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Christians of the East: Thanoon, at the end of his strength, now wants to flee Mosul "the slaughterer"


PORTRAIT - This father of five, exhausted by years of war and persecution, now dreams of only one thing: joining one of his brothers in Australia.

Four times, in less than ten years, Thanoon, his wife and five children have left their home, their life, their city, Mosul.

Four times the commotion and terror, fear in the stomach, sweat in the eyes, death on the trail.

2005. 2006. 2008. 2014. Kidnappings, persecutions, attacks, caliphate.

It started with

“the event”

as he says;

the kidnapping of his brother;

“Because he supposedly worked with the Americans”


To get it back, and collect the $ 55,000 ransom demanded, Thanoon had to sell his small window business.

“We had left Mosul and when we returned, no more work.

Just threats, the growing muffled suspicion of an invisible enemy.

With each departure, and each return, the situation worsened ”.

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Two “exoduses” later, it ended with that of 2014, which should have been the last.

“We left Mosul on June 10, 2014, in the middle of the night, like rats.

I had decided never to return to this town that had me

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Source: lefigaro

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