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ONE YEAR EXILE OF NINEVEH CHRISTIANS
The night between 6th and 7th August , 2014 , one hundred fifty thousand Nineveh Christians were forced to abandon their homes , their land . After one year spent as refugees in Kurdistan , they don't see any chance to be able to return home. Also not having any fficial status as refugees, they have serious difficulties to apply for and obtain a visa to other countries. The Nineveh Christians keep facing a very hard trial after a decade of persecution. Notwithstanding the help of the Churches, such an ancient cultural and religious group does not have any civil or political representation to claim its rights.
FREE NINEVEH - INTERNATIONAL APPEAL
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The Oriental Patriarchs met in Erbil in northern Iraq on August 19, 2014. Their message highlights some fundamental aspects of the actual emergency of the Christians of the Nineveh Plain and of Mosul city. In light of their message, Salvaimonasteri (Savethemonasteries) hereby launches the present international appeal in order to have the following demands quickly developed and implemented:
1) the commitment of all the Iraqis, of the Iraqi government, of the Regional Kurdish government, and of the international community for the immediate liberation of the towns, the villages, and the ancient religious sites of the Nineveh Plain (among which are: Baghdeda-Qarakosh , Bartella, Karamless, Bashiqah, Talkief, Batnaya, the sites of the monasteries of Mar Matta and Mar Benham). The commitment to the re-establishment of civil and religious rights of the Christian minority in Mosul city. The commitment to allow the refugees to return to their towns and villages with guarantees for their safety and sustainable conditions , along with a political solution to safeguard the private property of the Nineveh and Mosul refugees.
DEFEND SYRIA, SAVE ALEPPO - INTERNATIONAL APPEAL
INTERNATIONAL APPEAL TO:
THE GOVERNMENT OF THE SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC, TO ALL PARTIES IN THE CONFLICT THE GOVERNMENT OF WESTERN AND EASTERN COUNTRIES, THE EUROPEAN UNION, UNITED NATIONS, UNESCO, INSTITUTIONS AND INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF SYRIA.
In uniting with the great suffering of the Syrian people and trusting in the urgent pacification of Syria, we ask for the immediate implementation of protection for the cultural heritage of the country, which is undergoing extensive damage.
In particular, we appeal for the protection of the Citadel, the old town and all the monuments and buildings belonging to all the different religions in the city of Aleppo.