California, USA – Senseless death after senseless death rocks the Chaldean community. From news of loved ones murdered for their religion in Iraq, refugees able to escape the religious persecution are forced into subhuman conditions and feared dead, and in America as the economic toll of the country takes its course, Chaldeans remain especially vulnerable to robbery, mayhem, and murder.
For a culture with strong family relations, the devastation is catastrophic. “Chaldeans value their family relationships,” says Raymond Bahri, a Michigan social worker. “They tend to come from a large family and pull their resources together to survive. The family traditions and get-togethers like birthdays, communions, and graduations are widely celebrated as feasts.”
Perhaps that is why the pain of losing a loved one to a senseless murder over money is so devastating to the Chaldean community. “Something as priceless as the family relationship being ripped apart by murder is shocking,” adds Bahri. “It breaks my heart to learn of the murder.”