It is not the Catholic Cathedral of Saint Ephraim in Mosul, Iraq; it is the Coptic Church of Saint Tadros in Minya, Egypt

The co-founders of Iraq Heritage, (Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Doha Centre) Luay Al Khatteeb and (Executive Director of Iraq Heritage) Aymen Jawad have highlighted the urgency of saving vulnerable minorities – such as Christians, Yazidis, Shia Turkmen and Shabak – in Iraq.

Unfortunately, someone – a sub-editor? – has chosen to illustrate the claim that ‘ISIL burned down the Syriac Catholic Archdiocese of Mosul, Iraq’ with a photograph of the Coptic Church of el-Amir Tadros el-Shatby/Prince Tadros/Saint Tadros the Martyr in Minya, Egypt, which was burned out on the 14th of August 2013. When you search for that image, Google even offers its “best guess for this image: Egypt churches”.

'ISIL burned down the Syriac Catholic Archdiocese of Mosul, Iraq' (false evidence in the Huffington Post, 8th September 2014)

‘ISIL burned down the Syriac Catholic Archdiocese of Mosul, Iraq’ (false evidence in the Huffington Post, 8th September 2014)

Google's best guess for this image: Egypt churches (8th September 2014)

Google’s best guess for this image: Egypt churches (8th September 2014)

Notes

Elsewhere, the cathedral has been categorised as Assyrian or Chaldean.

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4 Responses to “It is not the Catholic Cathedral of Saint Ephraim in Mosul, Iraq; it is the Coptic Church of Saint Tadros in Minya, Egypt”

  1. It’s unfortunate that people lack respect for each others’ heritages.

    • Sadly, due to the increasingly annihilation-driven logic for political violence (where they want to exterminate others and easily accept their own deaths for the cause), and due to the still ineffective punishment of criminals and deradicalisation of sympathisers, such destruction seems increasingly common.

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