The local and regional authorities have been of little help to the displaced, Sister Diana said in her testimony, calling their reaction to the crisis “at best modest and slow.” The Kurdish government allowed Christian refugees to enter its borders but did not offer any more significant aid.Share
The Church in Kurdistan has been a big help to Christians, though, providing food, shelter, and other support, she noted.
Ultimately, the displaced want to return home and not to be re-settled elsewhere, witnesses at the hearing insisted.
“There are many who say 'Why don't the Christians just leave Iraq and move to another country and be done with it?'“ Sister Diana stated in her testimony. “Why should we leave our country? What have we done?”
“The Christians of Iraq are the first people of the land,” she said. “While our ancestors experienced all kinds of persecution, they stayed in their land, building a culture that has served humanity for the ages.”
“We want nothing more than to go back to our lives; we want nothing more than to go home.” (Read more.)