The long genocide
Notre Dame's Gothic aspiration
Became a symbol of the French nation.
It took one hundred years
To build Notre Dame cathedral
1160 - 1260.
Within two hundred years
Of its completion
The largest cathedral in the Christian world
St Sophia's cathedral in Constantinople
Built to the glory of God
The centre of Orthodox Christianity,
Was converted into an Ottoman mosque.
This centre of Orthodox Christianity
Had ceased to be.
Minarets were added to the cathedral.
Constantinople became Istanbul.
In 2019 there are 15 million Muslims in Istanbul
And 2000 Christians - suvivors
Of the longest series of genocides
In the history of the world
Which continue to this day.
In 2014 Daesh launched an offensive
Against the Assyrian Christians of the Nineveh Plain
Near Mosul in Iraq
This was nothing new
The Christian community in Iraq has been under attack
For 1300 years
It is a miracle that they have survived