Baghdad, Iraq - Two Assyrian Christian
sisters, 32 year old Janet Sada and her sister Shada,
25 were killed on the way to work in the city of
Working for a British company as
translators it is believed they were targetted by
terrorists. To keep safe they were living in St.
George`s church which gives credence to the belief
held by many that it was clear that they were
Assyrians and Christians.
We cannot allow this to happen all
the time to us` said Amir Oraha, an Assyrian leader in
Baghdad. `We are receiving reports almost daily of
someone in our community being killed, threatened,
their business being burned or destroyed.`
On Thursday the Minister of Defense
along with the Minister of the Interior in a message
specifically directed at the Assyrian Christians said
`The Assyrians are the original people of Iraq. This
is their country. They have all the rights to live
here in peace and safety and we will protect them
equally and to our utmost. We need them with us.`
It was a bit of `good news` for a much
beleagered community trying to steer between the
complex situation in Iraq - on one side delighted to
be free and on the other increasingly worried about
the growing `islamization` of the country which many
fear could be on a path towards another Iran style
Small comfort to many of the Assyrian
Christians contemplating leaving the country -
hundreds have left in recent days streaming across the
borders for an uncertain fate, but anxious to get out.
`My family does not know what to do.
They are all worried - should they stay or should they
leave. Is there a future for us?` commented Odishu
`We are happy to have Sadaam gone, and
we want the Americans to stay here forever to
guarantee that the `thugs` will not take over our
country and take away the freedom we have finally been
able to gain`.
With a looming election and politics
in another country overtaking events on the ground,
the question is not answered.