AMMAN 2/9/2014 — Jordan will
always be a safe haven for displaced
people and those who suffer injustice,
HRH Prince Hassan said on Wednesday.
During a meeting with Iraqi Christians
who have taken refuge in Jordan at Mar
Elias and the Lady of Peace churches,
Prince Hassan said Iraq, the cradle of
human civilisation, cannot suffer more
hatred among its people, the Jordan News
Agency, Petra, reported.
The prince, who chairs the board of
trustees of the Royal Institute for
Inter-Faith Studies, expressed sorrow
over the Iraqis’ decision to leave their
“We, as Muslims and Christians, are
joined by deep-rooted Arabic heritage
and culture,” he said, according to
As Iraqi Christians, “your migration
will make it difficult to retrieve this
identity,” which makes up one of the
bases of the Arab Muslim identity,
Prince Hassan told the Iraqis.
He expressed his pain over the forced
migration of thousands of Iraqi
Christians from the city Mosul
overnight, voicing his rejection of
terrorism and extremism, which have
nothing to do with Islam.
The Christians left Mosul after the
Islamic State extremist group took over
the city, forcing them to choose between
converting to Islam, paying a special
tax or death.
Around 1,000 Iraqi Christians have taken
refuge in Jordan after escaping
militant-controlled areas in Iraq.
Caritas Jordan, which is affiliated with
the Catholic Church, offers the refugees
shelter and supplies.
Prince Hassan said he will convey the
concerns of Iraqi and all Arab
Christians to Pope Francis during his
visit to the Vatican slated for later
this week, Petra said.