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Restoring Hope in Iraq for Persecuted Christians and Other Religious Minorities

        Special Eyewitness Briefing: Restoring Hope in Iraq for Persecuted Christians and
                                                          Other Religious Minorities
 
                                                                 Sister Diana Momeka
 

                              Wednesday December 7, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 8:45 PM

Watch her talk here

Eyewitness Dominican Sister Diana Momeka, during a hearing before Congress in 2015, testified: “Uprooted and forcefully displaced, we have realized that ISIS’s plan is to evacuate the land of Christians and wipe the earth clean of any evidence that we ever existed.” Sr. Diana’s own convent was destroyed by ISIS. She and Syriac Catholic Father Behnam Benoka founded and run the Humanitarian Nineveh Relief Organization in Iraqi Kurdistan where they provide crucial health services and humanitarian aid to thousands of displaced families in and around Erbil. Today, many of the ancient villages have been liberated from ISIS, but the majority of homes, churches, building and infrastructure have been damaged or destroyed. As ISIS retreats, their goal is to restore hope for those who have survived. Sister Diana shared personal stories of ISIS’ campaign of genocidal acts throughout her homeland. She speak about the future of Christianity and other religious minorities in Iraq, the current humanitarian crisis and the urgent need to support the population.

Sr. Diana was displaced from her hometown Qaraqosh, where she taught English since 2013, by ISIS on August 6, 2014. She has also taught at St. Ephrem Seminary in Qaraqosh and the Baghdad Academy for Human Science. She received a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

Rough transcript:
Robert R. Reilly:
I want to acknowledge the presence here tonight of Bishop Julian Dobbs, who is an office mate here and associated with Barnabas Aid, which is one of the premier organizations to help persecuted Christians. You’ll see information out there on it and I also want to point out that there are several leaflets on the table about Sister Diana’s organization of the Nineveh Relief- Nineveh Relief Organization. I just want to point out for those of you who saw earlier invitations that Father panocha was not able to come because of an emergency that arose in northern Iraq not unfortunately an infrequent thing please join me in turning off your cell phone ringer and now I have the pleasure of telling you that we have the honor of having Congressman Frank wolf to introduce our guest tonight you all know Congressman wolf from his 17 terms in the U.S. Congress we’re in the House of Representatives he was known as the conscience of the House and the greatest champion of religious freedom and against the persecution of Christians. Even today his good work there continues because Chris Smith has a bill before Congress now, the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act. Please join me in welcoming Congressman Wolf.

Congressman Frank Wolf
Thank Sister Diana for taking the time to come to visit us here in the United States in a very difficult time that was just a week or two ago she explained where her village was liberated from the control of Isis. Sister Diana runs a camp over in a very difficult region. Sister Diana runs two clinics where they treat roughly 300 people every every single day. Sister Diana runs a series of kidney gardens for full for young people and they do so many other really very important thing in a very difficult area and interesting enough all of the nuns that sister Diana work would speak Aramaic the same language as as Jesus. Before the war broke out there were 1.5 million Christians living in Iraq. Today the number is anywhere from 250,000 or some say only 200,000 there is a saying in the Middle East for society people and then the Sunday people the Saturday people the Jewish community in 1948 the population of the Jewish community in Iraq was a hundred and forty eight thousand when I was in Iraq I said how many Jewish people are living here and they said Mr. wolf maybe about ten elderly individuals and one person said it may only be four. More biblical activity took place in Iraq than any other country other than Israel. Abraham our Daniel Byrd in Iraq is eco bird in Iraq Isis blew up Jonah’s tomb about a year a year and a half ago and a group called aid to the church in need put out a notice of a couple weeks ago where they said as a result of this Exodus Christianity is on course to disappear from Iraq within possibly five five years and first John 3:17 18 it says but if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need yet closes his heart against them how does God’s love abide to him let us not love in Word or speech but in deed or in truth and Dr. King said in that speech the Birmingham jail speech you said in the end we will remember not the words over enemies but we’ll remember the silence of our our friends and German Lutheran pastor anti-Nazi dissident Dietrich Bonhoeffer his solace in the face of evil is evil itself not to speak is a speaking not to act in that it’s the act so hopefully by sister Diana’s visit and your coming here we in the United States will speak but will also act in order to save Christianity in the cradle Christendom and in the process also the Yazidis and the other religious minorities who were going through a very difficult time they give you somebody who I think frankly will be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize sister Diana.

Sister Diana:
Just to say a word about Mr. wolf. He is – Mr. Wolf – is the one who introduced the world to our plight. It was in 2014 August 6 where Isis driven us out of our homes in the middle of the night and during that time it was the the Gaza events too and there was nothing in the news international news at all about the entire Nineveh plane that was forced to leave by Isis nothing covered in the media and previously I have met Mr. robot his office with my prior sister Maria Hannah so I said to a friend of mine who works for summer tempers I need to do something I need to get our voice someplace far he said who do you want I said I want to reach mr. wolf because I know he has the passion he can’t talk about this he said ok I know friends who is gonna connect me to him believe it or not it was I think August 13th 12 or 13 they connected me to mr. wolf they called me from his office is the sister Diana this is just mr. wolf is like yes I told him this is what’s happening he said really and he promised me to come but during his office he was not able for some reason but he said sister Diana I promise you as soon as I retired I will be there the first week believe it or not the first week of January mr. wolf was in our bill you know I feel that God’s God was with us when he sent mr. wolf he came people loved him so much because I feel that we were supported he came with Marty he came with a group of old buffers with LuAnn no not the one it was at least and Elijah so he came with us he said I wanna see we took him to the camps to see the situation of the Christians what was happening to them after he came back he was on the media and people started contacting us we want to see how can we help so thank you for that thank you so much really and I’m here because of him and Marty – they kept saying you should come I said I’m not coming this tired like yes you should come and one word from him made me come he said this is an Easter moment and it just you know stayed in my heart and reflected on it thanks for that I’m not sister Diana here. I represent my congregation the Dominican Sisters of st. Catherine I represent every Christian in Iraq. Don’t look at me as sister Diana no I’m every Christian in Iraq who has been persecuted who has been driven out of their homes in no time you have not maybe heard the story maybe you’ve read some of you know the stories from media watched media or newspaper but to live the reality is completely different completely when we heard of Isis in Syria we thought this is not going to happen to us it’s only you know across the border in other country we’ve never expected this going to happen but on August 3rd when Isis got to Sinjar and – bye chica and then start moving slowly and people start leaving we’ve thought it’s not that dangerous but then we realized Isis group the Islamic State of Iraq and sham it’s not an easy group it’s start getting all the minorities so it started with Mosul when they started asking people you have three choices otherwise you live to convert to Islam to pay Algeria or you know or you live or will kill you so of course because of our faith most of us we chose to follow our Savior than to stay and convert to Islam by force you know the journey wasn’t easy at all when we left people start living in my hometown that’s called karakash early from 10 o’clock because there was a fighting on the border between Isis and the army so people were afraid that their kids could get hurt so they start living for us as a church we made sure not to live because we are responsible for people until 11 p.m. we saw that the danger was approaching us so we were told you should live because Isis is very close we made sure that most people has left already and we were almost the last people that to live down unfortunately few that they were asleep they could not feel the danger so we had over than 300 hostages and there Isis that we they were able to we were able to liberate them step by step but we still have a few left under their control their

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captivity so

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how did we live away from our homes it’s

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not those days were very difficult and

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Marty mr. wolf when they came they saw

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Christians they are you know the creator

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of civilization we built the civilized

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civilization in Iraq we have been in

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Iraq from first century when Saint

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Thomas passed by through Iraq and his

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disciples that the day and Mary so that

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when we be we were Christians from first

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century so we were not the second

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citizen people that we came after no and

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during from the seventh century with

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experienced persecutions from the south

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of Iraq and then Christian were driven

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in the 7th century to the middle of Iraq

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and now in the 12 in the 21st century we

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were driven from the middle of Iraq into

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the up north of Iraq and we don’t know

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what’s lost stage is going to be mr.

