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Campaign for Iraq's war victims

Dawn Gibson
Saturday, July 26, 2014

PEOPLE all around the country are being encouraged to stand in solidarity with those suffering through injustices and crisis in Iraq following violent attacks there.

Yesterday, The Fiji Times came across an article in Vatican Radio which quoted Archbishop Amel Nona of Mosul saying Christians and all good-willed people globally need to not be afraid to defend the lives of people being killed in conflict, in particular in the Middle East.

Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma's Rev James Bhagwan said although they had not discussed the issue yet, they believed in the importance of supporting those in conflict.

"We have not met to discuss this officially but as a church, we are always in solidarity with those affected by conflict," Mr Bhagwan said.

"As members of the World Council of Churches, Pacific Conference of Churches and Fiji Council of Churches, and part of the Body of Christ in the world and as human beings, we continue to pray for God's Shalom and Salaam, God's peace in the world."

There is a campaign mounting on Twitter to stand with Iraqi Christians under the hashtag #WeAreN, referring to the Arabic letter, or "n", which Islamic State militants have left on some doorways in areas under their control to indicate that the inhabitants are "Nazarene" or Christian, the Vatican Radio reported yesterday.

"We need more than words now, we need concrete actions, we need the solidarity of Christians worldwide, not to be afraid to talk about this tragedy," Archbishop Nona told the news agency.

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