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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Bad News From Iraq

A letter from Sr Donna Markham, O.P., Prioress of the Adrian Dominicans:
Dear Sisters,

This evening I have received very tragic news about the situation in Iraq. I have just returned from being with the 5 Iraqi sisters who are with us in Adrian. Today, all the Christians have fled from Mosul.

There have been murders and rapes of Christians there and for now they are fleeing to the Christian villages. Sister Maria is very frightened about the safety of the sisters and the Christian people. As of now, the five elderly sisters who have been holding down the Motherhouse are choosing to remain there because they do not want to lose their Motherhouse to the terrorists. She said most Christians are making plans to evacuate from Iraq and, as a consequence, she does not know what will happen with her Congregation. She said they will follow the Christian people where they go, but where that will be is uncertain. The sisters' families remain in grave danger and, as you can imagine, the young ones with us and with Springfield are terrified. As of now, nothing is being reported in the US press. She asks if any of us know people in Washington whom we could contact and tell the story, to please do so. Most importantly, she asks for our prayers.

Love, Sr. Donna
Via Fr. Philip.

This, of course, is on top of other bad news.

But, hey, at least "the United States will continue to work closely with the Iraqi people as we expand our broad-based partnership based on mutual interest and mutual respect." So they've got that going for them.

UPDATE: This letter from Sr. Donna was written on February 25. I have no more recent news of the Sisters in Mosul.