It’s heartbreaking to see how much of the Chaldean and Assyrian Christians’ heritage survived from the age of the Fathers, only to be destroyed in the turmoil of the twentieth century and our current war. PhDiva links to a detailed report of the ancient churches and monasteries of Iraq that have been destroyed in recent years, mostly by the Christians’ countrymen and mostly during the rule of Saddam Hussein. Some of these sites are linked to the lives of saints we’ve covered on this blog — St. James and St. Aphrahat, for example.
In somewhat related news, The Manchester Guardian reported today that Donny George, the president of Iraq’s State Board of Antiquities — and a Christian — has fled for Syria. He cited the country’s dire security situation and increasing pressures from radical Islamist groups.