Local Iraqis rally against ISIS


The local Chaldean community walked around El Cajon to bring awareness to the violence in Iraq.

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EL CAJON, Calif. — Hundreds of Iraqi refugees hit the streets of El Cajon Tuesday calling attention to the gruesome violence against Christians in Iraq.

“You take a look around and every individual here either has a family member, an uncle and aunt a sister, a brother, everybody is affected,” said one demonstrator.

The mass of people marched the streets of El Cajon and prayed to spread awareness of what they say is an on going effort to wipe out Christians in Iraq by Islamic Militants, also known as ISIS.

One woman, speaking in Chaldean, said she has cried so much, she’s run out of tears because her sister is one of half a million Iraqi Christians who have fled their homes in Northern Iraq, running away from brutal violence from Islamic extremists.

“Children are being beheaded, women are being raped in front of their families,” said Chaldean community organizer Allan Theweny. “It’s a genocide.”

The United States has continued military air strikes to end the advancement of these militants.

The marchers said the US should do more.

The local Chaldean community is now working with the United Nations to help Christians flee Iraq and grant them refugee status.

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