Iraqi Christians are begging for help from the civilized world after Mosul, the northern city where they have lived and worshiped for over 2,000 years, was purged of non-Muslims by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the jihadist terror group that claims to have established its own nation in the region.
Assyrian Christians, including Chaldean and Syriac Catholics, Syriac Orthodox and followers of the Assyrian Church of the East have roots in present day Iraq, Turkey, Syria, and Iran that stretch back to the time of Jesus Christ.
While they have long been a minority and have faced persecution in the past, they had never been driven completely from their homes as has happened in Mosul under ISIS. The terror group ordered all to convert to Islam, pay a religious tax or face execution, many chose another option: flight.
Now given the plight of these people who face real discrimination and are forced with persecution, the situation sure makes almost a mockery out of asylum-seekers or refugees showing up at the U.S. southern border.
Furthermore history is quite clear about this tragic situation. Outside of the already mentioned groups we can only speculate about what religion was practiced before them; unless of course we look at the individual groups as sum parts of the whole – the Christian population as it now is practiced there.
Syriac Christian heritage is transmitted through various Neo Aramaic dialects (particularly the Syriac dialect of Mesopotamia) of old Aramaic. Unlike the Greek Christian culture, Assyrian culture borrowed much from early Rabbinic Judaism and Mesopotamian culture.
Recently in an interview Prime Minister Maliki of Iraq stated, “Speaking to the minorities, many who in fact are in neighboring countries including an estimated nearly 500,000 Assyrian Christians Maliki said I have a bias towards the Assyrian Christians. They are the indigenous people of our country and are our most nationalist and good people.”
Reacting to large numbers of refugees in neighboring countries, Maliki said, “We do not consider them refugees. They are displaced and we are doing all we can to create a situation where they can return. They are our responsibility and we do not need help from others to take them in – they will return home.”
Chaldean is a member of an ancient Semitic people that became dominant in Babylonia; it is also of scholarly research to ascribe them to a Hellenistic designation for a part of Babylon Chaldean Dynasty. The Semitic language of the Chaldeans.
It does seem rather evident that all of these groups (cultures, communities) originally came to where they are now when one considers the ancient history of Mesopotamia.
These people have been persecuted since their early excision from the Western branch of Christianity or those under Roman rule and protection. We believe that what is happening in Mosul, Iraq with these Christian people involves the United Nations and if they don’t act, an immediate calling of all Christians internationally should be in order.