The Basra and southern Iraq Chaldean Archbishop Habib Jajou shared the First Annual Conference of Combating Religions Discrimination Project. The Conference was held in Basra on Dec. 18,2015 by Baroness Nicol the Chairman of the AMAR Foundation.
The Archbishop started with Jesus Words: ‘So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you,’ Matt 7:12. He thanked the Foundation for this important humanitarian conference which may add a new value to the religion and social resilience.
‘Iraq is multi-ethnic, religious, but since 2003, Iraqi Christians have faced an atrocious situation. The reason was because the radical Islamic groups. Many times Christians have become an easy prey for illegitimate and dehumanising practices. The incitement to hatred has encouraged some people to push Christians to leave Basra, Nasriya and Emara. After 2003 85% of them fled to the neighbouring countries seeking refuge.’ the Archbishop said. ‘The radicalism spreads the culture of death by refusing to co-exist with others. Also, they strive to achieve a monopoly of power, and the restriction of freedom. Sometimes they have been challenging us through the Islamic legislation which has terrified the Christians and other minorities.’ he added.
According to the Archbishop the crucial problems for the tragedy are the misunderstanding of the true meaning of religion, the instability between the concept of state and of citizenship, the weak role of education and culture, and the negative role of oppression, injustice, discrimination and illiteracy.
He suggested 8 points to face the tragedy: ‘monitoring of incitement and discrimination, work to counter the irrational propaganda, educate the new generation and spread optimistic concepts through social media, call upon policy makers to take legal decisions and decisive actions through their projects, the religious leaders might adopt a moderate religious, reform the education curriculums in schools, and finally, support students who want to continue their education.’