[Religious Intelligence] 21 Oct 2008--We watched last year in Dura south of Baghdad as the Christians were persecuted, killed and massacred. Many fled Baghdad and they went to the safe area of Nineveh in the heart of Mosul. The place they fled to is the heart of the Christian community. In recent days it all went wrong. The Christians have again been targeted, killed and massacred.
This time not in Baghdad, but in the heart of the Christian area of Nineveh. Last Sunday in church I asked our people how many of them were from Nineveh and about 80 per cent said they were. The homeland of hundreds of our people.
I just spoke to our churchwarden, his nephew and his father had just been shot dead outside their house in Nineveh. The nephew Alhassan was due to be engaged on Friday. As I left church yesterday I was phoned again by church members they had just heard that their family home in Nineveh had been totally blown up. There were now seven people without a home in need of help. All these people need help, all of these people expect me to do something and I will. These are our people and we must stand with them.