Once Iraq recaptures Mosul, people will still need help, says archbishop
The military operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from Daesh is not the only solution needed to get life back to normal, said Iraqi Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil.
The Chaldean Catholic archbishop, who has called for such intervention in the past, said the solution was a package. People must “think again about the education, about the curriculum, about all the violent acts that happened during the last years.
“Where is the possibility of creating, of building bridges of reconciliation among the divided community?” he asked.
Archbishop Warda spoke to Catholic News Service on 20th October, the fourth day of the US-backed operation in which Iraqi and Kurdish forces fought to free Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, from Daesh. He said troops would not find any Christians in and around Mosul, because they fled in 2014, when Daesh militants gave them a choice to convert to Islam, pay the Islamic jizya tax, or be killed.
Many of those Christians fled to Irbil, where the Church has been caring for them. Just within the city, the Irbil Archdiocese is providing housing to more than 10,000 internally displaced families, but many more live in trailers or open buildings.
Picture: Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil, Iraq, poses for a photo at the St John Paul II National Shrine in Washington on 20th October. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn).Tags: Archbishop Bashar Warda, Daesh, Iraq, military, Mosul