BY: FA ME / Pictures taken from Ankawa.com
SHOCK and fear have gripped the Church in Iraq after two explosions on the same day with the threat of more to come.
The Al Beshara (Annunciation) Syrian Catholic Church in Mosul was the first to be targeted at 10.30am on he 15th of December when a bomb was placed against an outside wall of the building.
A minor explosion took place with damage to the wall. Nobody was hurt. Youngsters at a nearby kindergarten had a lucky escape.
Within a few hours, a second, much bigger bomb had gone off at the Al Tahera (Our Lady of Purity) Syrian Orthodox Church, also in Mosul.
A number of people were injured in the explosion which caused major damage to the church in the crowded Al Shefaa district in the city centre.
Speaking from northern Iraq in an interview with Aid to the Church in Need, the Catholic charity for persecuted and other suffering Christians, Fr Bashar Warda described the “fear and shock” of the people who looked forward to Christmas as a time to “lift our spirits”.
as for me, as FA ME, who is writing this, I have had special memories with this Church, it’s the Church next to my old primary school, we used to attend this church when we were kids. on Sundays we had the first and second class off, because we attended the Church. I can imagine how fearful it is for the little kids whom were around there once this explosion took place. I also can imagine them playing and having fun in the School yard or inside the classrooms being tought by their teachers. nevertheless, the terrorist won’t care of such details, the group that committed this crime would never think of it this way. all they cared about was to hinder the progress in Iraq, and bring fear to the Christian minority in Iraq. yet who cares! the government?! the American troops? the neighbouring muslim friends?! who cares! who would put an end to this! this will have no end unless Christian have some sort of power inside Iraq. and I’m asking the religious leaders in Iraq to step up and have a word regarding what is happening! stop being frightened of fanatic Muslims. they will attack you whether you are frightened or you are strong. but to die defending your freedom is better than dying and you have no word! and to my Christian people I say: let not this be of weakness in you. you shouldn’t carry a weapon because this is not our concept. you shouldn’t response to violence with violence, this is not our morals as well. but go out in streets, let your word be heard, let your voice be clear, nobody is helping you, call for your freedom, it’s your land, it’s the Christians’ land before anybody else. and blame your government for what is happening. blame the leaders who have done nothing that shows any respect to your belief and religion. in the past 3 years we never heard a Sunni Mosque being attacked, neither we heard of Shiite Mosque being exploded! so it’s not because of the deteriorated situation you are being attacked. but because you are christians.
may god be the protector of my people. you should remember the word of God in Exodus 14:14 (The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace).