Bishops' conference: "Effacement" threatens Christian in the Middle East
"The effacement" threatens in wide parts of the Middle East according to appraisal of the German bishops' conference (DBK) the Christianity. The number of the Christians of North Africa to Pakistan sinks by terror and expulsion questionably, said DBK expert Ulrich Pöner on Tuesday with the autumn plenary assembly in Fulda.
Bashar Warda, archbishop of Erbil (Iraq), appealed as a guest for performing support for the last remained Christians there: "Please, do not forget us. It is no more time for words. "
To be able to exist in the fight against power, suppression and expulsion, it needs strong military actions against the terror militia Islamic state: The only language which the IS understands is a WAR, said Warda. Because of war and terror the Christians are strongly decimated in the Middle East: In Iraq the number of 1. 5 millions has sunk in 2003 on meanwhile only 300,000. In Syria two thirds of them would have left the country, reported Warda. The people would need help, possibly stately living space, health basic care, support in the educational area and jobs. Warda thanked for the present financial assistances from Germany. They are so big, as from all other countries together. The Catholic church raised according to own information last year 42 million euros for the churches and people on site.