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In 2014, ISIS many Christian families out of their historical homeland, including the village of Qaraqosh. Many of the Jesus followers who returned to Iraq have reunited with their families following the blow the U.S.-led coalition and local forces dealt ISIS on the battlefield late last year, marking the revival of ...
She decided to go back home to Qaraqosh after three years of displacement in Erbil, even though her sons are no longer there with her," explained Miriam Hayyate, another UPP project manager who has been working in Iraq since 2016. The documentary also takes viewers to Iraqi Kurdistan. Thirty years ...

Christians from the Nineveh Plains celebrated Easter like this... in churches still burned by the Islamic State, like this one in Qaraqosh. They also celebrated like this... without fear of walking once again along the streets they had to flee when the terrorist group came to kill them. Little by little, they're returning ...
ReutersThe Church of the Immaculate Conception, burned by Islamic State militants, in Qaraqosh, south of Mosul, Iraq December 23, 2017. Of Iraq, which is ranked 8th on the Open Doors World Watch List, William tells Christian Today: 'We very much liked the country, the people, the environment.' But, he ...
On August 6 she returned with her approvals, just as ISIS approached Qaraqosh. To reach her father, who is partially sighted, she had to pass streams of refugees flooding in the opposite direction. She walked into the storm. That night the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters protecting the town withdrew, and when ...
They had been alerted when her father, who was seized with her in Qaraqosh, northern Iraq, was freed, reports The Times. She spent four ... But on August 6 when she returned with the documents needed Isis approached Qaraqosh and fought off peshmerga fighters protecting the town withdrew. The next ...

Last week it was reported in the Catholic Herald that a nun who was driven out of the town of Qaraqosh, on the Nineveh plains in Iraq, has been forbidden to visit her ill sister in the United Kingdom. Sister Ban Madleen was among those Christians who were forced to flee the largest Christian town in the ...
Samir Gedhya never wanted to leave his home in Qaraqosh for the unknown, even when the so-called Islamic State group was almost at his doorstep, sweeping through the towns of Iraq. As the menace to Qaraqosh loomed, his eldest son Faraj, then 16, decided to flee to France, entering by a hazardous ...
QARAQOSH, Iraq — “I was the first to repair my house and move back here,” said Archbishop Yohanna Petros Mouche of the Syriac Catholic Church in Qaraqosh. He gestured toward his home in the Christian town on the Ninevah Plains where fresh paint and new religious images now cover the scars of ...
While Qaraqosh and many other Christian towns have been liberated from IS, watchdog groups have warned that they need help from Western countries if they are to rebuild what they have lost. William Hollander, who partners with persecution watchdog Open Doors to support Christians in Iraq, told The ...
In 2014, along with her fellow Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, she was forced to leave her native Qaraqosh, which has long been a Christian town on the Nineveh Plain in northern Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, who had burst onto the world stage through terrifying tactics, had ...
The same evening, I held the rite of the naheereh (lanterns) at St. John the Baptist, the second-largest church of Qaraqosh. In this devotional celebration, the Syriac Church recalls the Parable of the 10 Virgins of the Gospel (John 25:1-13) expecting the coming of the Groom, as a preparation for the Holy ...
Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan concelebrates Palm Sunday Mass March 25 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Qaraqosh, Iraq. At left the pillars show damage from Islamic State militants. (Credit: CNS photo/courtesy Syriac Catholic Patriarchate.) ...
(Photo: Reuters)Iraqi Christians attend an Easter celebration at St George Chaldean Church in Baghdad, Iraq, April 15, 2017. For the first time since the Islamic State terrorist group drove thousands of Christians from Iraq's Nineveh Plains, the village of Qaraqosh is preparing to celebrate Easter as believers ...
Before the ISIS takeover in 2014, Qaraqosh numbered 60,000 people, nearly all members of Assyrian, Catholic, and Orthodox churches. ISIS took captives, including a 3-year-old girl named Christina, and sent everyone else fleeing under heavy fire. In November 2016 Iraqi forces with assistance from a ...
(Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)An Iraqi Christian prepares for the first Sunday mass at the Grand Immaculate Church since it was recaptured from Islamic State in Qaraqosh, near Mosul in Iraq October 30, 2016. The Knights of Columbus has announced that it will be donating more than $1 million this Holy Week ...
(Photo: Reuters/Ari Jalal)A burned church of the Immaculate Conception by Islamic State militants is seen in the town of Qaraqosh, south of Mosul, Iraq, December 23, 2017. The world's largest Catholic fraternal organization gave over $1 million to help persecuted Iraqi and Syrian Christians as they ...

