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30 03, 2017

Nineveh Plains – Christian Churches Unite to Rebuild

2017-05-06T17:50:03+00:00March 30th, 2017|

The Syriac Catholic Bishop, the Chaldean Catholic Bishop and two Syriac Orthodox bishops signed an agreement in Erbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, to help Christians rebuild their homes, destroyed by ISIS in 2014. The idea can no longer be shrugged off as a mere pipe dream – the hope of the [...]

17 01, 2017

The inhabitants of Qaraqosh are assessing the damage after the occupation – IS used the church as a shooting range

2017-05-31T17:17:43+00:00January 17th, 2017|

By Jaco Klamer for Aid to the Church in Need “I don’t understand how people can harm each other so much,” sighs security guard Louis Petrus. Today, Louis has returned to his hometown for the first time: the Christian city of Qaraqosh, near Mosul, which he had to flee on [...]

4 01, 2017

Living for two years under the occupation of the Islamic State

2017-05-30T16:59:36+00:00January 4th, 2017|

By Jaco Klamer for Aid to the Church in Need Two months ago Ismail fled the Iraqi city of Mosul with his mother Jandark Behnam Mansour Nassi (55), after they had to survive under the terror of IS for over two years. Ismail and Jandark now live in Erbil, in [...]

26 07, 2016

Telleskuf in Iraq: ISIS Left, Destruction Remains

2017-06-03T01:46:57+00:00July 26th, 2016|

It is the silence that you notice first. Not just a lack of noise but an absence of sounds. Even the birds have left. I am in Telskuf, Iraq, about 32 kilometers north of the Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold of Mosul and two kilometers from the front line. The town [...]

31 07, 2015

“6 August: A Day of Sorrow, but also the Day that God Saved us”

2017-05-31T03:24:42+00:00July 31st, 2015|

One year ago, tens of thousands of Christians fled ISIS – those who lived through it remember. By Oliver Maksan On 6 August 2014 the life of the church in Iraq was changed forever: more than 120000 Christians were forced to flee from jihadists of the terrorist organisation "Islamic State" [...]

16 04, 2015

“IRAQ: We priests and nuns are the last to leave.”

2017-05-30T18:37:46+00:00April 16th, 2015|

The heroes of faith in Iraq: Priests, seminarians and religious hold out while their flock is besieged by ISIS. By Oliver Maksan “At night we often hear gunfire. But luckily we are quite a bit away from the fighting,” Father Steven says. That is a matter of opinion. In reality, [...]

6 01, 2015

“Nobody’s Angry at God”

2017-05-31T02:59:52+00:00January 6th, 2015|

The humanitarian situation of the Christian refugees in Iraq has improved – but the lack of future prospects is getting the people down By Oliver Maksan "Thank you, thank you, thank you": Suheila, an old Christian woman from Mosul was effusively expressing her gratitude as she met a delegation from [...]

29 10, 2014

“If you want to kill us for our faith then we are prepared to die here and now”

2017-05-31T16:55:21+00:00October 29th, 2014|

When Christian villagers from the Iraqi town of Caramles fled advancing IS forces, 80-year-old Victoria was among a dozen or so unable to leave. The widow, a Chaldean Catholic, knew nothing about the sudden evacuation that had suddenly emptied this ancient village she had known for so long. Next morning [...]