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Archbishop Bashar Warda: the man fighting to save Iraq’s Christians

Their numbers are plummeting, and there may soon be none left in the country. Archbishop Warda is fighting to make sure that sectarian conflict doesn’t force them out altogether

By Abigail Frymann Rouch  

Archbishop Warda ©Aid to the Church in Need

Down the quiet, polished corridor of a central London hotel, a Middle Eastern archbishop, clad in his black cassock, strides with a purposeful swoosh. Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil is here to start raising a staggering $262m, so that Iraqis displaced by Islamic State three years ago can return home and repair their homes.

We speak less than a mile from where MPs approved the invasion of his country in 2003. When we met in 2011, Archbishop Warda told me flatly…

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