IRAQ – Iraqi Curriculum Incites Violence Towards Religious Minorities
International Christian Concern | Dec. 23, 2018
Archbishop Louis Raphaël I Sako of Iraq’s Chaldean Patriarchate of Babylon has asked the Ministry of Education to review offensive statements which exist within the curriculum. A particular point of contention is a section in a fifth grade textbook which says that an unveiled woman is “sick.” Christian women do not wear a head covering and there is concern that teaching this kind of material incites violence towards Christians.
Iraq’s Christians have suffered massive waves of persecution since 2003 which have led to a significant decrease of population. These waves of persecution correlate to surges of violence in the country.