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Chaldean Christmas Party for Refugees Offers Hope and Peace
By Sam Yousif :: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 :: 47504 Views :: Article Rating :: Community & Culture, Chaldean Churches

Michigan, USA - The Chaldean Catholic Diocese of the United States of America held a Christmas party for Chaldeans in Michigan.  For many, this was their first Christmas celebration in safety since the war began. 

More than 1,200 guests gathered in the prestigious Bella Hall on Sunday.  All hoping to bring peace to so many who still worry about their loved ones caught in the turmoil and persecution of Iraqi Christians.  Others silently cried as they reflected on the situations of their loved ones trapped in foreign countries as refugees. 

One refugee family who arrived to America was Bushra Alawerdi, her husband and four children.  Alawerdi  tells reporters that in her area in Baghdad, they invaded homes, threatened their lives, and stole property.   "We had no choice but to leave. And, no, I would not like to return,” she says.  Bravely Alawerdi shares through an interpreter, “The language is tough for us here. We are still looking for jobs. The money is short. But, for sure, I am more happy, this year, than last year."

Chaldeans frustrated with western countries who have turned a blind eye to the onslaught and persecution the people faced since the war.  Ignoring their plight, the Christians became targets by fanatical Muslims to raise money for terrorist acts.   Nearly a million fled the country creating a human crisis in countries like Syria and Jordon.  Long delays in processing the refugee status of the Chaldeans worsened their plight, as they languished, waiting to join family and relatives scattered throughout the world.

The frustration is also expressed by political leaders in America who continue to push the Bush Administration to act.  Rep. Frank Wolf, Republican from Virginia said Tuesday at an event sponsored by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom that the Bush administration has “turned a blind eye” to the plight of Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq,.
Wolf blamed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and even Christian churches in the United States for not coming to the aid of people in Iraq who are fleeing the country by the thousands to avoid torture and even death because of their allegiance to non-Muslim faiths.
“We are spending billions of dollars and have shed the blood of some of this country’s finest, and the U.S. government has not done a darn thing to protect the freedom and safety – forget freedom – the safety of Christians in Iraq,” Wolf said. “Secretary Rice has failed when it comes to this point.

Republicans in both the House and Senate have continually attacked Bush for his mishandling of the war and his cabinet’s lack of protection for minorities in Iraq.   “The lack of effective government action to protect these communities from abuses has established Iraq among the most dangerous places on earth for religious minorities,” said Felice D. Gaer, chairwoman of the commission.
Aside from a panel of seven of the nine commissioners, several other lawmakers weighed in on the commission’s report and recommendations at the press conference.
“In the last three months alone it is estimated that about half of the 20,000 Christians in the largely Kurdish city of Mosul have fled that city,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland said in a prepared statement. “Since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, over one-third of the Christian population of Iraq, a community of some 800,000, have left the country.”
Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, co-chairmen of the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, the lawmakers said, “The Iraqi government has a moral obligation to protect the rights of all minority communities by implementing concrete solutions to ensure their safety.”

Cardin and other lawmakers added, “The United States must take the lead and provide a ‘humanitarian surge’ in responding to this crisis.”

However, the rhetoric has done little to help the struggling Chaldean families orphaned in the desert. 

Little is being done to help minorities in Iraq and barriers from the Iraqi government keep religious groups for helping refugees. 

With very limited resources and little if any political clout, Chaldean groups have been active in helping Iraqi miniorities.  Groups have formed to help adopt refugee families left in the desert and the Chaldean church in America continues to pound the drums and rally their parishioners to help.

Bishop Ibrahim Ibrahim, leader of the Chaldean Catholic diocese decided to organize the large Christmas Party.  "The decision to make a Christmas dinner for the refugees and the new arrivals in the United States is to show them that there are brothers and sisters who love them here, and they will try to make them happy in every way that is possible," he says.  "We want them to feel that they are not abandoned by others," Ibrahim added. "We want them to feel that there are people behind them who are thinking of them, and who love them."

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Data to be presented tomorrow at the 16th Annual Meeting of the European Hematology Association (EHA) in London, UK, show that Micromet's blinatumomab produced a high complete remission rate in adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who had relapsed following treatment with standard therapy.1 Blinatumomab is the most advanced of a new class of agents called BiTE® antibodies, designed to harness the body's T cells to kill cancer cells...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:00:00 -0500

The current E. coli outbreak probably originated in vegetable sprouts from an organic farm in northern Germany, spokespeople from the Robert Koch Institute, the Institute of Risk Management and the Ministry of Consumer Protection in Germany announced today. The outbreak has so far caused the death of 30 people and made over 3,000 ill. Rash comments and rumors by German officials have been blamed for farmers' billions of Euros in lost income and produce. This E. coli outbreak has spread to 13 different countries...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:00:00 -0500