For more than two years, Muslim extremists smashed their way through cities like Qaraqosh, trying to erase thousands of years of Christian history. Now, the 30-mile trek to Mosul looks more like a trail of ruins. Slowly, like the quiet arrival of spring, that's starting to change. Signs of new life are popping up ...
This confirms the continued presence of religious extremism and social backwardness. What about the Nineveh Plains? Things are a bit better on the Nineveh Plain compared to the situation in Mosul. Some 5200 families have returned to Qaraqosh; almost 1200 to Bartella; 350 to Karamles; 300 to Baishika ...
Iraqi Christians REUTERS/Ahmed JadallahIraqi priests hold the first Sunday mass at the Grand Immaculate Church since it was recaptured from Islamic State in Qaraqosh, near Mosul, Iraq. More than 4,000 displaced Christian families have returned to Mosul since the city was fully liberated from Islamic ...
For many Christian families in Qaraqosh, this Easter is particularly special, as they will be celebrating it at home for the first time since fleeing the city in 2014. The city, located in northern Iraq's Nineveh Plains, was occupied by the Islamic State group for over three years before its liberation in October 2017.
Christians in the devastated Iraqi town of Qaraqosh have celebated Palm Sunday for the first time since they were driven from the town by Islamic State in 2014. Thousands of Christians processed through the town yesterday waving palm and olive branches, Open Doors reported. Qaraqosh Open Doors ...
Fr. Najeeb Michaeel: "A man without culture, is a dead man". With the arrival of the Islamic State, he transferred the religious and cultural heritage from Mosul and Qaraqosh to Iraqi Kurdistan. Today he continues his work teaching Christians and Muslims. Thousands of volumes and century old documents ...
It was November 2016 and Qaraqosh had just been liberated in the Iraqi drive to defeat Islamic State in its stronghold of Mosul, 15 miles away. Bevan, 40, soon found what he was looking for. With a torch he peered into an ammunition box and photographed a manufacturer's lot number. “Eastern European ...
Christians who fled the Assyrian Christian towns of Bartella and Qaraqosh spoke on camera for that film. They said, as Levy related, that the “only ones they trust are the Kurds.” The Christian refugees explained that “they would not return to their villages, unless it was under Kurdish protection.” The Christian areas of the ...
As militants swept across Iraq three years ago, he rescued a treasure trove of ancient religious manuscripts from near-certain destruction. Father Najeeb Michaeel is now training fellow Iraqis to preserve their heritage. In August 2014, as ISIS charged towards Qaraqosh, once Iraq's largest Christian city, ...
In August 2014, as the Islamic State (IS) group charged towards Qaraqosh, once Iraq's largest Christian city, Father Najeeb filled his car with rare manuscripts, 16th century books and irreplaceable records. He fled towards the relative safety of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. With two other ...
In August 2014, as Daesh (ISIS) charged toward Qaraqosh, once Iraq's largest Christian city, Father Najeeb filled his car with rare manuscripts, sixteenth century books and irreplaceable records. He fled toward the relative safety of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. With two other friars from ...
“I was on the list of religious figures to kill,” said Father Najeeb. In 2007, he moved the archives to Qaraqosh, some 30 kilometres away. Thanks to “a premonition” in late July 2014, the Dominicans relocated the archives once again, this time to Iraqi Kurdistan. When Daesh pushed into the Christian city less ...
“I was on the list of religious figures to kill,” said Father Najeeb. In 2007, he moved the archives to Qaraqosh, some 30 kilometres away. Thanks to “a premonition” in late July 2014, the Dominicans relocated the archives once again, this time to Iraqi Kurdistan. When Daesh pushed into the Christian city less ...
"We can't save a tree if we don't save its roots, and a man without culture is a dead man." In August 2014, as ISIS charged towards Qaraqosh, once Iraq's largest Christian city, Father Najeeb filled his car with rare manuscripts, 16th century books and irreplaceable records. He fled towards the relative safety ...
In August 2014, as the Islamic State (IS) group charged towards Qaraqosh, once Iraq's largest Christian city, Father Najeeb filled his car with rare manuscripts, 16th century books and irreplaceable records. He fled towards the relative safety of the autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. With two other ...
(Photo: Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)An Iraqi Christian soldier guards the church of Saint Barbara after it was recaptured from Islamic State in Qaraqosh, near Mosul in Iraq, October 30, 2016. Iraqi security forces and pro-government militias have discovered mass graves near Mosul, which include bodies of 40 ...
(Photo: REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)Iraqis attend the first Palm Sunday procession in the burnt out main church of the Christian city of Qaraqosh since Iraqi forces retook it from Islamic States militants, Iraq April 9, 2017. Iraqi Christians are reaching out with forgiveness to the Islamic radicals who have ...
