Matthew Petti is a national security reporter at the National Interest and a former Foreign Language Area Studies Fellow at Columbia University. His work on immigration, human rights and the Middle East has also been published in Reason magazine.
Mass for Iraqi Christian refugees at Our Lady of Peace Center on the outskirts of the Jordanian capital, Amman, in January 2016. (CNS photo/Dale Gavlak) 
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Matthew Petti
Few of the refugees are interested in returning to Iraq. “Return to what?” asks one Chaldean-Assyrian refugee. He says that “Iraq is a Frankenstein, not a state” because of the persistent ethnic and sectarian divisions.
Matthew Petti
The language spoken by Jesus and kept alive by Syriac Christians finds an unlikely haven in Paramus, New Jersey.