Baghdad Attacks On Christians Prompt Archbishop's Call For Mass Exodus

"(GUARDIAN)
The martyr in their midst was known all around the area. But in case anyone had missed it, a mourning sign had been posted outside Saad Adwar's house in the Baghdad suburb of Kampsar, revealing exactly where he lived.

It said simply that Adwar had been killed ""by the hand of a spiteful and hateful enemy while he prayed to his holy God in Our Lady of Salvation church"" nine days ago.

This morning, the terrorists who had killed 44 of Baghdad's Christians at their place of worship, came hunting them once more – this time in their homes.

They struck 10 times just after 7am in six different places in Baghdad, almost all of them Christian houses.

Mortars damaged two homes in the south. Improvised bombs damaged four in the north of the city and four in the east. A total of four people were killed and 25 injured. Worse was the effect on the city's already traumatised Christian minority, which now seems more fearful than ever – and potentially poised for another mass exodus.

""We are shocked these days about our situation,"" said Raad Yacoub Khuanum as he repaired his kitchen, damaged by a bomb outside his house in the central suburb of al-Sana'a. ""Now I am terrified.""

The family car was a burned-out hulk, destroyed by a bomb that had been placed by men who briefly stepped from a passing car just after dawn. A distinctive Jerusalem cross had hung from the rear vision mirror. No other car in the neighbourhood was damaged.

""The church attack had a psychological effect on us,"" he said. ""Now we know al-Qaida will kill us all.""

Outside Adwar's house, a crowd had gathered to survey the ruins and check on the welfare of his surviving family. His mother, Elin Najeb had been taken to hospital."