Interview with Father Wahel Tooma, superior general of the Chaldean Catholic monastery of Hormisdas, Alqosh, home to more than 60 families fleeing Qaraqosh, Christian city where the Kurds are trying to stop the advance of jihad.
“The 90 percent of the population of Qaraqosh fled during the fighting between Kurds and terrorists. If the city falls I do not know how can they defend other villages. ” It’s very worried Father Wahel Tooma, superior general of the Chaldean Catholic monastery of Hormisdas, Alqosh, 45 kilometers from Mosul in Kurdistan.The Isil ( Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ) advances to the nearby plain of Nineveh in Iraq and its monastery and the nearby village, which already housed 40 families fled from Mosul , now we have received from other Qaraqosh 60 “but not we have more room. “Qaraqosh, just 28 kilometers from Mosul, was inhabited by 50 000 inhabitants to 90 per cent belonging to the Syrian Catholic Church.
Father Tooma, what is the situation in Qaraqosh?
It’s bad, there are bombings, war rages between terrorists and Kurds, and more than 90 percent of the population fled. They went to Erbil and Alqosh. In the village that belongs to the property of the monastery we now have 100 families. We opened the church of the village to fix them but the situation is dramatic. We did not expect in these days: we’re trying to help them. Sixty families moved between yesterday and today, we opened all the schools and houses for them. Every vacancy we have made available. Unfortunately, no organization has come to bring us aid and we are trying to do what we can for everyone but we have no place to host anyone now. We do not know if all this will end tomorrow, tomorrow, or next month.
How do you feel right now?
I am very concerned about the situation frightens us. If Qaraqosh falls, we do not know how the other villages will be able to resist. We thank the Kurdistan who is struggling to stop these bandits and thank God, but we do not know what will happen tomorrow.
Rumor has it that the terrorists in Mosul have applied the sharia and imposed humiliating tribute to the Christians.
Unfortunately it’s all true. Now the situation is fairly quiet but we do not know what will happen tomorrow, maybe begin to hurt the Christians. A statue of Our Lady was destroyed, they applied an Islamic extremist mentality and although they have not yet begun to fight against the Christians do not know what will happen tomorrow. I wonder why the western states do nothing to put an end to this war in Iraq. Everyone makes only its own interests but no one thinks of these families, these poor people.
How many Christians were in Mosul?
do not know, there is no communication. About 80 percent of Christians escaped, 20 percent at most stayed in town because he has not found a way to escape.I would like to make an appeal.
Find a solution for the poor people, not only for Christians but for all the Iraqi people. The blood flows in the streets, people are afraid, the women arrive crying, the children tremble with fear for the shots and bombs. Until the land of Iraq will have to suffer all this? Where is the human consciousness of the larger countries that have the power to put an end to this tragic situation in the countries where there is an Islamic mentality? Until the Iraqi people will have to pay? We can no longer stand against terrorism, bombs and all that.