Moberg Derma AB (publ.) (STO:MOB) today announced that CE mark has been granted for Kaprolac Skin Repair & Hydration, a product designed to treat atopic eczema and dry skin. This CE mark provides authorization to market and sell the product in the EU/EEA. Kaprolac Skin Repair & Hydration is a new, steroid-free treatment option for eczema and dry skin, such as atopic eczema...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:00:00 -0500

Forest Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: FRX) announced today that Daliresp™ (roflumilast) will be available in pharmacies throughout the United States by mid-June. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Daliresp as a treatment to reduce the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations in patients with severe COPD associated with chronic bronchitis and a history of exacerbations. Daliresp is the first and only selective phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE4) inhibitor approved and is an oral tablet taken once daily...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:00:00 -0500

Nycomed's licensing partner Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Sunovion) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted the filing of the New Drug Application (NDA) submitted for ciclesonide nasal aerosol in a hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) formulation. The proposed dosing for ciclesonide HFA nasal aerosol is 74 mcg once-daily (37 mcg per spray; one-spray per nostril) and the proposed indication is for the treatment of symptoms of Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis (SAR) and Perennial Allergic Rhinitis (PAR), in adults and adolescents age 12 and older...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:00:00 -0500

Every picture tells a story - but if it's a thoracic radiograph that you are looking at, you may find that the narrative is muddled and difficult to follow. So that is why Panagiotis 'Pete' Mantis, senior lecturer in diagnostic imaging at the Royal Veterinary College near Potters Bar, is giving a presentation on interpreting chest X-rays of small animal patients for colleagues in first opinion practice at this year's BVA Congress as part of the BSAVA sessions...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:00:00 -0500

Built-in obsolescence is a problem usually associated with consumer products - but it is also a feature of a veterinary qualification. It is why practitioners need to keep on doing their postgraduate training (or Continuing Professional Development) - so that they can find out which facts they learned as gospel truth at vet school turns out to be completely wrong. Liver disease is one area where knowledge has advanced at a particularly rapid rate and has overturned many of the old certainties about the diagnosis and management of the condition...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:00:00 -0500

A report recommending that parents consider purchasing an SUV for their teen drivers, based on findings that electronic control systems now minimize rollovers, is incomplete and potentially misleading because the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety completely overlooked another important existing vehicle safety system which is far more important because it would slash deaths and injuries in high-speed crashes - which are much more common than rollovers for teen drivers...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:00:00 -0500

A new survey has delivered a damning indictment of the Prime Minister's revised NHS plans. GPs and primary healthcare professionals attending the Health Commissioning conference at Olympia on Wednesday, 15th and Thursday, 16th June have raised serious and urgent concerns with the government's approach to healthcare reforms, and with the Prime Minister's personal commitments...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:00:00 -0500

Leukaemia "stem cells" can lie dormant in the body for a decade or more after a child achieves remission before being reactivated and causing a relapse, a new study shows. Senior author Professor Mel Greaves from The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) cautioned that the findings should not unduly concern parents whose children have previously suffered acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) as the leukaemia returning after very many years of remission is rare...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:00:00 -0500

A record 50 GAVI eligible countries have applied for vaccine funding from the GAVI Alliance during the organisation's latest application round, reported GAVI officials today. The number of countries is nearly double the previous record in 2007 when 27 countries requested support to introduce new or underused vaccines. The increased demand highlights how developing countries are increasingly prepared to expand routine immunisation programmes and introduce new vaccines to save the lives of children and protect against illness and disability...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:00:00 -0500

The largest clinical program to date in patients with a potentially life-threatening blood cancer known as myelofibrosis (MF) has shown that a new therapeutic candidate, ruxolitinib, provided clinical benefits to patients compared to placebo and best available therapy. These benefits included reduction in spleen size and relief of debilitating symptoms. MF is the most serious of the myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). This result will be presented by Dr Srdan Verstovsek at the 16th Congress of EHA in London...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:00:00 -0500

During the annual meeting of the European Hematology Association (EHA) professor E. Tiacci from the Institute of Hematology in Perugia, Italy will present groundbreaking news on the cause of a specific, rare subtype of leukemia, so-called hairy cell leukemia. "With modern genetic technology we have discovered that in 46 out of 46 patients with hairy cell leukemia one specific gene in the DNA in the cell nucleus (BRAF gene) has undergone an irreversible change (called a "mutation")...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:00:00 -0500

A new study has indicated the possible advantages of stem cell transplantation for patients with Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of plasma cells. Dr Antonio Palumbo: "This study shows a longer progression-free survival time with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in comparison to conventional chemotherapy." The outcome of this study is presented at the 16th Congress of the European Hematology Association in London. Multiple myeloma is the second most common hematologic malignancy, with a higher incidence in patients over 65 years...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 14:00:00 -0500

