Iraqi bishop: Dignity takes longer to rebuild than structures – UCA News

When fighters from the Islamic State (IS) group overran huge swaths of Iraq seven years ago, they laid waste to an untold number of buildings and religious sites. Those need to be built again, acknowledged Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. But beyond infrastructure needs, what needs to be rebuilt is the dignity of those who suffered under IS. “Sustained persecution against a group, if not stopped, eventually takes from them their physical properties, their livelihoods, their security and, in the end, their dignity as human beings,” Archbishop Warda said in his July 14 address at the International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington.

Iraqi bishop: Dignity takes longer to rebuild than structures – UCA News

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