Cardinal says education is key to Iraqi refugees’ recovery

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April 14, 2015

Displaced Iraqi children stand in classroom of a school in city of Ramadi

Displaced Iraqi children stand in a classroom of a school used as a shelter in the city of Ramadi. Educating children is the best way to help displaced Iraqi Christians recover from the traumatic experience of being chased from their homes by Islamic State militants, said Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster after a visit to Irbil. (CNS photo/Reuters)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Educating children is the best way to help displaced Iraqi Christians recover from the traumatic experience of being chased from their homes by Islamic State militants, said Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, England, after an April 11-12 visit to Irbil.

“Help is being given in a manner that does not remove the dignity of the people who have been displaced. This is not an exercise in making people dependent,” the British cardinal told Vatican Radio after his visit.

Helping the displaced transition from trauma to full functionality is an important goal, the cardinal said, which is why he supports Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda’s goal of building a school system and, eventually, a university.

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