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3 March 2016
Greg Kandra




Children make up a large part of the Iraqis who have been displaced and now live in Dohuk. To learn more about their plight, read Msgr. John E. Kozar’s impressions of a trip he made to the region last year in the Summer 2015 edition of ONE. (photo: John E. Kozar)



Tags: Iraq Children Iraqi Christians Iraqi

3 March 2016
Greg Kandra




In the video above, a priest with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria expresses his hope that diplomacy can bring peace to the troubled country. (video: Rome Reports)

Syria faces massive blackout (BBC) Syria has suffered a massive power blackout across the country due to “unknown reasons,” state media said. Officials were cited as saying power had been cut in all provinces and teams were trying to determine the cause…

Iraqis seek rights for displaced Christians (Fides) While U.S. military sources confirm that the next objective in the fight against ISIS will be to take back Mosul, a petition has been forwarded by Iraqi Chaldean Raed Yitzhak to Prime Minister Haider al Abadi requesting resources be allotted to persons who fled Mosul and the Plain of Nineveh…

Yazidi refugees returning to Sinjar (The Guardian) Yazidis fled Sinjar in northern Iraq when ISIS attempted to wipe them out in August 2014. Now they are leaving refugee camps and going back to rebuild their lives in the city, which has been recaptured by Kurdish forces…

U.N.: Death toll in Ukraine conflict tops 9,000 (The New York Times) The United Nations said on Thursday that 236 civilians were killed in conflict-related violence in Ukraine in the 12-month period to mid-February, and it estimated that at least 9,160 had died since the conflict started in April 2014…

Blasphemy trials on the rise in Egypt (Al Monitor) Despite calls for reform, lawsuits that infringe on freedom of expression are still being pursued under the concept of hisbah, an Islamic doctrine involving the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice…



Tags: Syria Iraq Egypt Ukraine Yazidi

2 March 2016
Greg Kandra




An altar server waits for the liturgy to begin at Holy Family Chaldean Catholic Mission in Phoenix. To learn more about Chaldeans who have settled in the United States, read Nineveh, U.S.A. in the Winter 2015 edition of the magazine. (photo: Nancy Wiechec)



Tags: Iraq Iraqi Christians United States Migrants Chaldeans

2 March 2016
Greg Kandra




Iraqis inspect the damage at the site of an ISIS bombing near a market in the Sadr City area of northern Baghdad on 28 February 28. (photo: Ahmad al Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

Iraq: U.N. reports more than 400 civilians killed in February (U.N. News Center) Acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq claimed the lives of 670 people, including 410 civilians, in February 2016, the United Nations political mission in that country has reported…

U.S. Captures first ISIS operative in Iraq (CNN) U.S. Special Operations forces have captured their first suspected ISIS operative in Northern Iraq as part of a highly secretive targeting team led by the Army’s elite Delta Force, CNN has learned…

Syria’s drought ‘worst in 900 years’ (The Guardian) War has been the direct driver of the refugee flux and behind that is a complex mix of social and political factors both inside and outside the region. One fiercely studied and debated driver has been a recent dip into a series of severe droughts starting in the late 1990’s. Previous work has prescribed some of the drought — and its impact on the socioeconomic fabric in the Middle East — to climate change. New findings published in the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres put it in even starker context, showing that the drought is likely the worst to affect the region in 900 years…

Spring rains bring some relief to Ethiopia (Reuters) Rain in parts of Ethiopia is bringing some relief to Africa’s second most populous nation, which is in the grip of its worst drought in 50 years. More than one in ten Ethiopians will require food aid this year, prompting the Ethiopian government and United Nations to appeal for $1.4 billion to respond to the emergency. “Overall, the crisis is going to worsen up until August or September,” said John Graham, country director for Save the Children. “We have not seen the worst yet...”

Newly launched TV news channel declares ‘war on war’ in Lebanon (Fides) In the heart of the Middle East region torn apart by bloody conflict, a new satellite TV channel will share news “from the Catholic point of view,” in order to “build bridges of peace” and “work for the common good.” This is the ambitious program adopted by a channel launched yesterday by TV network Noursat-Tele Lumiere, in Dora, a northeastern suburb of Beirut…



Tags: Syria Iraq Ethiopia United Nations Drought

1 March 2016
J.D. Conor Mauro




Students at Ashabhavan tackle a variety of arts and crafts projects. To learn more about how this institution changes the lives of children with special needs, read Kerala’s House of Hope, appearing in the Winter 2015 edition of ONE. (photo: Jose Jacob)



Tags: India Children Disabilities Catholic education

1 March 2016
J.D. Conor Mauro




Migrants find shelter outside the passenger terminal after arriving from the islands at the port of Piraeus in Athens on 1 March. (photo: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

U.N. agency warns of imminent humanitarian crisis in Greece (U.N. News Center) Europe faces an imminent humanitarian crisis, largely of its own making, following a rapid build-up of people in already over-stretched Greece, the United Nations refugee agency warned today…

About 27,000 Syrian refugees stranded near Jordanian border (Al Monitor) Amman is blocking approximately 27,000 Syrian refugees from leaving a Jordanian desert area near the country’s northeast border, an international aid official citing Jordanian border guards told Al Monitor. The number of Syrian refugees in Rukban and Hadalat is significantly higher than the number the Associated Press reported earlier…

Syrian army takes land east of Damascus during fragile truce (Yahoo! News) Syrian armed forces took territory east of Damascus on Monday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, on the third day of a fragile international attempt to halt nearly five years of fighting…

U.S. warns of ‘tsunami wave’ across Iraq if Mosul Dam collapses (AINA) Iraq’s Mosul Dam faces “unprecedented” risk of a “catastrophic failure” that would unleash a wave of water which could flatten cities and kill hundreds of thousands within hours, the United States has said. The American government issued an unusually stark warning of the horrors that face Iraq if the dam gives way, describing a “tsunami-like wave” that would crush nearly a third of the country…

Number of Christians in the Gaza Strip continues to dwindle (Fides) The small Christian presence in Gaza Strip continues to dwindle. In recent months, at least 30 young people decided to leave the land in which they were born to emigrate and funeral services are frequent as elderly community members reach the end of their life on earth, says the Rev. Mario da Silva, parish priest of the Latin Catholic Holy Family Church…

Egypt’s Pope Tawadros II appoints new archbishop of Jerusalem (AllAfrica) Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros II enthroned a new Coptic Orthodox metropolitan archbishop for Jerusalem and the Near East on Sunday. Archbishop Theodor Antonine was ordained in a ceremony attended by the ambassadors of Palestine and Syria, according to a statement posted on Pope Tawadros II’s official website…



Tags: Syria Iraq United Nations Migrants Greece





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