Iraqi Christians welcome in north, Kurdish leader says
November 11th, 2010
08:44 AM ET

Iraqi Christians welcome in north, Kurdish leader says

Iraqi Christians under siege by Islamic militants are welcome in the country's north, a Kurdish leader said Thursday, after a string of attacks that have killed dozens of the faith.

"I want to let them know that the Kurdistan Region is open to them. If they want to come, we will protect them and provide them with all services," said Massoud Barzani, president of the Kurdistan regional government. "We are extremely sorry for the crimes they have been subjected to and we condemn these criminal acts, they are innocent people and a precious part of this nation."

In the past, the regional government has opened its doors to other persecuted minorities.

Many Christian families that CNN spoke to Wednesday said they feared for their own safety and wanted to leave Iraq, but didn't have the means to do so. Some Iraqi church leaders and politicians such as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki have been discouraging Iraqi Christians, one of the oldest Christian civilizations in the world, from leaving.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Iraq

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. NM

    please check out http://www.islamicsolutions.com/world-day-of-god-2010/

    November 12, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
    • Muneef

      Wish they would listen to what you call for but seems most prefer attacking God,Religions,Islam and all we could say is to pray for their souls to seek guidance and resolves all mothers of conflicts in order Peace can be felt and enjoyed round the globe and the west only as the presume to find...! Have a nice weekend.

      November 12, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  2. Jerry

    I'm sure that sooner or later they'll all end up here by me, in Dearborn, Michigan. 'Though why all these people from hot desert climates wanna face Michigan winters, I'll never understand!

    November 11, 2010 at 9:38 pm |
    • Muneef

      That is possible if they were invited since US is not suffering the conflicts that were made there politically and religiously and so on.
      But to correct one thing about cold weather. The desert weather in the winter although might not have snow it becomes so much colder than at yours since it is being open to the cold dry or humid winds that could break the bones of any human or animal if not well covered with wool and protected by some thing from direct blows...heat is there during sunrise and sunset but after that it is too much to bear. As well during summer heat becomes to be during day and night or more heat during the day and less colder during the night..
      Have a nice weekend..

      November 12, 2010 at 11:47 am |
    • stuckup1

      They would actually be heading to West Bloomfield. And they would be welcomed.

      November 13, 2010 at 11:52 pm |
  3. Muneef

    Their present area seems to be a very troubled area and they would have been killed whether Christians or Muslims so moving to the north is wise and Kurds are good people and more stablilized area out of all iraqi regions and far from all conflicts and Kurds are as well Muslims but honor life of Peace and Mutual respects..

    November 11, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
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