By: Fa Me
Translated from original article written in Arabic. And was published on (www.ankawa.com)
What happened to our people since first they were found on the land of two rivers, the land of Iraq, the land of our forefathers, never to happen to any other nation around the world. Pain, oppression, and unfairness, no other nation had been treated in such cruel and brutal way. The peaceful nature, and kindness of our people have been considered weakness and submission by others, it’s indeed so if we want to compare it to their monstrous methods, and the hand of evildoers has been reached not only to reap the souls of simple innocent people, but also the souls of their symbols and leaders. To show that we are the easiest prey to hunt, and kill or bargaining on. The only purpose is running special agendas to empty the country from such simple people who have no power and non can protect them, but what they don’t know that they are indigenous people of this land with deeply rooted history.
Many reports from outside Iraq have shown that some famous Iraqi politicians have received their orders, taking advantage of their status inside the government working on agitating sectarian violence in Iraq as well as ethnic cleansing to maintain minorities including Christians at their worst circumstances, draining the country from intellectuals of such nation, furthermore, preventing them to have any political access or leadership, which is something was actualized when the House of Representatives have voted to abolish article 50 and gave christians only 3 seats in the Provincial Assemblies Election to be held on November.
This type of iniquity in broad daylight of marginalization and exclusion of indigenous components of the country, who truly want to participate in the political process, and were always optimistic about the future of this wounded and oppressed country, and nothing but their good deeds are obvious evidence of their faithful intentions with so much prosperous aspirations. And the Head of Iraqi Parliament (Mahmood Al-Mashadani) said it himself “Christians are the roses of Iraq” but unfortunately words are something and actions are something else.
In the latest report conducted by Iraqi Ministry of Migrants and Displaced People, and was published on Humanitarian News and Analysis website which is part of UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the report clarifies the number of Deaths and Displaced persons from each minority for the period between 2003 until the end of 2007, and I don’t know how much we can rely on such statistics but the truth shows us more that its said in the repot, the repot records the following:
· The Minority of Shabak: Shabak is a religious sect follows the combination of Islam and Christianity as well as beliefs of other religions (led the list of affected Minorities in the report).
A- Deaths: 529 Person
B- Displaced Families: 3578 (about 16,000 persons).
· The Minority of Yaziddes: they inhabit Mosul city northern Iraq, the followers of this Sect glorify “Tawoos Malak” (The Peacock Angel) and comes second on the list.
A- Deaths: 335 Person (worst of operations were on August 2007 with 4 car bombings that took 215 lives).
B- Displaced Families: the report didn’t indicate any specific number about displaced families.
· Christian Minority: comes third on the list, they consist of Chaldean which are majority, Syriac and Assyrians.
A- Deaths: 172 Person
B- Displaced Families: 1752 (about 9000 persons).
· The Minority of Mandaees: this sect is known to be followers of John the Baptist in Iraq, they have many rituals including baptism inside running water, and they use Tigris and Euphrates rivers to practice such beliefs.
A- Deaths: 127 Person
B- Displaced Families: 62 (while 3500 families sought refuge in Jordan and 10000 families in Syria)*
From what we read above we see that those minorities have suffered enough in Iraq, and now they are neglected by the government which was her duty to protect them and maintain their security.
As for senior researcher for PEW Forum on Religion & Public Life, Brian J Grim he puts a harrowing picture for what is happening in Iraq, and how the security situation for Iraqi Christians is worsening.
“It is no small irony, of course, that the Shiite majority that’s now a leading force in Iraq was brutalized and suppressed under Saddam, who extensively curbed the Shiites’ religious freedoms. A State Department report in 2002 said Saddam’s government ‘severely restricts or bans outright many Shiite religious practices.’ One might think that those fresh memories would be enough to ensure liberties for Iraq’s religious minorities today. Yet that appears not to be the case,” writes Grim in his report.
He also writes what is supposed to be the core of Iraqi Constitution which is we should consider the major protector of Iraqis’ rights inside the new established law system but Mr. Grim thinks something else he writes: “what’s particularly devastating for Iraq’s religious minorities is the lack of clear legal protections for religious freedom. Although Article 2 of the Iraqi Constitution guarantees religious freedom, it also contains what some have termed a “repugnancy clause,” which states, “No law that contradicts the established provisions of Islam may be established.” Because the clause does not explicitly state what the “established provisions of Islam” encompass or exclude, this opens the door for the state and the courts to become theological arbiters. As such, there are no formal avenues for religious minorities to participate in the process.
Furthermore, Article 89 of the constitution stipulates that the Iraqi Federal Supreme Court include experts in Islamic jurisprudence, which means that the provision in Article 2 will be supported by a court system with people specifically employed to interpret Islamic law. These people can be appointed without having civil law training”.
The United States thankfully has worked closely with other organizations to make sure that such people who forcefully leave Iraq get admission in the United States, the Government of Washington also have set programs for the fiscal years 2008 and 2009 to arrange capacity receiving those people into their country.
Still the truth is hurtful, and for all Iraqi population, as indigenous people of Iraq, who inhabited this land for thousands of years, in stead of being part of the government and contribute in the political process, as well as reconstructing the country, they are shattered around the world, seeking Asylum in other countries. The government rescinds any presence of them; the politicians are busy with investments and financial projects, thereby, they forget to maintain their rights, and ensure their safety first, no signs of their work to protect them from disappearing. Exclusion is another new style which is not less than any other terrorist attack on Church or Mosque or any other holy place. By such unjust decisions towards our people, which will create fears and they no more trust the government, religious leaders are frightened that there will be a new wave of migration among our people, which will lead them to disappear from the face of this country. Something we all should fear!
* Displaced Families are other than migrated families, according to UNHCR statistics there are two million Iraqi people migrated outside Iraq.
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