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wolf said it well that Christians were 1

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million point five in Iraq and then now

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there are 200,000 maybe in five years

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there will be zero Christians in Iraq so

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the cradle of Christianity could die in

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Iraq and this is this is very critical

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are we gonna let Christianity die in

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Iraq

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why would die because we don’t feel safe

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anymore our homes when Isis took our

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homes we thought okay it’s going to be a

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while and we’re gonna go back and we’re

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gonna continue our life but apparently

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what happened we waited for liberation

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for over two and a half years during

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these two and a half years I would say

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if it wasn’t the Western Church and the

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US

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and in the Europe Christian could not

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survive lots of NGOs international NGOs

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that they came supported us with food

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and non-food items they helped us to

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move from tents into containers into and

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some organization that helped with

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renting homes where four or five

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families living in one home now we have

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over than 1,200 families are living and

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container about 6,000 people

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the rest are living in homes rented

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homes that imagine if you have went home

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in each room there’s a family living so

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there’s no privacy there is nothing like

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children cannot study because they don’t

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have their own room that’s one thing the

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other thing is education has been

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interrupted for our children because

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during these two and a half years we

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didn’t have a school we didn’t have

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curriculum we have teachers our children

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want to go to school so we are used to

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education because we feel education

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nourishes us helps us to build the

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culture to continue to be strong so the

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first few months we organized we rented

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homes we rented homes we found every

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empty building we started education

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there because we did not want our

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children to be without education for

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college students we have over done four

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thousand college students they have no

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place to go

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then they got hosted in Kirkuk some went

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to the heart

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some stayed without the school so that’s

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why we start worrying about the future

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of Christians what’s next if we cannot

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get proper education if we cannot feel

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safe where we are what’s next the other

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thing is health care you know because

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all the infrastructure in our home

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you know we’re looted and destruct

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district destroyed the capacity where we

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were in in the core distance region

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we’re talking about over than 120,000

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people is not easy to go to a different

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town so to cover everything so that was

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another problem where people should go

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and that’s where we started as Church

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all together working some they took care

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of education some they took care of it

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took health care some they took care of

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humanitarian aid so we kind of divided

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our work so our people could you know

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have this hope the reason that the

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church has been working so hard because

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we did not want a people to live but

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lots of families have left when after

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one month second month they found

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there’s no future in Iraq for them

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however we were praying so hard that

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liberation will take a place we’re gonna

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go back so but but the big shock for us

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was when liberation took a place we were

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so happy we’re gonna go back to see our

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churches to see our homes to see

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whatever we have left but what do you

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think we have so you have no idea we

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thought okay they might be our homes

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might be looted that’s fine okay we’ll

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work hard with furnish them we’ll start

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with the life but it wasn’t like that

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it’s Isis showed who they are and even I

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see what they did it’s not the act of

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human beings at all even beasts do not

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do things like that as soon as we

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entered our villages and towns the first

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thing we saw they have burned more than

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half of the town’s burn them badly and

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I’m gonna show you some photos they

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looted them there is no house

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left with stuff on it at all with

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furniture they’ve taken everything they

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wanted everything they destroyed them

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they destroyed so many some it has been

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straight through the airstrike some by

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bombs the other thing and you know the

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worst thing is to enter into your house

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and you find tunnels dug in your house

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that is you know they’re measured 5 2 X

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7 meters or 10 meters you won’t believe

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it and these tunnels are connected to

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somewhere else and other villages you

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keep walking they’re like they’re one of

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the tunnels discovered this 222

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kilometers that reach to Musel otherwise

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there are some some they are you won’t

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believe me but they are the size of this

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room the size of this room so if we are

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asked do you want to go back this is our

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land this is where we grew up this is

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where we worship this is where we got

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educated this is where you know we have

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every beautiful memory do do we want to

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go back yes but the question will be how

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could we go back if things are destroyed

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burned place is not totally secure who

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would take his kids into a house that

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has a tunnel right so I think now

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Christians are more afraid than before

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because everything they have they count

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on does not exist anymore and it’s not

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only that the big shock for me was when

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I entered my family’s house it was

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completely burnt and he said okay I just

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wanted something that Isis did not reach

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the cemetery

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can you believe even the cemetery did

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not survive from them they opened the

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graves

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at one village called careless there was

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a crops of one of the priests they took

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his skeleton and hang it in the town and

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some are missing

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they let the grave open their bodies are

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missing in my hometown when I visited

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the cemetery the church is all put down

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there’s nothing on the church all like

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you just it’s all rubbish you don’t see

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anything the tombs are open all so I’ve

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said ok you’ve destroyed the houses

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you’ve destroyed because we did not stay

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this is the kind of adventure you know

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you’re due paying us but what did the

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death do to you I mean I think these are

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not the acts of human beings I was

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watching a report on discovery showing

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even the wild animals do not do that

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they do have some mercy in their heart

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but to see this kind of thing never I

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don’t think humanity has experienced

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this business of human beings it’s it’s

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really really bad and I can show you

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this is Immaculate Conception Church

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this is considered one of the biggest

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Church in the Middle East completely

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burnt what happened they collected all

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the benches there were over than 3,000

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benches burn them so you see and the

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chemical element that they have used it

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like when something burns ok the smell

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goes after a few days after one month

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you cannot even breathe when you get

