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Priest Shocked at Condition for Iraqis Displaced in Erbil

The displaced Iraqis pleaded with the patriarchs to find a solution for them; many asked to either help them leave the country for the West, or to arrange for a safe return to their homes.

The patriarchs tried to encourage them to not be afraid, Father Wakim said. The prelates encouraged the displaced to be patient and to try to stay in Iraq, where Christianity dates back 2,000 years.

Father Wakim said the prelates promised to do everything possible for the displaced Iraqis and to speak for them internationally, wherever they visit, in their name and for their cause.

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