On 31 October 2010, in the midst of Baghdad, 58 persons including 45 Syriac Catholic Christians Iraqi were murdered in an islamist attack in the heart Our Lady of Salvation Cathedral.
At 3.15pm, after reading a passage from the Bible and the beginning of a prayer, nine al-Qaeda jihadists stormed the cathedral. Among others, two priests aged 27 and 32, seven children and a pregnant woman are brutally murdered during mass.
The collateral victim of this terrible attack will be the school adjoining the cathedral. founded over fifty years ago, it was the first catholic school in Baghdad. deprive of subsidies from the Iraqui State, it closed its doors. Result: hundreds of christian children forced to attend.