QARAQOSH, Iraq – If home is where the heart is, what happens when you are forced to leave your home, then return to find it destroyed? That is what has happened to Christians under siege in Iraq returning to their homes in Qaraqosh on the Plains of Nineveh in the aftermath of the conflict with ISIS ...
"But as the Lord told His people through the prophet Isaiah, God is doing a 'new thing' in Qaraqosh, Iraq's largest Christian city," an Open Doors report states. "Shops and restaurants are open, children go to school, busloads full of students head to Mosul daily for their studies at Mosul University, and ...
Iraqi prime minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the Islamic State, or Daesh, in early December. Shortly after that, two western Dominican Friars arrived in the country to visit the Iraqi Dominican sisters, brothers and priests with whom the Dominicans of Springfield have built relationships since 2001 ...
QARAQOSH, Iraq – The names of Asian cities are often unknown to most people in the western world. Qaraqosh is one such city. Its connection to Biblical accounts of history dates to hundreds and even thousands of years before Christ as it lies within the Nineveh Governate and close to the ruins of both ...
October 4, 2017 Qaraqosh, Iraq—Armed with a tiny bit of capital and lots of courage, businessmen are slowly returning to the decimated town of Qaraqosh, home to Iraq's largest Christian community before it was taken over by the Islamic State group in 2014. The risk of doing business in Qaraqosh, also ...
Before ISIS came along, Qaraqosh was an affluent town. It drew wealth from its farmlands and from trade with the metropolis of Mosul, just 20 miles down the road. Things became difficult for Iraqi Christians following the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, which set off a wave of Islamist militancy in Mosul. Christians ...
Among the towns was Qaraqosh, which was Iraq's largest Christian city with a population of 50,000. For more than two years, occupying ISIS jihadists tried to erase any evidence of Christianity from Qaraqosh—burning churches, destroying icons and statues, toppling bell towers, and more. Qaraqosh was ...
Islamic State militants forced the trio of Assyrians from their Christian hometown of Qaraqosh two years ago. Suad Rahim and daughters Iman, 30, and Fata, 27, had expected to stay at the trailer park in the town of Irbil for a few months. But they can't imagine returning home. Most of the houses and ...
A Christian woman from Qaraqosh, kidnapped by ISIS in 2014, has been reunited with her father who is the only surviving member of her family after three years apart. Rita Habib's family were killed when the jihadist group took over Qaraqosh, southeast of Mosul in northern Iraq. She was kidnapped and ...
Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Yousif Mirkis of Kirkuk and Sulaimaniyah estimates that between “40-45 percent of the Christians have returned to the some of their ancestral villages, particularly Qaraqosh.” But he and other Catholic leaders told Catholic News Service there are many challenges to those ...
After taking control of Mosul in 2014, ISIS advanced on Qaraqosh, and Michaeel moved the library contents again, this time to a secret location in Iraqi Kurdistan. He said he made four return trips, loading the most important books and manuscripts in the boot of his car. On his final trip, he left Qaraqosh in ...
After taking control of Mosul in 2014, ISIS advanced on Qaraqosh, and Michaeel moved the library contents again, this time to a secret location in Iraqi Kurdistan. He said he made four return trips, loading the most important books and manuscripts in the boot of his car. On his final trip, he left Qaraqosh in ...
But he and other Catholic leaders told Catholic News Service there are many challenges to those Christians hoping to return home after the Islamic State occupation and expulsion. “There are problems with Bartella. Although Bartella is not far from Qaraqosh, the Shiites have been imposing themselves and ...
QARAQOSH, Iraq – If home is where the heart is, what happens when you are forced to leave your home, then return to find it destroyed? That is what has happened to Christians under siege in Iraq returning to their homes in Qaraqosh on the Plains of Nineveh in the aftermath of the conflict with ISIS ...
(REUTERS / Suhaib Salem)Iraqis attend the first Palm Sunday procession in the burnt out main church of the Christian city of Qaraqosh since Iraqi forces retook it from Islamic States militants, Iraq April 9, 2017. The number of persecuted Christians has been rising in recent years. Nearly all of the Christian ...
"But as the Lord told His people through the prophet Isaiah, God is doing a 'new thing' in Qaraqosh, Iraq's largest Christian city," an Open Doors report states. "Shops and restaurants are open, children go to school, busloads full of students head to Mosul daily for their studies at Mosul University, and ...


 

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