402
00:21:45,559 –> 00:21:51,679
into the church because the kind of the

403
00:21:48,530 –> 00:21:54,470
chemical that has been used they still

404
00:21:51,679 –> 00:21:56,450
under tests we don’t know but some they

405
00:21:54,470 –> 00:21:58,460
call it like this they used this for

406
00:21:56,450 –> 00:22:01,070
some others they use some other

407
00:21:58,460 –> 00:22:01,860
chemicals that is really dangerous for

408
00:22:01,070 –> 00:22:06,149
the environment

409
00:22:01,860 –> 00:22:11,399
til health so this in karakash yes

410
00:22:06,149 –> 00:22:13,740
Immaculate Conception Church so the main

411
00:22:11,399 –> 00:22:18,419
concern for us is the environmental

412
00:22:13,740 –> 00:22:22,080
health how can we go back if you know

413
00:22:18,419 –> 00:22:25,590
most of like I would say if 60% of the

414
00:22:22,080 –> 00:22:30,210
houses have been burned like this 60%

415
00:22:25,590 –> 00:22:32,190
and about maybe 35% has been destroyed

416
00:22:30,210 –> 00:22:36,539
and the rest it’s you know between

417
00:22:32,190 –> 00:22:39,269
looted and destroyed so this is the

418
00:22:36,539 –> 00:22:42,480
church this is the church important you

419
00:22:39,269 –> 00:22:45,779
don’t see that because it’s all black is

420
00:22:42,480 –> 00:22:48,750
the same thing they burnt everything

421
00:22:45,779 –> 00:22:51,720
inside it even the floor you see it has

422
00:22:48,750 –> 00:22:55,139
you know the piles have lifted because

423
00:22:51,720 –> 00:22:58,320
of the some day say the fire was about

424
00:22:55,139 –> 00:23:00,809
three and four days actually this thing

425
00:22:58,320 –> 00:23:02,970
did not they did not burn it like last

426
00:23:00,809 –> 00:23:06,570
year or year before just before the

427
00:23:02,970 –> 00:23:09,330
liberation they collected so many tires

428
00:23:06,570 –> 00:23:12,360
when we entered our hometown my hometown

429
00:23:09,330 –> 00:23:15,240
and others you see tires along the way

430
00:23:12,360 –> 00:23:18,570
hundreds and hundreds of tires of you

431
00:23:15,240 –> 00:23:20,850
know cars and trucks tires so when we

432
00:23:18,570 –> 00:23:24,389
entered to this church honestly we could

433
00:23:20,850 –> 00:23:29,580
not breathe at all – so you can’t see

434
00:23:24,389 –> 00:23:35,519
and this church was renovated in 2005 I

435
00:23:29,580 –> 00:23:38,669
believe this is one as well and if you

436
00:23:35,519 –> 00:23:43,830
see how did they break all the crosses

437
00:23:38,669 –> 00:23:46,830
you don’t see any cross left on this on

438
00:23:43,830 –> 00:23:49,350
any Church at all even at her and you

439
00:23:46,830 –> 00:23:53,340
know in our houses when we they have

440
00:23:49,350 –> 00:23:56,909
never left no like no picture of Our

441
00:23:53,340 –> 00:24:01,080
Lady no crosses nothing at all besides

442
00:23:56,909 –> 00:24:03,600
they they have writings you a crusader

443
00:24:01,080 –> 00:24:06,510
we’re gonna kill you and this is your

444
00:24:03,600 –> 00:24:07,910
end and you know they’ve written so many

445
00:24:06,510 –> 00:24:12,230
thread you know thing

446
00:24:07,910 –> 00:24:15,980
on our walls and our homes and in the

447
00:24:12,230 –> 00:24:17,260
churches as well this is some of the

448
00:24:15,980 –> 00:24:21,050
destruction

449
00:24:17,260 –> 00:24:24,830
this is Umberto la actually the town of

450
00:24:21,050 –> 00:24:27,680
Bert Allah this is the chapel in our

451
00:24:24,830 –> 00:24:30,860
convent Umberto la see if you see

452
00:24:27,680 –> 00:24:34,970
they’ve you know try to break the

453
00:24:30,860 –> 00:24:37,430
clothes they if they did not destroy it

454
00:24:34,970 –> 00:24:41,500
or burn it take you know they looted and

455
00:24:37,430 –> 00:24:46,070
kind of took whatever is value in there

456
00:24:41,500 –> 00:24:48,620
and this building is the city council

457
00:24:46,070 –> 00:24:52,400
building it’s right in front of our

458
00:24:48,620 –> 00:24:56,420
convent you as you see there’s nothing

459
00:24:52,400 –> 00:24:58,910
left apparently a day before the

460
00:24:56,420 –> 00:25:01,610
liberation according to eyewitness that

461
00:24:58,910 –> 00:25:05,120
there was a huge truck filled with bombs

462
00:25:01,610 –> 00:25:07,610
you know so damn is this building as

463
00:25:05,120 –> 00:25:11,480
well as it damaged our convent totally

464
00:25:07,610 –> 00:25:14,990
this is one of the writing at our church

465
00:25:11,480 –> 00:25:18,370
st. John’s Church it says you know what

466
00:25:14,990 –> 00:25:26,890
they say in the name of God the merciful

467
00:25:18,370 –> 00:25:34,280
mercy Islamic state will will stay

468
00:25:26,890 –> 00:25:37,040
against the Alliance the Crusader it’s

469
00:25:34,280 –> 00:25:40,440
like you know even there there herb ik

470
00:25:37,040 –> 00:25:45,330
is not correct yeah

471
00:25:40,440 –> 00:25:50,130
I mean we have time breathing and yeah

472
00:25:45,330 –> 00:25:54,620
it says state with you know with the

473
00:25:50,130 –> 00:25:57,000
blood of the you know the those who

474
00:25:54,620 –> 00:26:01,680
Mujahideen as we call it those who kill

475
00:25:57,000 –> 00:26:06,650
him themselves this is our convent where

476
00:26:01,680 –> 00:26:11,490
what I left so it’s not only destroyed

477
00:26:06,650 –> 00:26:14,460
when we entered into our rooms nothing

478
00:26:11,490 –> 00:26:19,680
has been left at all I lived in the US

479
00:26:14,460 –> 00:26:22,020
and I had at least 300 books I I wasn’t

480
00:26:19,680 –> 00:26:23,970
said at anything I lost just for my

481
00:26:22,020 –> 00:26:26,250
books when I entered like what did it do

482
00:26:23,970 –> 00:26:29,790
with my with our books and everything we

483
00:26:26,250 –> 00:26:32,460
have what happened was there’s a square

484
00:26:29,790 –> 00:26:35,370
you know at the church where they took

485
00:26:32,460 –> 00:26:37,950
all the books that we have and they

486
00:26:35,370 –> 00:26:40,020
burned it to blur the vision of the

487
00:26:37,950 –> 00:26:45,570
airstrikes when they were you know

488
00:26:40,020 –> 00:26:47,640
fighting this is my family’s house you

489
00:26:45,570 –> 00:26:52,500
can see there’s no window there’s no

490
00:26:47,640 –> 00:26:54,390
doors there’s nothing so that was my

491
00:26:52,500 –> 00:26:57,720
first time getting into the house is

492
00:26:54,390 –> 00:27:00,990
like you know I didn’t know Charlotte

493
00:26:57,720 –> 00:27:02,850
loud I feel sad kind of you know your

494
00:27:00,990 –> 00:27:08,340
feelings is like you don’t know what to

495
00:27:02,850 –> 00:27:09,930
feel at all you get known and most of

496
00:27:08,340 –> 00:27:13,040
the houses are like this I want are

497
00:27:09,930 –> 00:27:17,550
burned so when we are when they ask us

498
00:27:13,040 –> 00:27:21,540
you want to go back ok yes shall my dad

499
00:27:17,550 –> 00:27:24,110
live in this house how first of all is

500
00:27:21,540 –> 00:27:27,330
not healthy second it’s gonna need to be

501
00:27:24,110 –> 00:27:30,120
renovated but it’s not easy to renovate

502
00:27:27,330 –> 00:27:32,160
it because the material that has been

503
00:27:30,120 –> 00:27:34,980
used so you cannot just peel it and

504
00:27:32,160 –> 00:27:38,460
paint it you have to take it all down

505
00:27:34,980 –> 00:27:40,530
and start a new house so if the families

506
00:27:38,460 –> 00:27:42,870
with low income or most of the families

507
00:27:40,530 –> 00:27:45,960
because they left and left everything

508
00:27:42,870 –> 00:27:49,110
behind and they barely can survive how

509
00:27:45,960 –> 00:27:52,000
they can go back if they don’t find help

510
00:27:49,110 –> 00:27:55,330
however if there is no secure

511
00:27:52,000 –> 00:27:58,720
number one how can we go back the truth

512
00:27:55,330 –> 00:28:02,680
is who did this to us was not only Isis

513
00:27:58,720 –> 00:28:06,310
was our neighbors the surrounded areas

514
00:28:02,680 –> 00:28:09,310
