Special Eyewitness Briefing: Restoring Hope In Iraq For Persecuted Christians And Other Religious Minorities

Special Eyewitness Briefing: Restoring Hope In Iraq For Persecuted Christians And Other Religious Minorities

 from 12:30 am to 1:45 am
Westminster Institute
6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101, USA (map)

Former Congressman Frank Wolf will introduce Sister Diana Momeka for a Special Eyewitness Briefing on ISIS

Eyewitness Dominican Sister Diana Momeka, during a hearing before Congress in 2015, testified: "Uprooted and forcefully displaced, we have realized that ISIS's plan is to evacuate the land of Christians and wipe the earth clean of any evidence that we ever existed." Sr. Diana's own convent was destroyed by ISIS. She founded and runs the Humanitarian Nineveh Relief Organization in Iraqi Kurdistan where she provides crucial health services and humanitarian aid to thousands of displaced families in and around Erbil. Today, many of the ancient villages have been liberated from ISIS, but the majority of homes, churches, building and infrastructure have been damaged or destroyed. As ISIS retreats, their goal is to restore hope for those who have survived.
Sister Diana will share personal stories of ISIS' campaign of genocidal acts throughout their homeland. They will speak about the future of Christianity and other religious minorities in Iraq, the current humanitarian crisis and what the urgent needs are to support the population. Sr. Diana was displaced from her hometown Qaraqosh, where she had taught English since 2013, by ISIS on August 6th, 2014. She has also taught at St. Ephrem Seminary in Qaraqush and the Baghdad Academy for Human Science. She received a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

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