Assassinats de prêtres, attentats contre des églises, pressions islamistes : ceux des chrétiens d'Irak qui n'ont pas choisi l'exil vivent dans le danger permanent.
Dimanche 6 janvier, une vague d'attentats à la bombe a visé des églises et des bâtiments chrétiens dans la ville de Mossoul, au nord de l'Irak, ainsi que dans la capitale. « J'ai peur pour mon peuple, des fanatiques veulent que nous quittions ce pays », me dit au téléphone Mgr Warduni, évêque chaldéen de Bagdad. Dans cette voix pourtant si calme, je sens de l'angoisse. « Ce serait une catastrophe pour l'avenir de l'Irak, car nous, les chrétiens, en sommes la plus ancienne communauté », poursuit-il. En effet, depuis toujours, l'active minorité chrétienne participe à la vie intellectuelle et politique du pays. Les années à venir vont être décisives pour cette « communauté martyre », selon les mots mêmes du patriarche chaldéen, Emmanuel III Delly.

2008-Jan-19

A quelques jours d'une rencontre bilatérale qui s'annonce désormais houleuse, les députés européens ont adopté, jeudi 17 janvier, un texte critiquant la situation des droits de l'homme en Egypte, malgré les menaces émanant du Caire.

2008-Jan-18

WASHINGTON—The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom is alarmed by the coordinated bomb attacks against churches and monasteries in Iraq last week. At least six people were reportedly wounded in seven separate attacks in Baghdad and Mosul as Christians were celebrating Christmas and the Epiphany on Jan. 6; three days later, bombs targeted three churches in Kirkuk. The attacks were the latest to target Iraq’s shrinking non-Muslim population, many of whose members have fled the country in the wake of violence directed against their communities.

2008-Jan-15

On Sunday 6th January 2008, the Epifany day, 7 churches and monasteries were bombed in Bagdad and Mossul in Iraq.
3 of the attacks occured in Bagdad; the concerned chruches and monatery are:
The Church of Saint George in El Gadir area, where the bomb exploded in front of the entry of the Church.
The second attack targeted a Melkit Church in the Al Tahryat area, where the bomb exploded very close to the Church.
The third attack was directed against the convent of the sisters in the El Zafaraniye and called the Daughters of Mary.

2008-Jan-07

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish police have foiled a plot to murder a priest, in a case that recalls other attacks this year against Christians in Muslim but secular Turkey, newspapers reported on Monday.

2007-Dec-31

CAIRO, Egypt: Seven Muslims were ordered released Tuesday, two days after their arrest in attacks on shops owned by Coptic Christians in a southern Egyptian town that has recently witnessed increasing sectarian tensions, an official with the prosecutors office said.

2007-Dec-19

Les bulletins de santé alarmants, les listes de migrants n'en finissent pas de s'allonger. Dans l'avalanche de nouvelles venues d'Irak, du Liban, de Palestine ou de Turquie, qui s'intéresse encore à la minorité des chrétiens d'Orient - 10 millions, en incluant les 6 millions de coptes d'Egypte -, à ces Arabes qui ne sont pas musulmans, qui brouillent le jeu international binaire (Israël-Palestine, Occident-islam), sont "trop orientaux" pour être compris des Occidentaux, "trop chrétiens" pour l'être des courants laïques et progressistes ? "Qui se préoccupe du destin de ce tiers exclu du grand récit Occident versus Orient ou McDo contre djihad", a demandé Régis Debray lors d'un colloque que l'Institut européen en sciences des religions (IESR), qu'il préside, et l'Ecole pratique des hautes études (EPHE) viennent d'organiser à Paris.

2007-Dec-09

(CBS) From the time of Jesus, there have been Christians in what is now Iraq. The Christian community took root there after the Apostle Thomas headed east. But now, after nearly 2,000 years, Iraqi Christians are being hunted, murdered and forced to flee -- persecuted on a biblical scale in Iraq's religious civil war. You'd have to be mad to hold a Christian service in Iraq today, but if you must, then the vicar of Baghdad is your man. He's the Reverend Canon Andrew White, an Anglican chaplain who suffers from multiple sclerosis and from a fanatical determination to save the last Iraqi Christians from the purge. White invited 60 Minutes cameras and correspondent Scott Pelley to an underground Baghdad church service for what's left of his congregation. White's parishioners are risking their lives to celebrate their faith.

2007-Nov-30

According the news we have received, on Wednesday 28th november 2007 at around 14:00 pm, Father Daniel (Edip) Savci, a monk of the Syriac Orthodox Church, was kidnapped in Tur Abdin region which is in the South East of Turkey.

The monk Rev. Father Edip (Daniel) Savci is the abbot and residing at the Monastery of Mor Jacob in the Village of Saleh (Bar tepe in Turkish), which is situated only about 15 minutes driving distance from Midyat.

2007-Nov-29

Refugees from across the country found peace in the Kurdish north, but are now threatened by shelling and cross-border raids

When Youssef Toma and his family fled their home in Baghdad's perilous Dora neighbourhood and found refuge in the peaks and valleys of Kurdistan, they assumed their fear had been left behind with their furniture.

2007-Oct-21