The NGO SOS Chrétiens d’Orient has been without news since Monday noon from four of its employees traveling to Iraq. The information was revealed this Friday by LCI. The associations, three French and one Iraqi, were present in Baghdad to work with local authorities in the development of future projects.
According to the latest information, the group was near the French embassy. There is no evidence at this time to assure that it was a kidnapping, no claim or request for ransom having been received.
The Iraqi capital has been the scene of strong tensions in recent weeks, particularly in the context of the clashes between the United States and Iran. The American embassy is thus regularly the subject of rocket fire.
A controversial association
Call for donations, humanitarian mission, meeting with politicians … The association, very active on social networks, enjoys controversial notoriety. In 2017, the Church of France also disassociated itself from its work. Mgr Gollnisch had said his “uneasiness” before this association which makes take “reckless risks” to young volunteers “very deserving” sent to Syria and Iraq.
Within the framework of a controversy concerning a regional subsidy granted by Laurent Wauquiez (LR), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had also expressed strong doubts about the effectiveness of the action of this association in Iraq. The NGO SOS Chrétiens d’Orient, close to far-right identity circles, is also regularly accused of complacency with the power of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.
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