"The Worst Is Yet to Come," Says Archbishop Of Baghdad

BAGHDAD, MARCH 21, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Archbishop of Baghdad, Jean Benjamin Sleiman, described today the anguish of Iraqis over the war because “the people know the worst has yet to come.”

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Now “that the threat has become a reality, the population, though resigned, attempts to muster strength to deal with the situation,” the archbishop of the Latin-rite Catholics explained to MISNA missionary agency.

As of yet, Baghdad still has water, electricity, and working telephone lines, although “the stores are closed and streets are practically deserted,” he said.

“Many people have left; others remain barricaded in their homes or took the opportunity to visit with friends and relatives,” the archbishop continued.

“It is a form of solidarity needed particularly in such moments,” he acknowledged.

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