Iraqi Archbishop: World Must Wake Up, Help Displaced Iraqi Christians
An Iraqi archbishop is calling on the world to "wake up" and help displaced Iraqi Christians who are seeking asylum.
Tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced from their homes by ISIS, Lauren Green reported today. She said that survivors tell stories of rape, murder and starvation.
People who make it to refugee camps live in 3-foot by 6-foot prefabricated homes. Their lives are in limbo as they live without work or income.
Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil said that the situation is nothing short of genocide, and he criticized the U.S. government for not offering asylum. He also said that the world needs to wake up and take action to help.
“Asylum seekers come in all religions … all races, all political leanings,” Deputy State Department Spokesperson Matt Toner said. “What matters is that we look at their cases individually and whether they have compelling reasons to seek asylum.”