and so many documents were founded so

515
00:28:06,310 –> 00:28:12,070
many documents names and from

516
00:28:09,310 –> 00:28:14,440
eyewitnesses to women who survived and

517
00:28:12,070 –> 00:28:18,100
they found them when the liberation

518
00:28:14,440 –> 00:28:20,980
happened so one of them said they were

519
00:28:18,100 –> 00:28:23,500
asking me where’s the house of this man

520
00:28:20,980 –> 00:28:26,730
and that man those people who used to

521
00:28:23,500 –> 00:28:29,830
come to our schools you know to our

522
00:28:26,730 –> 00:28:31,900
health care system where we treated them

523
00:28:29,830 –> 00:28:35,020
they are the same people who turned

524
00:28:31,900 –> 00:28:37,060
against us and looted our homes and

525
00:28:35,020 –> 00:28:41,290
burnt them and destroyed it and turned

526
00:28:37,060 –> 00:28:43,420
tickets how can we trust them again it’s

527
00:28:41,290 –> 00:28:46,330
impossible you know no matter what you

528
00:28:43,420 –> 00:28:48,730
do it’s impossible so many stories told

529
00:28:46,330 –> 00:28:50,590
by people who are living in Musel the

530
00:28:48,730 –> 00:28:53,320
neighbor will say to his a Christian

531
00:28:50,590 –> 00:28:55,180
neighbor you should leave now because I

532
00:28:53,320 –> 00:28:56,830
want to take your home if you don’t live

533
00:28:55,180 –> 00:29:00,070
I’m gonna kill you

534
00:28:56,830 –> 00:29:02,260
so people and they did not let them take

535
00:29:00,070 –> 00:29:06,130
any belongings with them they left with

536
00:29:02,260 –> 00:29:09,300
nothing so how can we go and live in

537
00:29:06,130 –> 00:29:12,850
Musel again with our neighbor who said

538
00:29:09,300 –> 00:29:15,760
live how can we live with our neighbors

539
00:29:12,850 –> 00:29:17,860
who were living with us in karakash and

540
00:29:15,760 –> 00:29:20,290
surrounding area and Berthillon in

541
00:29:17,860 –> 00:29:23,560
current list and go love with them again

542
00:29:20,290 –> 00:29:27,520
it’s it’s hard it’s hard to gain that

543
00:29:23,560 –> 00:29:32,440
trust anymore if you notice in this

544
00:29:27,520 –> 00:29:37,540
church see the tower totally destroyed

545
00:29:32,440 –> 00:29:41,970
and the they broke the crosses we have

546
00:29:37,540 –> 00:29:44,980
eight churches in only karakash

547
00:29:41,970 –> 00:29:47,260
interval if you see there they are in

548
00:29:44,980 –> 00:29:51,610
terrible condition terrible

549
00:29:47,260 –> 00:29:55,840
burnt looted the profit has been taken

550
00:29:51,610 –> 00:30:00,010
down besides that is not only that what

551
00:29:55,840 –> 00:30:04,820
they did is they used the church square

552
00:30:00,010 –> 00:30:08,480
as a targeting to training children

553
00:30:04,820 –> 00:30:11,320
training their men how to kill this is

554
00:30:08,480 –> 00:30:15,860
how they desecrated our churches you see

555
00:30:11,320 –> 00:30:19,610
yes yesterday was Monday sorry through

556
00:30:15,860 –> 00:30:21,590
CBN they came to Iraq and we went to

557
00:30:19,610 –> 00:30:24,309
Caracas for eight hours Chris Mitchell

558
00:30:21,590 –> 00:30:26,720
has did really a nice segment about

559
00:30:24,309 –> 00:30:28,669
everything that happened he showed

560
00:30:26,720 –> 00:30:32,899
everything that happened so it’s online

561
00:30:28,669 –> 00:30:36,590
on Facebook CBN so it gives more details

562
00:30:32,899 –> 00:30:39,110
about how the destruction took place and

563
00:30:36,590 –> 00:30:41,750
you see the houses you see it like oh

564
00:30:39,110 –> 00:30:44,029
this is really simple but as you see my

565
00:30:41,750 –> 00:30:46,429
family’s house when I saw this like I

566
00:30:44,029 –> 00:30:49,549
said this is really easy we can’t fix it

567
00:30:46,429 –> 00:30:51,710
but when you get get inside you see it’s

568
00:30:49,549 –> 00:30:59,299
totally destroyed even the fans are

569
00:30:51,710 –> 00:31:01,820
melted this is the tower but when we

570
00:30:59,299 –> 00:31:05,389
were there I don’t know sometimes I love

571
00:31:01,820 –> 00:31:08,990
to see signs of hope we cannot lose hope

572
00:31:05,389 –> 00:31:13,639
right if you notice Watson we were up

573
00:31:08,990 –> 00:31:17,889
and I saw that the vision standing there

574
00:31:13,639 –> 00:31:21,019
like wow you know this tells something

575
00:31:17,889 –> 00:31:23,269
this tells something God is always

576
00:31:21,019 –> 00:31:26,960
present and when the Holy Spirit

577
00:31:23,269 –> 00:31:30,919
descended to Christ it was through you

578
00:31:26,960 –> 00:31:34,039
know like a dog and that was a sign for

579
00:31:30,919 –> 00:31:38,330
me honestly as a sister as a believer I

580
00:31:34,039 –> 00:31:41,450
found it as a sign of hope so

581
00:31:38,330 –> 00:31:44,690
I do pray I do pray that tower will be

582
00:31:41,450 –> 00:31:47,299
rebuilt again I do pray that the church

583
00:31:44,690 –> 00:31:49,669
will be glorified again with the prayers

584
00:31:47,299 –> 00:31:52,610
a mass was set right after the

585
00:31:49,669 –> 00:31:56,570
liberation in the midst of the burning

586
00:31:52,610 –> 00:31:59,179
and you know all that destruction the

587
00:31:56,570 –> 00:32:01,539
bishop and people went and celebrated

588
00:31:59,179 –> 00:32:07,190
Mass there to bring the Spirit of God

589
00:32:01,539 –> 00:32:10,820
after that church was the tested this is

590
00:32:07,190 –> 00:32:12,860
the one of the tunnels one of the

591
00:32:10,820 –> 00:32:16,200
tunnels see how deep it is and this is

592
00:32:12,860 –> 00:32:19,880
you know this is in college

593
00:32:16,200 –> 00:32:25,799
there’s a shrine same Barbara shrine

594
00:32:19,880 –> 00:32:28,529
they have four of them they are so deep

595
00:32:25,799 –> 00:32:31,289
that they tried to close them it’s

596
00:32:28,529 –> 00:32:37,169
impossible because they are huge this

597
00:32:31,289 –> 00:32:40,110
one I don’t know they said it was 4×6 I

598
00:32:37,169 –> 00:32:44,010
think or seven when I looked at it I got

599
00:32:40,110 –> 00:32:47,940
dizzy and what they did when they did

600
00:32:44,010 –> 00:32:51,450
this one they took all the you know what

601
00:32:47,940 –> 00:32:55,500
you call it the dirt and closed the rest

602
00:32:51,450 –> 00:32:58,380
of the you know the shrine and the we

603
00:32:55,500 –> 00:33:03,210
have volunteers they worked for 15 days

604
00:32:58,380 –> 00:33:06,659
taking the dirt out of the you know the

605
00:33:03,210 –> 00:33:09,840
shrine and they broke half of the tomb

606
00:33:06,659 –> 00:33:12,269
of Saint Barbara and that try and

607
00:33:09,840 –> 00:33:15,419
belongs to centuries ago I don’t have

608
00:33:12,269 –> 00:33:21,080
the date exactly but it’s so all that’s

609
00:33:15,419 –> 00:33:25,110
on a small tell a small hell hell so I

610
00:33:21,080 –> 00:33:27,480
mean this is dangerous what we think ok

611
00:33:25,110 –> 00:33:30,230
people want a worship but we don’t know

612
00:33:27,480 –> 00:33:34,139
how safe these tunnels will be only in

613
00:33:30,230 –> 00:33:38,370
courage they discovered up to now 100

614
00:33:34,139 –> 00:33:41,100
ton ELLs they have not gone to one house

615
00:33:38,370 –> 00:33:44,990
to another yet so what kind of things

616
00:33:41,100 –> 00:33:49,260
were gonna you know see there besides

617
00:33:44,990 –> 00:33:54,620
see this is the church how they you know

618
00:33:49,260 –> 00:33:58,110
actually they bumped the tower and they

619
00:33:54,620 –> 00:34:00,260
break the crews broke the crows but what

620
00:33:58,110 –> 00:34:03,269
happened when we went the first thing

621
00:34:00,260 –> 00:34:06,000
you know the soldiers and PU the you

622
00:34:03,269 –> 00:34:08,909
know Miniver protection unit with the

623
00:34:06,000 –> 00:34:10,560
army they went the first thing they made

624
00:34:08,909 –> 00:34:12,540
and with the priest they were priests

625
00:34:10,560 –> 00:34:15,540
with them when they went to see the

626
