TRANSLATION of off-site Syriac (Aramaic) video: His Eminence, Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, the Archbishop of Mosul, weeps while explaining the misery of Iraqi Christians who had to leave their homes in Mosul and the surrounding villages over 3 months ago. Today, they are suffering the cold winter under the poor tents in Erbil (Kurdistan).
Bishop, we are not leaving
That was the impassioned plea delivered at a press conference in Jerusalem. Canon Andrew White, the “Vicar of Baghdad,” noted that Israel and the Jews are openly standing up for embattled Middle East Christians, but much of the global Church remains conspicuously silent.
White, who has been eye witness to horrific atrocities during the ISIS advance in Iraq, noted that some Christians had expressed support for their persecuted brothers and sisters, but that far too often it had taken the form of letters of condolence and encouragement.
“With all due respect, letters are not going to feed my people,” said White, who explained that thousands upon thousands of Christians have been forced to flee in the face of the Islamist horde and are today living in refugee camp conditions with little-to-no sustenance.
O God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! Help your beloved people in the land of Iraq. Protect and comfort the persecuted Christians of Mosul and in the entire Middle East. Bless your children, O God, Lord of mercies. Hear their cry for help. Indeed thou wilt hear the cry of thy people and answer their prayer. Deliver them from their (and thine) enemies. May the powers of darkness behind ISIS be crushed beneath our feet. Give faith to the faithless and hope to the hopeless. Bless thy church, we ask. In the name of our Lord. Amen.Bishop attached to faith