"Along with the university, Maryamana is a crucial and pivotal project that aims to keep Christians in Erbil and on the Nineveh Plains. Both institutions demonstrate that Christians matter and that they are an integral part of Iraqi society."
Calling the move “deeply unjust,” the letter states: “To deprive the Church of these… institutions is to undermine its very existence, and to expose its workers, men and women religious and lay people to persecution.”
"Later that fateful day, despite security precautions, four suicide bombers infiltrated El-Kaa around 10PMM and blew themselves up near St. Elias Church, where people were gathered. There were no casualties, but more than 20 people were wounded."
Projects providing means of pastoral transportation took up 6.8 percent of the budget in the form of 907 means of transportation funded – 370 cars, 189 motorcycles, 342 bicycles, two trucks, two mini buses and two boats.