Friday, March 21, 2003

From Detroit:

Chaldean Americans ponder the future:

Chaldean Americans -- concerned that military action has cut contact with family members still in Iraq -- lobbied U.S. political leaders Thursday to ensure that Catholics in Iraq are included in a transition government. Leaders of the local Chaldean community said they feared "Chaldeans are not represented in the future government," said Martin Manna, president of Chaldean Americans Reaching and Encouraging. "We are doing everything we can to be included," said Manna, 30. Manna of Bloomfield Township said he is coordinating his efforts with various groups, including the Chaldean National Congress. The congress represents about a million Chaldeans, about 200,000 of whom are living outside Iraq.

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