A nun driven from her home in Iraq by
Islamic State has been denied a UK visa to
allow her to visit her sick sister, the
Catholic Herald reports.
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building destroyed in Qaraqosh, which
was the last Christian majority town in
Sister Ban Madleen was forced to leave
her convent in Qaraqosh when the rebels took
over the city and settled as a refugee in
Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, where
she set up kindergartens for children.
The letter of refusal from UK Visas and
Immigration says she had not provided
evidence of her income as a kindergarten
principal or that the Dominican Sisters of
St Catherine of Siena would fund her visit.
Rather than allowing her to do so, the
letter seen by the Catholic Herald says: 'In
relation to this decision there is no right
of appeal or right to administrative
The case is the latest in which clergy,
religious and church leaders have been
denied entry to the UK on grounds their
supporters deem spurious. Earlier this year
two pastors from South Sudan were denied
entry to attend a Christian conference in a
decision branded 'ludicrous' by North East
Fife MP Stephen Gethins. The Home Office
reversed the ban after protests from the
Church of Scotland.
In November 2016 three archbishops from
Iraq and Syria invited to attend the
consecration of the Syriac Orthodox
Cathedral of St Thomas where the
congregation was addressed by Prince Charles
were denied entry.