Dar al-Fatwa relief committee distributes aid for Iraqi Assyrians in Sadd al-Boushrieh. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Iraqi man carried away a box filled with food from the Assyrian Church, his passport clutched in his other hand.Dozens of Iraqi Christians were lined up at the gates of the Assyrian Diocese in Sadd al-Boushrieh to receive some 200 food packages provided by Dar al-Fatwa, the highest Sunni religious authority in Lebanon, a signal of solidarity with the plight of Christians fleeing the turmoil in Iraq.The number of Iraqi Christians who have fled to Lebanon in recent weeks is in the thousands.The Assyrian Church has assisted between 350 and 400 Christian families who fled Iraq. The majority of Iraq's Christians are Chaldeans.Both said the aid would continue as a signal of unity between Christians and Muslims, so long as the "tragedies" facing Christians in Iraq and Syria continued.The initiative comes after a recent visit by Dar al-Fatwa officials pledging to assist Christian refugees from Mosul, which was overrun by ISIS earlier this summer.The Christians gathered at the Assyrian Diocese Tuesday have already paid a price.The Christian refugees said they could barely afford rent here.
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