Iraqi Christians from Mosul arrive in Jordan

800 women and children are expected to reach the Kingdom

19 August, 11:05

    Ecumenical Mass for persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria Ecumenical Mass for persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria

    (ANSAmed) - AMMAN - More than 200 Iraqi Christians refugees from Mosul, who were driven out of their homes at gun point, arrived in Jordan this week, said Christian community leaders on Tuesday.

    An additional 800 women and children are expected to reach the kingdom in the coming days. A total of 1000 Christians from Mosul and governorate of Neinawa, north Iraq, will be arriving gradually to shelters set up by the Catholic church in Jordan, in coordination with Caritas association, said Wail Suleiman, general manager of Caritas Jordan.

    "The association will provide refugees with their needs, including housing, food, medical care and counseling," he said.

    The refugees will be located in special social centres run by the association in different parts of the kingdom, he added.

    Official sources said most of the refugees would be registered at the UN agency for refugees, UNHCR to claim asylum in a third country.

    Tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians have used Jordan over the past decade as transit point to immigrate to European countries, the US, Canada, Australia and other destinations.

    A total of 200,000 Christians are believed to have fled Mosul in the past weeks after being attacked by Islamist extremist elements, while Iraqi rebel tribes that fought government forces have distanced themselves from these groups. (ANSAmed).

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