00:34:12,540 –> 00:34:18,659
situation they put the cross because

627
00:34:15,540 –> 00:34:22,290
this is a worse sign you know so they

628
00:34:18,659 –> 00:34:23,500
put that cross there to say that life

629
00:34:22,290 –> 00:34:29,139
will come back to

630
00:34:23,500 –> 00:34:31,990
down hopefully these are the markets

631
00:34:29,139 –> 00:34:35,169
where people used to make livelihood for

632
00:34:31,990 –> 00:34:39,909
their lives all of them along this

633
00:34:35,169 –> 00:34:42,129
street all has been burned looted some

634
00:34:39,909 –> 00:34:46,270
destroyed I could not include all the

635
00:34:42,129 –> 00:34:48,370
pictures and some destroyed so how could

636
00:34:46,270 –> 00:34:51,550
people now go back if they have nothing

637
00:34:48,370 –> 00:34:56,950
left in there always they have been

638
00:34:51,550 –> 00:34:59,950
asking this question this is the square

639
00:34:56,950 –> 00:35:01,380
of the church see how they made it the

640
00:34:59,950 –> 00:35:06,220
target

641
00:35:01,380 –> 00:35:09,820
you know secure for them and they

642
00:35:06,220 –> 00:35:13,000
destroyed it really it’s when you see it

643
00:35:09,820 –> 00:35:16,840
it was so beautiful and now all what you

644
00:35:13,000 –> 00:35:21,100
see it’s rubbish in this area there’s

645
00:35:16,840 –> 00:35:25,600
about 15 houses that has been totally

646
00:35:21,100 –> 00:35:30,160
destroyed next to this house there is a

647
00:35:25,600 –> 00:35:33,070
woman who is my friend when she was in

648
00:35:30,160 –> 00:35:35,890
Jordan she could not live in Jordan she

649
00:35:33,070 –> 00:35:38,350
loves her home a lot that she said I’m

650
00:35:35,890 –> 00:35:41,320
coming back before the liberation and

651
00:35:38,350 –> 00:35:43,870
four days I believe and after the

652
00:35:41,320 –> 00:35:47,560
liberation when they posted photos she

653
00:35:43,870 –> 00:35:50,850
saw her home has been airstrike she went

654
00:35:47,560 –> 00:35:55,000
back I mean her story is so moving

655
00:35:50,850 –> 00:35:57,760
she looked around she said some people

656
00:35:55,000 –> 00:36:01,210
came back they could find a photo as a

657
00:35:57,760 –> 00:36:03,520
memory for there anything that could

658
00:36:01,210 –> 00:36:07,660
really she said I could not get in and

659
00:36:03,520 –> 00:36:10,960
find a photo that can remind me of my

660
00:36:07,660 –> 00:36:13,870
entire family all what to remind me she

661
00:36:10,960 –> 00:36:16,750
took a stone from her house and said

662
00:36:13,870 –> 00:36:20,590
this is us a memory for what it has been

663
00:36:16,750 –> 00:36:22,510
left from my house so there are lots of

664
00:36:20,590 –> 00:36:23,620
stories of people coming back with a

665
00:36:22,510 –> 00:36:26,530
broken heart

666
00:36:23,620 –> 00:36:28,930
imagine you have a beautiful mansion and

667
00:36:26,530 –> 00:36:32,800
when you go back you don’t see it just

668
00:36:28,930 –> 00:36:34,550
you see you know rubbish or gravel so

669
00:36:32,800 –> 00:36:37,760
and

670
00:36:34,550 –> 00:36:41,000
the problem is you know for us as a

671
00:36:37,760 –> 00:36:45,650
Christians we’ve never lived in tents or

672
00:36:41,000 –> 00:36:47,690
we’re educated people like people you

673
00:36:45,650 –> 00:36:50,030
see doctors you see lawyers you’ll see

674
00:36:47,690 –> 00:36:53,780
engineers you see teachers just all

675
00:36:50,030 –> 00:36:56,360
kinds of people you know educated so

676
00:36:53,780 –> 00:37:01,820
when you see this down you don’t believe

677
00:36:56,360 –> 00:37:05,780
that you know you say this is a message

678
00:37:01,820 –> 00:37:07,850
to tell go away this is not your land I

679
00:37:05,780 –> 00:37:10,790
mean how could you give it can you give

680
00:37:07,850 –> 00:37:13,670
it another analysis for me I can because

681
00:37:10,790 –> 00:37:16,670
I come from that area when I walk in our

682
00:37:13,670 –> 00:37:19,580
street this is this message that I got

683
00:37:16,670 –> 00:37:21,680
from them otherwise who I would do that

684
00:37:19,580 –> 00:37:23,660
with why would they do this

685
00:37:21,680 –> 00:37:29,420
you know there’s no other explanation

686
00:37:23,660 –> 00:37:32,150
for two and a half years we left the

687
00:37:29,420 –> 00:37:35,900
town we thought it’s going to be fine

688
00:37:32,150 –> 00:37:38,810
but apparently no so now the shop people

689
00:37:35,900 –> 00:37:43,120
are more traumatized more shocked as we

690
00:37:38,810 –> 00:37:43,120
left in 2014

691
00:37:43,690 –> 00:37:51,140
anyway so that was a part of I just want

692
00:37:47,570 –> 00:37:54,560
to show you how Isis affected us by not

693
00:37:51,140 –> 00:37:58,340
leaving anything for us you know fine

694
00:37:54,560 –> 00:38:01,130
from material things they are trying to

695
00:37:58,340 –> 00:38:06,560
get into our faith right when they do

696
00:38:01,130 –> 00:38:10,970
this they try to get us but I see people

697
00:38:06,560 –> 00:38:14,210
still have faith people continue to have

698
00:38:10,970 –> 00:38:17,150
hope so many they say if we get help

699
00:38:14,210 –> 00:38:19,060
we’ll go back when rebuilt and so many

700
00:38:17,150 –> 00:38:24,070
they are going back to clean their homes

701
00:38:19,060 –> 00:38:27,320
trying to you know do what they can but

702
00:38:24,070 –> 00:38:31,400
it’s not easy to take this step now if

703
00:38:27,320 –> 00:38:35,870
things are not clear when the liberation

704
00:38:31,400 –> 00:38:38,600
happened we found so many things we

705
00:38:35,870 –> 00:38:40,910
found clothes that in each house

706
00:38:38,600 –> 00:38:44,560
families would say this is not our

707
00:38:40,910 –> 00:38:47,450
clothes so there were apparently

708
00:38:44,560 –> 00:38:47,820
strangers living there who they were we

709
00:38:47,450 –> 00:38:50,480
can

710
00:38:47,820 –> 00:38:54,570
and identify now there are so many

711
00:38:50,480 –> 00:38:58,830
evidence for things that were not

712
00:38:54,570 –> 00:39:02,160
supposed to be in our town in some

713
00:38:58,830 –> 00:39:03,930
places they found some families found

714
00:39:02,160 –> 00:39:07,970
their homes has been turned into a

715
00:39:03,930 –> 00:39:13,320
factory of weapons some they found

716
00:39:07,970 –> 00:39:15,780
bodies parts of bodies there so there

717
00:39:13,320 –> 00:39:21,360
are so many things in our towns and

718
00:39:15,780 –> 00:39:24,660
villages and our DA in some homes as you

719
00:39:21,360 –> 00:39:27,780
know there were 3,000 TG these women

720
00:39:24,660 –> 00:39:31,290
missing we don’t know if they were there

721
00:39:27,780 –> 00:39:34,320
or not so there are a missing puzzle

722
00:39:31,290 –> 00:39:36,090
there that we need to find the pieces

723
00:39:34,320 –> 00:39:39,390
but we cannot find them by ourselves

724
00:39:36,090 –> 00:39:43,370
we’re gonna need help to find those

725
00:39:39,390 –> 00:39:48,090
pieces and put them together I believe

726
00:39:43,370 –> 00:39:51,780
so three things that we really need for

727
00:39:48,090 –> 00:39:54,090
this we’re gonna need security for

728
00:39:51,780 –> 00:39:56,340
Christians to save the cradle

729
00:39:54,090 –> 00:40:02,010
Christianity in Iraq if they don’t feel

730
00:39:56,340 –> 00:40:05,370
secure they cannot go back and they want

731
00:40:02,010 –> 00:40:07,850
really they won’t feel secure and take

732
00:40:05,370 –> 00:40:12,810
their children if they don’t have

733
00:40:07,850 –> 00:40:15,360
something you know as tangible to tell

734
00:40:12,810 –> 00:40:18,660
them you’re gonna be fine we’re kind of

735
00:40:15,360 –> 00:40:22,230
you’re gonna be safe second to live in

736
00:40:18,660 –> 00:40:26,970
such an environment it’s not healthy at

737
00:40:22,230 –> 00:40:29,670
all even if it’s rebuilt third all the

738
00:40:26,970 –> 00:40:33,450
evidence need to be examined I think to

739
00:40:29,670 –> 00:40:34,920
see what happened you know we have the

