“Baghdad ha perduto la sua bellezza e non ne è rimasto che il nome.
Rispetto a ciò che essa era un tempo, prima che gli eventi la colpissero e gli occhi delle calamità si rivolgessero a lei, essa non è più che una traccia annullata, o una sembianza di emergente fantasma”
Christian refugees fleeing persecution in the Middle East face
“discrimination” by the British government as only a small number are
accepted under the UK’s flagship resettlement scheme, a member of the
House of Lords says.
Carey of Clifton, a former Archbishop of Canterbury, said that although
Christians accounted for 10 percent of Syria’s population before the
civil war erupted in 2011, they made up less than 1 percent of Syrian
refugees who moved to the UK under the Vulnerable Persons Scheme in the
third quarter of last year.
He claims there are “politically correct” politicians who are “institutionally biased” towards Christian refugees.
the run-up to Easter, British taxpayers will be appalled by this
institutional bias against Christians by politically correct officials,” Carey said, according to the Telegraph.
peer also sought legal advice on the case from a barrister, who said
the underrepresentation of Syrian Christians among those resettled in
the UK means they are facing “indirect discrimination” under EU human rights law.
“In this the British government is not just breaking its
manifesto pledge to look after Christian refugees, it also appears to be
breaking the law,” Carey remarked.
One Iraqi Christian,
Sarmad Ozan, who was deacon of his church in Mosul before the city was
seized by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in 2014, spoke to RT last year about his fight for asylum in the UK.
IS gave Christians in the northern Iraqi city an ultimatum: convert to Islam, pay the jizya religious tax on non-Muslims or die.
Ozan, whose family fled to the Kurdish-held city of Erbil, claims if the UK government returns him to Iraq it means it wants to “kill” him.
still appealing because it’s impossible to go back to a place with
nothing. Our house is taken by ISIS. Everything taken by ISIS,” he told RT.
“Even our neighbors are now supporting ISIS. So how can I go to a
place where they are all supporting ISIS? It’s like someone going back
“That means if they want to send me back, they want to kill me.
“The situation there is unsafe and unstable.
the Home Office admit that it is unstable inside Iraq and don’t advise
anyone to travel to Iraq, but they want us to go back.”
Iraqi Christian who fled ISIS ‘slow-motion genocide’ fights deportation
When Islamic State seized Mosul in summer 2014, the Iraqi city’s Syrian
Orthodox Christians were forced into exile. Two years on, one of their
number Sarmad Ozan faces deportation from Britain if his asylum bid