You know who's got more than an upset tummy like me? Iraqi Christians. They are targeted and they are killed repeatedly. And the government doesn't protect them. The government doesn't address the issues. Australia's National Council of Churches in Australia:
The National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA) shares the grief of Iraqi Christians following deadly attacks whilst people attended church in Baghdad. “With broken hearts we mourn the tragic and violent deaths of our brothers and sisters at Mass on 31 October” said the Reverend Tara Curlewis, NCCA General Secretary.
In recent weeks the situation has become dire with reports that Al Qaeda have issued a fatwah, giving authority to kill Christians in their homes, at work and on the streets. The homes of Christians in the last few weeks in particular have been invaded with the killing of 6 and 36 injured.
This week, Australian cities have seen public rallies calling for an end to the persecution of Christians in Iraq. Prayer services for peace have also been held in churches around the country.
Ms Curlewis said “The National Council of Churches in Australia is requesting the Australian Government to do all that it can to support the safety and well being of Christians in Iraq.”
“We assure the churches in Iraq of our prayers and support at this time” said Ms Curlewis.
The NCCA continues to support partners working for peace in Iraq.
You can click here for a Washington Post photo essay on the targeting and CNN notes:
David Nona, chairman of the Chaldean Federation of America, says the news is "getting worse" and he is hearing and reading about a siege mentality among his fellow Christians in Iraq -- not going outside and not opening the door for people, for example.
"People are truly terrified," said Nona, whose Chaldean community in the Detroit area -- about 140,000 or so people -- has hosted an influx of about 25,000 Chaldo-Assyrians over the past three years.
Nona said many people who have been able to flee over the years have had the wherewithal to do so and those who remain might not have the means and connections to get out. The people there not only live in fear, but they can't work or send their children to school. And people of marrying age can't find partners.
There have been proposals for special regions for minorities, such as an autonomous region in the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq, where many Christians live. The three-province Kurdish regional government has welcomed Christians.
But for many, Nona says, there's "no hope."
Again, my tummy ache is nothing compared to their suffering. And it's past time Barack publicly addressed this issue.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"