Although finasteride and dutasteride lower overall risk of developing prostate cancer, they raise the chances of developing high-grade prostate cancer, a more serious form of the disease, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has announced. The Agency adds that the risk is low; but doctors need to be aware of this. The FDA announced that all 5-alpha reductase inhibitor (5-ARI) medications will now have new safety information about the risk of developing high-grade prostate in their labeling, in the Warnings and Precautions section...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 14:00:00 -0500

After eight years of work, researchers have unearthed what has been a well-kept secret of our immune system's success. The findings published online on June 9th in Immunity, a Cell Press publication, offer an explanation for how specialized immune cells are able to kill infected or cancerous cells without killing themselves in the process. The focus of the study is a molecule known as perforin, whose job it is to open up a pore in cells targeted for destruction. With that pore in place, proteases known as granzymes can enter target cells and destroy them...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 13:00:00 -0500

After a study showed a slight increased risk of developing bladder cancer among patients taking Actos (pioglitazone) and Competact (metformin with pioglitazone), French regulators announced that they have suspended the use of Actos and Competact, both diabetes medications. German regulators followed suit, and have informed Takeda, the maker of the two drugs, that they are doing the same...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:00:00 -0500

Systems Made Simple, Inc. (SMS), a leading provider of IT systems and services to support critical architecture, data and application challenges in the healthcare industry, announced it is part of a team that was awarded a contract under the Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). SMS, under a Contractor Teaming Arrangement with Technatomy Corporation, will be assisting the VA in completing task orders under the VA's Enhance the Veteran Experience and Access to Healthcare (EVEAH) initiative...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:00:00 -0500

Respira Therapeutics, a product development company focused on inhaled therapeutics to improve patients' lives, introduces the company's Dry Powder Inhaler (DPI) as a breakthrough solution for the pharmaceutical industry. Based on proprietary drug engine technology (DET), Respira Therapeutics' DPI significantly improves therapeutic performance and enables addressing the unmet medical needs of patients with severe respiratory diseases...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:00:00 -0500

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and Selecta Biosciences, Inc. announced today that they have established a research collaboration to support Selecta's development of a vaccine technology, which may subsequently help to better treat and potentially prevent type 1 diabetes. Through the research partnership, JDRF will provide milestone-based financial support and expertise, with the goal of applying Selecta's vaccine technology toward the development of vaccines for type 1 diabetes...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:00:00 -0500

The novel cardiac biomarker ST2 was highlighted in a presentation at last month's 2011 Heart Failure Congress of the European Society of Cardiology in Gothenburg, Sweden. As this study and others have demonstrated, a patient's ST2 level can help a physician better predict prognosis in ambulatory, chronic heart failure patients, which can allow physicians to more appropriately tailor care. "We concluded that measurement of ST2 may help us determine which patients are at highest risk," reports Dr...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:00:00 -0500

MDxHealth SA (NYSE Euronext: MDXH), a leading molecular diagnostics company in the field of personalized medicine, announced today that it will extend its agreement with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, for use of MDxHealth's MGMT assay in Merck KGaA's brain cancer clinical trials. Financial terms of the agreement are not disclosed. Merck KGaA's is currently investigating its integrin inhibitor cilengitide in a Phase III trial (CENTRIC) in newly diagnosed patients with glioblastoma with a methylated promoter of the methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) gene in the tumor tissue...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:00:00 -0500

SANUWAVE Health, Inc. (OTC/BB: SNWV), an emerging medical technology company focused on the development and commercialization of non-invasive, biological response activating devices in regenerative medicine, today reported the results of published preclinical osteoarthritis research conducted in Taiwan utilizing extracorporeal shock wave technology (ESWT) to prevent and repair osteoarthritis damage. The study, entitled "Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy Shows Chondroprotective Effects in Osteoarthritic Rat Knee," by Wang, C.J. et al...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:00:00 -0500

Neoprobe Corporation (NYSE Amex: NEOP), a diversified developer of innovative oncology surgical and diagnostic products, today announced that full results from the NEO3-05 study, demonstrating Lymphoseek® (99mTc-tilmanocept) met all primary and secondary endpoints in intraoperative lymphatic mapping (ILM) procedures. These results were featured yesterday at the Society for Nuclear Medicine (SNM) Annual Meeting in San Antonio. Recognition of these results by SNM follows closely the presentation and discussion at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Meeting in Chicago on June 6...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:00:00 -0500

ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd. ("ImmunoCellular" or the "Company") (OTCBB: IMUC), a biotechnology company focused on the development of novel immune-based cancer therapies, today announced the expansion of sites for its Phase II clinical trial of ICT-107. ICT-107 is the Company's dendritic cell based cancer vaccine candidate targeting multiple tumor antigens for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). The Company had initially planned to conduct the study, which is now underway, at up to 15 clinical centers, but has increased the number of anticipated sites to 20 or more...

