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(from ONE magazine July 2008)

Iraq’s Tragedy
Posted: 04 Aug 2008

“We’re not refugees. We’re here for a while and we’re going back to build our country, ” said Sister Diana, an Iraqi Dominican Sister of St. Catherine of Siena now living in Michigan. “Our country is suffering … our main concern is how to help [it] come to a new birth. ”

A native of a small town in northern Iraq, Sister Diana shared her experiences with CNEWA staff and members of the press in New York on 19 May. As an eyewitness to tremendous violence, destruction and suffering, she expressed her deep concern not only for the future of Iraq’s Christians, but all Iraqis.

“The future of our children is in danger, ” she said. “It’s a tragedy when kids grow up seeing car bombs and bodies in the street. This is not normal. It’s like a fiction movie. ”

The Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena are drawn from Iraq’s Catholic and Orthodox churches. The sisters administer parish catechetical programs, staff an orphanage and kindergarten in Mosul, direct Al Hayat Maternity Hospital in Baghdad and, in partnership with CNEWA, run a pre- and neonatal clinic for refugees in Zerqa, Jordan.

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