740
00:40:33,450 –> 00:40:38,670
right to know what happened for our

741
00:40:34,920 –> 00:40:42,840
towns and villages and our churches our

742
00:40:38,670 –> 00:40:45,780
homes our Institute’s our hospitals

743
00:40:42,840 –> 00:40:48,840
everything that we worked so hard those

744
00:40:45,780 –> 00:40:51,690
homes families work 20 30 years to build

745
00:40:48,840 –> 00:40:53,790
it there was a teacher he got into his

746
00:40:51,690 –> 00:40:58,380
house was totally burned he said my

747
00:40:53,790 –> 00:41:01,010
student so so I taught them burned my

748
00:40:58,380 –> 00:41:04,520
house that took me 30 years

749
00:41:01,010 –> 00:41:07,520
build-it how would you react to such a

750
00:41:04,520 –> 00:41:11,960
story this is one of them

751
00:41:07,520 –> 00:41:14,210
or a widow who stands in front of her

752
00:41:11,960 –> 00:41:20,780
house with her children crying this is

753
00:41:14,210 –> 00:41:24,170
all what I have what should I do now so

754
00:41:20,780 –> 00:41:28,520
I think this is or I do believe this is

755
00:41:24,170 –> 00:41:32,210
a very difficult time for us we’re gonna

756
00:41:28,520 –> 00:41:36,440
need lots of support more than before

757
00:41:32,210 –> 00:41:46,700
the disciplined this is this is the time

758
00:41:36,440 –> 00:41:51,160
that we do need help how it’s not easy

759
00:41:46,700 –> 00:41:53,780
to say many people want to go back some

760
00:41:51,160 –> 00:41:56,270
they don’t feel they want to go back

761
00:41:53,780 –> 00:42:02,210
they want to find a better future for

762
00:41:56,270 –> 00:42:05,090
their children for themselves as church

763
00:42:02,210 –> 00:42:09,280
we try to do the best that we can to

764
00:42:05,090 –> 00:42:15,200
keep people hopeful to keep ourself

765
00:42:09,280 –> 00:42:19,280
hopeful and believe that since one of

766
00:42:15,200 –> 00:42:22,820
Jesus Christ disciples went through that

767
00:42:19,280 –> 00:42:27,590
land we feel that Jesus wants that

768
00:42:22,820 –> 00:42:31,280
spirit to continue in that land how can

769
00:42:27,590 –> 00:42:34,000
we keep it we ask our question our

770
00:42:31,280 –> 00:42:36,740
selves this question every single day

771
00:42:34,000 –> 00:42:39,440
the church and Sunday you see them

772
00:42:36,740 –> 00:42:44,660
filled with people praying calling to

773
00:42:39,440 –> 00:42:49,340
God for protection for safety for strong

774
00:42:44,660 –> 00:42:52,070
faith how long did this would last you

775
00:42:49,340 –> 00:42:56,600
know one trauma after another one

776
00:42:52,070 –> 00:43:02,900
persecution after another how much can a

777
00:42:56,600 –> 00:43:05,630
human being carry you know we earn for a

778
00:43:02,900 –> 00:43:07,820
normal life we don’t live a normal life

779
00:43:05,630 –> 00:43:12,080
and we cannot say we do not live a

780
00:43:07,820 –> 00:43:13,740
normal life I think since I was born

781
00:43:12,080 –> 00:43:19,140
I’ve never experienced a normal

782
00:43:13,740 –> 00:43:25,830
if Iran were sanction you go for us war

783
00:43:19,140 –> 00:43:29,190
and the worst of all Isis and what Isis

784
00:43:25,830 –> 00:43:34,040
is is that people that they did this I

785
00:43:29,190 –> 00:43:37,200
think it’s more it’s about the ideology

786
00:43:34,040 –> 00:43:39,960
children that they are coming from Musel

787
00:43:37,200 –> 00:43:42,810
that they have elaborated one of the

788
00:43:39,960 –> 00:43:44,670
children said they were he was us what

789
00:43:42,810 –> 00:43:50,820
did you learn at school what do you

790
00:43:44,670 –> 00:43:54,030
think and master class he was taught one

791
00:43:50,820 –> 00:43:57,060
dead body plus one dead body equaled two

792
00:43:54,030 –> 00:44:03,030
dead bodies one bullet plus one bullet

793
00:43:57,060 –> 00:44:05,910
equal two bullets the infidels in Arabic

794
00:44:03,030 –> 00:44:10,200
the class in Arabic I didn’t post it

795
00:44:05,910 –> 00:44:12,540
here I have it assess the infidels

796
00:44:10,200 –> 00:44:18,810
deserved to be slaughtered this is an

797
00:44:12,540 –> 00:44:20,820
Arabic class so if you teach your

798
00:44:18,810 –> 00:44:25,050
children this how do how would they grow

799
00:44:20,820 –> 00:44:30,800
up and at the end of each curriculum

800
00:44:25,050 –> 00:44:36,750
there is a weapon a gun or some kind of

801
00:44:30,800 –> 00:44:39,060
so we need to think deeply who Isis is

802
00:44:36,750 –> 00:44:43,460
is it a few people that they came and

803
00:44:39,060 –> 00:44:47,190
did this destruction and left or is it

804
00:44:43,460 –> 00:44:49,800
two and a half years our I think it’s a

805
00:44:47,190 –> 00:44:53,070
long period to teach children to do lots

806
00:44:49,800 –> 00:44:56,609
of things right at school from six years

807
00:44:53,070 –> 00:45:01,109
to twelve years so this is the age where

808
00:44:56,609 –> 00:45:03,180
you can plant things in the mind of

809
00:45:01,109 –> 00:45:05,099
children and they never get it out

810
00:45:03,180 –> 00:45:08,609
because they think this is what they

811
00:45:05,099 –> 00:45:13,440
believe it so if one bullet plus one

812
00:45:08,609 –> 00:45:16,170
bullet is equal to God help us god help

813
00:45:13,440 –> 00:45:17,820
us and this is not only happening in

814
00:45:16,170 –> 00:45:21,900
Iraq it could happen

815
00:45:17,820 –> 00:45:25,080
everywhere we where the victim we are

816
00:45:21,900 –> 00:45:28,650
the victim but we don’t know

817
00:45:25,080 –> 00:45:31,770
you know we hear all over the Europe in

818
00:45:28,650 –> 00:45:33,780
many places lots of turmoil is happening

819
00:45:31,770 –> 00:45:39,420
so we need the question of ourself now

820
00:45:33,780 –> 00:45:42,480
are we safe who it is we tested

821
00:45:39,420 –> 00:45:44,690
suffering bitterness and all kinds of

822
00:45:42,480 –> 00:45:48,090
things will continue to be strong

823
00:45:44,690 –> 00:45:50,970
because we do believe God has been

824
00:45:48,090 –> 00:45:55,620
journeying with us in each day and each

825
00:45:50,970 –> 00:45:57,660
minute and this is how from first day I

826
00:45:55,620 –> 00:46:01,920
would like to tell you about our work as

827
00:45:57,660 –> 00:46:04,170
Church as the many consist earth we

828
00:46:01,920 –> 00:46:08,700
thought the first thing we can do is

829
00:46:04,170 –> 00:46:11,790
open kindergardens open schools so this

830
00:46:08,700 –> 00:46:14,400
way we can educate our children to

831
00:46:11,790 –> 00:46:17,820
continue have faith to continue to

832
00:46:14,400 –> 00:46:21,840
believe in life believing life is the

833
00:46:17,820 –> 00:46:24,780
key to love so this is what we started

834
00:46:21,840 –> 00:46:28,320
doing we opened the school we open for

835
00:46:24,780 –> 00:46:32,160
kindergardens we continued it to be with

836
00:46:28,320 –> 00:46:36,210
people at the camps day by day do the

837
00:46:32,160 –> 00:46:39,330
worship with them celebrate Mass do

838
00:46:36,210 –> 00:46:43,380
catechism we did first communion as

839
00:46:39,330 –> 00:46:46,170
Catholics each we have two terms in

840
00:46:43,380 –> 00:46:50,430
summer we have over than 700 children in

841
00:46:46,170 –> 00:46:52,500
each year we try to do all kinds of

842
00:46:50,430 –> 00:46:56,610
things why because we thought this is

843
00:46:52,500 –> 00:47:00,150
how we can strengthen what we have you

844
00:46:56,610 –> 00:47:05,100
know so we still working with our

845
00:47:00,150 –> 00:47:07,410
community as Church in general to what

846
00:47:05,100 –> 00:47:10,680
we did just you heard her father

847
00:47:07,410 –> 00:47:15,360
bhinneka and I there were hundreds of

848
00:47:10,680 –> 00:47:17,790
people at the camp sick they don’t know

849
00:47:15,360 –> 00:47:20,520
where to go no hospitals nothing so

850
00:47:17,790 –> 00:47:25,170
there was a mother’s tent there with the

851
00:47:20,520 –> 00:47:27,360
tent we started a small unit for medical

852