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 16:52:32 -0500

A joint US-Argentina satellite to map the saltiness of seawater is launched from California.

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:34:16 -0500

Parts of the East of England are now in a state of drought, with areas elsewhere also at imminent risk, the government says.

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:14:24 -0500

Researchers at the universities of Oxford and Vienna film birds complete problem-solving tasks.

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 14:04:21 -0500

Cross-checks on data that hinted at the discovery of a new sub-atomic particle fail to support the observation, say researchers.

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 12:59:54 -0500

Phil Jones, the climate scientist at the centre of "ClimateGate", says previous comments on global temperatures have been superseded by new data.

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:37:18 -0500

A leatherback turtle is the cause for excitement at a wildlife trust after being spotted in the sea off Scotland.

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 11:16:25 -0500

Scientists find that a primitive organism used in "unconventional computing" research prefers sleeping tablets to its normal food sources.

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 09:46:02 -0500

Spectacular pictures of a volcano in Hawaii have been released by the US Geological Survey.

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 08:36:44 -0500

Scientists rescue a tiny, endangered skink from its last refuge in Mauritius.

Fri, 10 Jun 2011 07:12:59 -0500

Behind the scenes of the pioneering Voyager missions

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 22:11:24 -0500

Humankind's most distant emissaries are flying through a turbulent sea of magnetism as they seek to break free of our Solar System.

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 21:09:13 -0500

The Environment Agency is expected to declare parts of East Anglia and the Midlands official drought zones.

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 19:11:03 -0500

The two Voyager spacecraft launched in the 1970s are now approaching the edge of the Solar System.

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 18:23:40 -0500

The UK is set to miss EU targets on air quality, government documents say, which may mean a legal row just before the London Olympic Games.

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 17:27:33 -0500

Nasa has released unique footage of the Endeavour space shuttle docked to the International Space Station as they orbit the earth.

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 14:15:39 -0500

A nationwide survey is asking people to make a note of the wildlife they encounter during their daily commutes.

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 12:11:47 -0500

Europe's Rosetta spacecraft, which is heading for a rendezvous with a comet in 2014, is put into hibernation by its controllers.

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 11:09:58 -0500

Rio 2012 is less than a year away - but what's it going to talk about?

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 06:38:03 -0500

A Newport engineering firm completes its first stage of repairs to Egypt's oldest step-built pyramid, which has been inaccessible after earthquake damage 19 years ago.

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 04:41:36 -0500

Diving bell spiders use air bubble webs like a gill to live underwater, scientists discover.

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 02:16:42 -0500

The hazardous life of volcanology researchers

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 00:50:35 -0500

Chimps "replay" Aesop's ancient crow fable to secure nut reward

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 19:41:31 -0500

The EU increases to 210m euros its offer of compensation for farmers who have suffered losses due to an outbreak of E. coli.

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 18:57:00 -0500

Foreign hedge funds are behind "land grabs" in Africa to boost their profits in the food and biofuel sectors, according to a US think-tank.

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 17:00:46 -0500

A drug has been used to make hearts repair themselves in research on mice, raising hopes for people suffering a heart attack.

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 14:46:05 -0500

Learning all the lessons from Japan's worst nuclear accident may take a decade, say regulators.

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 12:51:13 -0500

Two new elements have been added to the periodic table after a three-year review by the governing bodies of chemistry and physics.

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 12:50:05 -0500

Experts ask public to look out for six key British bugs

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 12:14:44 -0500

There are calls to allow owners of commercial fisheries to cull otters because they're eating too many fish.

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 10:55:35 -0500

Researchers reveal a correlation between the methane production of cows and the quantity of a molecule called archaeol in their faeces.

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 08:56:36 -0500

Up to 300,000 seabirds are killed every year by longline fishing boats.

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 04:01:36 -0500

A majority of Britons in both town and country oppose killing badgers to curb cattle tuberculosis, an opinion poll for the BBC finds.

Wed, 08 Jun 2011 00:21:20 -0500

Historic first picture of shuttle docking at the ISS

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 21:17:35 -0500

A Soyuz spacecraft has lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, bound for the International Space Station.

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 15:50:30 -0500

An Oriental plane the size of a football pitch in Wiltshire is identified as the "most spreading" tree in the UK.

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 10:40:18 -0500

A Swiss museum's exhibition in Shanghai about the scientist Albert Einstein is cancelled after Shanghai officials try to merge it with a Confucius display.

Tue, 07 Jun 2011 05:52:11 -0500

Scientists at Queen's University receive an award for their work on frog and toad skins which could lead to treatments for over 70 major diseases.

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 20:12:08 -0500

Dozens of bird watchers from all over the UK flocked to a bowling green in Hartlepool to witness the arrival of a rare bird

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 06:15:50 -0500

A chain of volcanoes has erupted in southern Chile, forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents.