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tiffanybozic:

This is my latest painting for my next show opening this fall at Joshua Liner Gallery in NYC. If you like this check out more here.

Sanguine 30” x 40” acrylic on maple panel, 2014

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http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2014/08/report-from-iraq-families-throwing-children-from-a-mountain-to-keep-them-from-terrorists/ (via elenatintil)

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"Stranded on a barren mountaintop, thousands of minority Iraqis are faced with a bleak choice: descend and risk slaughter at the hands of the encircled Sunni extremists or sit tight and risk dying of thirst.
Humanitarian agencies said Tuesday that between 10,000 and 40,000 civilians remain trapped on Mount Sinjar since being driven out of surrounding villages and the town of Sinjar two days earlier. But the mountain that had looked like a refuge is becoming a graveyard for their children.
Unable to dig deep into the rocky mountainside, displaced families said they have buried young and elderly victims of the harsh conditions in shallow graves, their bodies covered with stones. Iraqi government planes attempted to airdrop bottled water to the mountain on Monday night but reached few of those marooned.
“There are children dying on the mountain, on the roads,” said Marzio Babille, the Iraq representative for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). “There is no water, there is no vegetation, they are completely cut off and surrounded by Islamic State. It’s a disaster, a total disaster.”
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elenaflutterby:

At the end of the month, I am going to cut my hair short in order to raise money for Children of Peace, which is a charity working with children in the Middle East, aiming to form relationships between Israeli and Palestinian children with the hopes that they in turn will work to establish…

All 45 Christian Institutions in Mosul Destroyed or Occupied By ISIS

theorthodoxbritreturns:

Since taking over Mosul on June 10, ISIS has destroyed, occupied, converted to mosques, converted to ISIS headquarters or shuttered all 45 Christian institutions in Mosul.

The following is the complete list of the Christian institutions in Mosul, grouped by denomination.

Syriac Catholic Church:

Syrian Catholic Diocese – Maidan Neighborhood, Mosul
The Old Church of the Immaculate – Maidan Neighborhood, Mosul (The church goes back to the eighth century AD)
The New Church of the Immaculate – Maidan Neighborhood
Church of Mar (Saint) Toma – Khazraj Neighborhood
Museum of Mar (Saint) Toma – Khazraj Neighborhood
Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation – Muhandiseen Neighborhood
Church of the Virgin of Fatima – Faisaliah Neighborhood
Our Lady of Deliverance Chapel – Shifaa Neighborhood
The House of the Young Sisters of Jesus – Ras Al-Kour Neighborhood
Archbishop’s Palace Chapel – Dawasa Neighborhood

Syriac Orthodox Church:

Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese – Shurta Neighborhood
The Antiquarian Church of Saint Ahodeeni – Bab AlJadeed Neighborhood
Mar (Saint) Toma Church and cemetery, (the old Bishopric) – Khazraj Neighborhood
Church of The Immaculate (Castle) – Maidan Neighborhood
Church of The Immaculate – Shifaa Neighborhood
Mar (Saint) Aprim Church – Shurta Neighborhood
St. Joseph Church – The New Mosul Neighborhood

Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East:

Diocese of the Assyrian Church of the East – Noor Neighborhood
Assyrian Church of the East, Dawasa Neighborhood
Church of the Virgin Mary (old rite) – Wihda Neighborhood

Chaldean Church of Babylon:

Chaldean Diocese – Shurta Neighborhood
Miskinta Church – Mayassa Neighborhood
The Antiquarian Church of Shimon alSafa – Mayassa Neighborhood
Church of Mar (Saint) Buthyoon – Shahar AlSouq Neighborhood
Church of St. Ephrem, Wady AlAin Neighborhood
Church of St. Paul – Majmooaa AlThaqafiya District
The Old Church of the Immaculate (with the bombed archdiocese)- Shifaa Neighborhood
Church of the Holy Spirit – Bakir Neighborhood
Church of the Virgin Mary – Drakziliya Neighborhood
Ancient Church of Saint Isaiah and Cemetery – Ras AlKour Neighborhood
Mother of Aid Church – Dawasa Neighborhood
The Antiquarian Church of St. George- Khazraj Neighborhood
St. George Monastery with Cemetery – Arab Neighborhood
Monastery of AlNasir (Victory) – Arab Neighborhood
Convent of the Chaldean Nuns – Mayassa Neighborhood
Monastery of St. Michael – Hawi Church Neighborhood
The Antiquarian Monastery of St. Elijah – Ghazlany Neighborhood

Armenian Orthodox Church:

Armenian Church – Maidan Neighborhood
The New Armenian Church – Wihda Neighborhood

Evangelical Presbyterian Church:

Evangelical Presbyterian Church – Mayassa Neighborhood

Latin Church:

Latin Church and Monastery of the Dominican Fathers and Convent of Katrina Siena Nuns – Sa’a Neighborhood
Convent of the Dominican Sisters, – Mosul AlJadeed Neighborhood
Convent of the Dominican Sisters (AlKilma Monastery) – Majmooaa AlThaqafiya District
House of Qasada AlRasouliya (Apostolic Aim) (Institute of St. John the Beloved)

Cemeteries:

Christian Cemetery in the Ekab Valley which contains a small chapel.

Save the Christians of Mosul - London Demonstration

theorthodoxbritreturns:

Dear all,

The Churches in the UK have come together to protest, and save the Christians in Mosul after they have been forced to flee to neighbouring cities in Iraq.

The ISIS demanded that the christians must either:

1- CONVERT TO ISLAM
2- PAY TAX
3- LEAVE IMMEDIATELY
4- FACE DEATH

24 Hours was the notice Christians were given by the ISIS to flee their homes. At the check points they were stripped away of any valuables, only thing left they had was their clothes and faith- not their dignity. They were made to leave behind their homes awaiting destruction. Their homes was marked with an N in arabic representing Nasara so that they can be shamed.
Orphans were kidnapped, Women were raped, Churches that are 1800 years old were burned. What has humanity come to?

Iraq was home to an estimated one million Christians before the 2003 US- led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. Since then, militants have frequently targeted Christians across the country, bombing their churches and killing clergymen. Under such pressures, many Christians have left the country. Church officials now put the community 450,000.

In Mosul around 10,000 people fled clambered into cars- children, parents, grandparents- the headed for the largely autonomous kurdish region of Northern Iraq or other area protected by the Kurdish security forces. Their departure marks the latest and perhaps final exodus of Christians from the city, emptying out communities that date back to the first centuries of Christianity including Chaldean, Assyrian and Armenian Churches.

We would like to create awareness to the exodus of Mosul that happened on 19th July 2014.
There will be a demonstration held from 11:30am on 26th July at the Houses of Parliament, Westminste, London.

THE MORE VOICES THE MORE HELP.

HELP STOP THE GENOCIDE. DONT LET HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF. ACT AND SAVE THEIR LIVES. THEY ARE COUNTING ON YOU.

Please feel free to share this event and invite as many people as possible.”

http://theorthodoxbritreturns.tumblr.com/post/92519021060/i-really-wish-the-people-would-stop-equating

theorthodoxbritreturns:

I really wish the people would stop equating Iraqi, Assyrian and Syriac Christians with western Christians and blaming them for the crusades, US Foreign policy and other acts of western powers.
These communities had nothing to do with these things and have been just as negatively influenced by…

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the-militant-catholic:

lasha-sakheladze:

Churches destroyed in Syria

Lord have mercy…

Everyone, please, pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters!

"There used to be widespread sharing of sacred space. I have seen Syrian Christians coming to sacrifice sheep at the Muslim shrine of Nebi Uri, while at the nearby Christian convent of Seidnaya, I found the congregation in the church consisted not principally of Christians but instead of heavily bearded Muslim men and their shrouded wives. As the priest circled the altar with his thurible, the men prayed as if in the middle of Friday prayers at a great mosque. Their women, some dressed in full black chador, mouthed prayers from the shadows of the narthex. A few, closely watching the Christian women, went up to the icons and kissed them. They had come, so they told me, to Our Lady of Seidnaya, to ask her for children. Now that precious multi-ethnic and multi-religious patchwork is in danger of being destroyed forever."
— William Dalrymple, A Point of View: A long winter for Christians in the Middle East

Iraqi Christians are raped, murdered and driven from their homes – and the West is silent – Telegraph Blogs

"For the first time in 1,600 years, Mass is not being said in Mosul: an ancient culture has been wiped out in a matter of weeks. It’s a war crime that, strangely, no one seems to want to talk about. Mosul is the second-largest city in Iraq and the place where many Christians believe Jonah […]"