Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mosul, Northern Iraq: Muslims express solidarity with Christian victims

NEWS TO WATCH -- some good news shines amidst the horror of war

Muslim Students Stage Sit-In To Support Christians At Iraqi University
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 7 May 2010 (excerpts)

MOSUL, Iraq -- Lecturers and Muslim students at northern Iraq's Mosul University staged a sit-in today to protest deadly attacks against Christian students, RFE/RL's Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports.

A student activist who requested anonymity told RFI that the action is in support of Christian students who have been the victims of bomb attacks and murder. He said the sit-in will end only when measures are taken to ensure the safety of Christians, in particular, and the student body as a whole. . .

Christian students stopped attending classes at Mosul University after that attack in fear for their safety. The Muslim students staging today's sit-in have said they will return to class only when their Christian counterparts do.

Student Sami Karim told RFI that the protesters are especially indignant that their fellow students have become targets simply because they are Christian.

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Background

On 2 May, Christian university students in Mosul were the targets of a horrific terror attack. At least 50 Iraqi Christian students are receiving hospital treatment, with the most severely wounded being transferred to hospitals in Turkey. The attack has forced some 1,000 students to drop classes for the rest of the semester.

See: Bomb Attack in Iraq Seriously Injures Christian Students
Compass Direct News, 5 May 2010

IRAQ: Does anyone care about the latest bomb blast in Mosul?
By John Pontifex, Aid to the Church in Need, 5 May 2010

Christians protest after north Iraq bomb attack
(AFP) – May 3, 2010


For more information the 2 May attack and on the insufferable plight and bleak future of Iraq's indigenous Assyrian-Chaldean Christians, see my post of 5 May 2010.