“A real genocide is occurring in Iraq that nobody wants to talk about and no international body is dealing with,” said former Iraqi Minister Pascale Warda Tuesday.According to Warda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is determined to “annihilate” the Christian presence and all social and religious minorities that oppose its principles, despite the fact that the Christian community in Iraq dates back to the first century, long before the arrival of Islam.
“In Mosul for the first time in two thousand years the Eucharist is no longer celebrated,” she said. “It is a very dark historical period” for the Chaldeans.
Warda, the former minister of Immigration and Refugees in the Iraqi Interim Government from 2004-2005, was speaking at a press conference organized in Madrid by the foundation “Aid to the Church in Need.”
A Chaldean Catholic and president of the Hammurabi Human Rights Organization, Warda warned Tuesday that as an international movement of terrorism, the Islamic State requires international solutions. She called for “international aid” against the “attempt to annihilate” Christians. “We need international help to fight the Islamic State. It is diabolical. It is an international movement of terrorism and requires real international solutions,” she said.
“The Islamic State wants to destroy Christianity and all minorities,” she said.
Warda is a leading voice against violations of religious liberty in Iraq and, since the emergence of the Islamic State, has documented human rights abuses committed in her country.
“Christians are being slaughtered and have to figure out how to reestablish their existence in a country that belonged to them long before anyone else. It is very difficult, there are few and they are debilitated,” she said.