Are ‘most vulnerable’ refugees victims of political correctness?

October 6, 2015

Patrick Sookhdeo

RESCUE MISSION: Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, international founder of the Barnabas Fund, has urged the UK Government to speak to their organisation and seek out the Christians beyond the refugee camps, as they can’t be found there due to fears of being attacked by radical Muslim migrants.

Iraqi Christians near Mosul

CULTURAL CLASH: Syrian and Iraq Christians have had to be removed from migrant shelters which they have had to share with Muslims.  Picture courtesy of Crisis Magazine.


THERE continues to be a disturbing lack of coverage when it comes to media resources and time given to the needs of Chaldean and Assyrian Christians in the Middle East refugee crisis.

They – along with Sufi and Druze Muslims, Hazidis and Kurds – are amongst the most vulnerable communities that are being targeted by Daesh yet many countries seem to be completely ignorant or indifferent to what is actually going on.

The Druze differs from mainstream Islam in that they believe in reincarnation, monogamy and free will to transmit inheritance but they don’t believe in a finite heaven or hell. They number up to 600,000 in Syria and are considered “infidels” by Daesh.

A number of men and boys were massacred by Daesh near the siege on Mount Sinjar in Iraq and the women were taken as concubines and sex slaves.

The jihadists have also targeted the followers of Sufi Islam, who pursue a mystical form of the faith which seeks to find knowledge and love through direct personal experience of God. In eastern Syria, shrines and mosques dedicated to this branch of Islam have been destroyed

The politically-correct narrative through this refugee crisis has been that the “most vulnerable” refugees should be protected at all costs so who are they and what is being done to help them? For that matter where are the UN Resolutions and where is the universal outcry?

To the credit of The Sunday Express, they are highlighting the barbarity of Daesh and have published pictures of Christians who have been crucified and are too explicit to be put on this blog, to shock many in the West out of their complacency.

Poland has been assisting the Barnabas Fund by giving 258 Syrian Christians a home after the charity has been carrying out daring rescue missions to bring them out of the current hellhole they are living in and they have been seeking countries where are deemed to be safer for them.

The Barnabas Fund says most of its funds are directed to helping Christians who live in Muslim-majority countries or environments and money is channelled through churches or Christian organisations.

The UK Government has made it clear that it will take 20,000 refugees from the camps in Lebanon and Jordan yet they will hardly be able to find any Christians or Hazidis there as to volunteer your identity in camps such as those puts them at risk of attack by various Islamist groups.

They have been asked to take Christians amongst the 20,000 refugees they are planning to take but won’t give a clear reply as they don’t want to be seen to be discriminating in favour of one faith over another. Perhaps they should co-operate with the Barnabas Fund.

In an article published on-line, international founder Dr Patrick Sookhdeo says: “We have been alerting governments and the West to this for months. Christians escaping Daesh (IS) jihadists in Iraq and Syria seldom go to the refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon because they are marginalised, abused and in serious risk of violence in these Muslim-majority shelters.

“Vulnerable Christians are being overlooked in rescue programmes that take in only those in the camps to safety.

“Fully aware of the victimisation that awaits them in refugee camps, Iraqi and Syrian Christians are taking shelter in schools, churches, apartments and with relatives where possible.

“When it comes to other countries they all say that European legislation means you can’t discriminate between one religious community and another but we say surely the most vulnerable are the ones you have got to be taking in.

“By all means take the most vulnerable people but don’t just take them from the camps because you are only going to get one kind of people.”

Dr Sookhdeo spoke of a case in Sweden – a pluralistic society – where Muslim and Christian Syrians were put together in a shelter and the Christians were forced to leave the house after they were told by the Muslims not to use the communal areas or wear their crosses.

He added: “We urge the UK government to recognise the extreme vulnerability of displaced Christians from Syria and Iraq. To rescue them, they must make look beyond the refugee camps and to find the Christians where they are.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the work of the Barnabas Fund, can do so here.


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