Friday, October 17, 2008

IRAQ: How minorities suffer in silence ...

Iraqis of all ethnic and religious backgrounds are suffering thanks to the breakdown of law and order across the country. However, Iraq's religious minorities are particularly bearing the brunt. I've written elsewhere about the historical experience of Baghdad's Jewish community. Recently I saw a news report on al-Jazeera about the increasingly precarious situation facing many of Iraq's Christian denominations.

This surely must be a human rights area in which both Australia's Christian and Muslim communities must work together. At present, the Iraqi Red Crescent Society is working on the ground. One wonders whether they need further assistance and funds. Perhaps groups like World Vision, APHEDA and Muslim Aid Australia, who have previously on projects together, could launch some kind of appeal for Iraq's religious minorities.

Click below to watch the al-Jazeera report ...

Words © 2008 Irfan Yusuf

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