a mosque and installed loudspeakers for call to prayers
    Syriac Catholic church in the old part of Mosul was looted and torched
    Mar Gewargis (St. George) monastery was looted
    Mar Thomas (St. Thomas) Syriac Catholic historical and old church was looted after the doors were broken
    Mar Behnam (St. Behnam) Syriac Catholic monastery in the Ancient Assyrian town of Nimrod is controlled by ISIS
    religious Sunni, Shiite and Christian tombs have been destroyed, according to Sharia
    Shiite prayer mosques (Hussayniya) have been demolished

All non-Sunni communities have been targeted by ISIS. Christian, Yazidi and Shiite religious sites have been destroyed. Turkish and Shabak Shiites have fled from their homes and villages.

Nearly 80% of the residents of Baghdede (Hamdaniya/Qaraqosh) have returned after fleeing from fighting between ISIS and Kurds. Baghdede, with a population of 50,000, is 97% Assyrian. There is still a severe shortage of electricity and water still cut off. Residents are using wells for water.

All municipal services have stopped.

The same conditions exist for the Assyrian towns of Bartilla, Bashiqa and Bahzany.