00:47:25,170 –> 00:47:31,080
health we divided into different parts

853
00:47:27,360 –> 00:47:33,990
and then someone came doctor said can we

854
00:47:31,080 –> 00:47:35,450
volunteer I said sure and looked we

855
00:47:33,990 –> 00:47:37,880
don’t have medicine I said

856
00:47:35,450 –> 00:47:40,190
father beocca let me go I’m back I’m a

857
00:47:37,880 –> 00:47:44,480
Dominican I’m a beggar that’s what son

858
00:47:40,190 –> 00:47:44,990
Dominic was was a bigger you know this

859
00:47:44,480 –> 00:47:48,320
is who I am

860
00:47:44,990 –> 00:47:51,500
you know I follow my founder that was

861
00:47:48,320 –> 00:47:54,020
his spirituality I went to pharmacies

862
00:47:51,500 –> 00:47:56,330
I said listen where we were just

863
00:47:54,020 –> 00:47:59,060
disciplines we don’t have can you help

864
00:47:56,330 –> 00:48:01,070
me so he got small back with the widow

865
00:47:59,060 –> 00:48:04,490
spurt that’s what I call our clinic how

866
00:48:01,070 –> 00:48:07,610
we started with a widow spurt and

867
00:48:04,490 –> 00:48:11,440
believe it or not with that small tent

868
00:48:07,610 –> 00:48:15,790
and with the small amount of medicine

869
00:48:11,440 –> 00:48:19,280
God blessed us with so many and then

870
00:48:15,790 –> 00:48:21,380
someone came to me was friend of Kevin

871
00:48:19,280 –> 00:48:24,020
his name’s Matthew now hurry he said

872
00:48:21,380 –> 00:48:26,690
sister how can I help you it’s like wow

873
00:48:24,020 –> 00:48:29,480
we need medicine we need so-and-so and

874
00:48:26,690 –> 00:48:33,620
Samaritan purse start helping us right

875
00:48:29,480 –> 00:48:36,950
away and then my typical mission they

876
00:48:33,620 –> 00:48:39,380
came they said how can we help I start

877
00:48:36,950 –> 00:48:42,820
helping and some other organization and

878
00:48:39,380 –> 00:48:46,430
that’s how our clinic you know start

879
00:48:42,820 –> 00:48:50,660
growing we start seeing people between

880
00:48:46,430 –> 00:48:54,170
700 to 800 per day and then as I said

881
00:48:50,660 –> 00:48:55,580
God blessed us we became an organization

882
00:48:54,170 –> 00:48:58,340
that’s named you’re gonna see in the

883
00:48:55,580 –> 00:49:01,040
brochure human we called it a

884
00:48:58,340 –> 00:49:03,020
humanitarian evil organization that was

885
00:49:01,040 –> 00:49:08,600
recognized officially in November of

886
00:49:03,020 –> 00:49:11,210
2015 we call it because we it’s not only

887
00:49:08,600 –> 00:49:13,280
for Christian but it’s all for all

888
00:49:11,210 –> 00:49:17,330
minorities we reach out for all

889
00:49:13,280 –> 00:49:20,780
minorities and it’s open for everyone so

890
00:49:17,330 –> 00:49:25,460
we have done projects with the cities

891
00:49:20,780 –> 00:49:29,150
those are real CDs that they are living

892
00:49:25,460 –> 00:49:31,310
it’s kind of it’s aslam hundreds of

893
00:49:29,150 –> 00:49:35,860
years Edy’s are living so we tried to

894
00:49:31,310 –> 00:49:38,780
get them food and non-food items and

895
00:49:35,860 –> 00:49:42,590
this is our clinic as i said it we

896
00:49:38,780 –> 00:49:44,690
started with a modest tent and then you

897
00:49:42,590 –> 00:49:46,940
know it started growing growing and

898
00:49:44,690 –> 00:49:49,430
someday you visit that you’re gonna see

899
00:49:46,940 –> 00:49:51,980
lots of you no longer sets you know

900
00:49:49,430 –> 00:49:54,230
donated by so each Caravan is donated by

901
00:49:51,980 –> 00:49:56,990
some organization we had German

902
00:49:54,230 –> 00:50:00,170
organization French organization so see

903
00:49:56,990 –> 00:50:02,930
this accumulate cool things like really

904
00:50:00,170 –> 00:50:05,900
really I said like God sent people from

905
00:50:02,930 –> 00:50:08,299
all over the places we received people

906
00:50:05,900 –> 00:50:11,210
from all over the world they come to see

907
00:50:08,299 –> 00:50:13,369
our work and then they see what kind of

908
00:50:11,210 –> 00:50:15,890
work is they support and this is how we

909
00:50:13,369 –> 00:50:18,920
have been able to continue our work

910
00:50:15,890 –> 00:50:21,680
serving thousands of people every single

911
00:50:18,920 –> 00:50:24,470
month like each month which the number

912
00:50:21,680 –> 00:50:26,960
of you know patients reaches to six to

913
00:50:24,470 –> 00:50:30,470
seven and eight thousand we open two

914
00:50:26,960 –> 00:50:34,039
clinics and we are you know we’re doing

915
00:50:30,470 –> 00:50:37,130
projects we’re to help youth we were

916
00:50:34,039 –> 00:50:39,740
doing some music you know training doing

917
00:50:37,130 –> 00:50:41,660
English courses because some of our

918
00:50:39,740 –> 00:50:44,359
youth that they don’t have anything to

919
00:50:41,660 –> 00:50:47,569
do so we see like education is a weapon

920
00:50:44,359 –> 00:50:50,329
for us so this is how we educate our

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children we’re trying to do workshops

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for them so that’s what it’s a small

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organization but I believe that small

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00:50:58,819 –> 00:51:04,520
things makes a big difference and this

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is how I see things and you know from a

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different perspective Cardinal Donald

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visited us last year and we were so

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blessed that you know because kanaeva

929
00:51:14,150 –> 00:51:18,589
has been supporting us very much so

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00:51:16,279 –> 00:51:21,349
they’d like to see our work and we were

931
00:51:18,589 –> 00:51:24,500
so blessed that you know he came and saw

932
00:51:21,349 –> 00:51:27,710
our work and blessed it as well this is

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another clinic in a town that’s away

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from Erbil about 20 minutes they’re

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about at this complex about 1200

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families 80% are Muslim 28% are

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Christians so you see I mean we receive

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all kinds of page so the the clinic is

939
00:51:44,809 –> 00:51:51,529
opened this open door for everyone we

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00:51:49,130 –> 00:51:53,569
reach out for cafes as well we see like

941
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what their needs are doing summer during

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00:51:53,569 –> 00:52:01,130
winter so we do the humanitarian

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00:51:56,900 –> 00:52:04,610
work and this is the clinic in and Kawa

944
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what we do it’s not only like we do the

945
00:52:04,610 –> 00:52:09,410
primarily care for it like and but we

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00:52:07,430 –> 00:52:11,660
have kinds of you know we expand we

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started only with the can ecologist and

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interest internist and then as I said

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God blessed us we have ultrasound

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00:52:17,480 –> 00:52:23,560
department we have flat department

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00:52:19,490 –> 00:52:28,880
dentist dental department the pharmacy

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00:52:23,560 –> 00:52:35,000
pediatrician so ok it’s like you know

