Working with Chaldeans

This webinar, from 2/8/2012, features Bernadette Talia and Besma Coda of the Chaldean-Middle Eastern Social Services agency.

This webinar is part of the National Capacity Building (NCB) webinar series. NCB is a project of the Center for Victims of Torture.


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Wednesday, 08 February 2012

The Chaldeans are Roman Catholics from Iraq, whose history predates that of Christ. They have been influential since the beginning of civilization in ancient Mesopotamia. Under the former regime of Saddam Hussein, religious freedom became constrained, resulting in ethnic cleansing and mass exodus from the region. Many Chaldeans reported the harsh conditions they faced in the transit states, especially the unavailability of employment opportunities.

Upon arrival in the United States, many face the same concern of employment, as well as other factors that can affect the acculturation (religion/tradition, length of residence in the US, age at immigration, stereotyping, and education level). Psychological effects common among Chaldean refugees include: PTSD, depression, psychotic symptoms, domestic violence, aggression, and substance abuse.

Additional Resources:

Christians among 500,000 fleeing Mosul after Islamist forces seize city

Iraq: Chaldean Christians,

Article on Chaldean Americans from Multicultural America, a useful quick reference to a number of immigrant populations in the United States.

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