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Christmas Isn't Very Merry For Iraqi Christians - Dan Gan - 12-21-2004

"All the Christians have left the country," said Saif Sadi, the manager of the store, where sales this season are down 75 percent.

Christian leaders estimate that 50,000 of Iraq's nearly 800,000 Christians have fled the country since last year, mostly to Jordan and Syria.

Source: Yahoo News

<!-- sSad --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/sad.gif" alt="Sad" title="Sad" /><!-- sSad --> If the situation is that bad, I am wondering whether 800,000 Iraqi Christians could make a mass exodus to Lebanon to increase the ratio of Christian population there. Currently, 39% of Lebanese are Christians (Christian 39% (Maronite Catholic, Melkite Catholic, Armenian Orthodox, Syrian Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Roman Catholic, Protestant).

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Anyway, Merry Christmas to those who are celebrating!

Edo bri'cho o rish d'shato brich'to!

(Is this the correct way to say Merry Christmas in Aramaic? I got it from here and I don't know what it means <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href=""></a><!-- m --> Santa Claus must be a linguist)

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Dan Gan