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00:52:28,880 –> 00:52:37,790
you feel that the widow spurt was not

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only one part but God has blessed it so

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much and I do believe with small things

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we can do lots of things and this is how

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I say it doesn’t have to be too big with

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every penny we were able to help a

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family that’s why sometimes I say

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sometimes people would say sister we

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don’t have much to give you I say a

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penny makes the difference to us it does

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honestly it does now one of the things

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okay so this is how our life is about

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you know every single day people now

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they are under a question what shall we

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do if you have any questions

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[Music]

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people before Isis they used to own

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mansions that you know worth of million

971
00:54:15,510 –> 00:54:22,830
dollars they owned so much and you know

972
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they owned houses they own cars they own

973
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business

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we didn’t have poor people or any

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homeless at all the pool one could get

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00:54:30,420 –> 00:54:39,270
by with easiness you know if they were

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not employees they have you know their

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own business so life was really really

979
00:54:42,990 –> 00:54:48,720
good for us and we were living very I

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would say despite of everything we were

981
00:54:48,720 –> 00:54:55,650
living in luxury as a questions like we

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used to work hard so we used to have

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everything we wanted people were getting

984
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married were spending two three days in

985
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party they were traveling they were

986
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working hard but after Isis you know

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00:55:07,260 –> 00:55:13,170
because we left with nothing we left

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00:55:10,170 –> 00:55:17,310
with only our clothes so we didn’t have

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people could not restart again there is

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hope that if we go back

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00:55:19,170 –> 00:55:25,109
people are so resilient they can work

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00:55:21,390 –> 00:55:28,100
they can start they can rebuild that

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00:55:25,109 –> 00:55:30,930
town and to be better than it was before

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but they’re gonna need help they cannot

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do it by themselves yes Oh answer the second question unfortunately we don’t were hoping to expand as I said we knew we just started on August 9th of 2014 to respond to the immediate emergency and then as you know the number of refugees in Erbil there are over than 120,000 and as I said there are lots of Yazidis lots of Syrian come to actually we have employees and know that they are Syrian that they are working with us too so we’re hoping we’re hoping to reach out but that’s gonna need points it’s going to need help so as I say we get day by day so hopefully we pray that someday we’re going to reach out to Syria and other places as well where there are critical you know situation and where they need help most when I grew up I grew up with you know I grew up in Baghdad one of our neighbors were Sunni and the other Shia and I was about 14 15 years I’ve never knew who they were they were senior sherry I know they were our neighbors who were Muslim that we left you know and peace with them so I’ve never experienced to be independent as a Christian so we always have the sense of community so I really if there’s a discussion about that I can’t comment on that because I think this is on a higher level than me because all what I do is a humanitarian work I don’t get into things like that I’d rather to become on spiritual and human Tyrian level than to get into other you know thoughts sister how can people here help I’m a bigger I’m st. Dominic’s daughter we do need your help we do need to help people that there’s something to count on we do need your help to help us to rebuild to rebuild for those who can help with security on their side they can’t do this from their angle for those who can help and rebuilding we do need your support as I said every penny counts we are hoping we are preparing projects how to revive the agriculture to create you know opportunities for livelihoods for people therefore they can work and make money and go and rebuild we have so many projects that were hoping our students to continue their schooling so I say as I say whatever your heart says that you can give please listen to your hearts every penny counts and if you can help you know Christmas is coming and always with the Christmas we feel happy in giving so yes there’s a website it’s on the paper which is www.hnro IRA k dot org hnroriraq dot org you can’t go to this website and it will lead you how to donate if I could add with a question that as you say an attorney important but there’s going to be a new administration here in Washington DC to look at the situation of the Christian from a new angle the cradle of Christianity in Iraq is step peering it is just as I said at the beginning from 1 million point five to two hundred what’s next so how can we help helping help the minorities to stay and as I say the Christian because I’m a Christian so to raise the awareness that the cradle of Christianity in Iraq needs help before I ask my question I just want to express my deepest apology as a Muslim Iraqi to attack you thank you please forgive us and what has happened to you is a very hot heart and every Muslim in Iraq and in the person of what should be responsible for this crime I should be ashamed my question to you is you are you’re like is more than we are you worried about before we came up to you and you got might work better than any lackeys are you going back to your villages what assurances are you seeking as mr. pop said from this administration from the international community to protect you and up let this shameful crimes have been active again again please forgive us I would say what happened to Christianity is a genocide it was declared the genocide and my message to the new administration okay it was declared what’s next how you’re going to act with the genocide Christians need to be recognized that all this happened to them it is a genocide and they need to hear it not only with words but also actions they need to see actions.

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