HELP REBUILD A COMMUNITY IN IRAQ

After the ISIS occupation of the Nineveh Plains, 363 church properties were damaged or destroyed along with more than 12,970 Christian homes. Your help is enabling us to carry out a reconstruction project, which will enable the return of its families and help to rebuild communities.

WE PROMISED TO HELP 131 CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. WE STILL NEED $5,314,997.22
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Many people left the Nineveh Plains in 2014 when ISIS occupied the region. After its liberation, it took another two years for the local communities to even begin to recover. Those who dared to return had to cope with the destruction of their hometowns. About 435 families have returned to Karamles; of the 750 Christian houses that sustained damages, 382 have been rebuilt so far. There is still a lot of work to be done. “We do not know if every family will return to Nineveh Plains, but we must preserve our identity and our history for the sake of the children of the diaspora. Our enduring presence here shall not be compromised,” said Fr. Thabet Yousif. During the occupation, 130 church properties in the region were ruined or destroyed. The revival of Church life is one way of reassuring the faithful and of encouraging them to rebuild their lives. To support the constructions and reconstructions of church properties is not only about renovating the buildings but supporting the communities themselves.

TESTIMONIES

FR. THABET YOUSSEF FROM KARAMLES, IN IRAQ.

“ISIS thought they had destroyed the Church and had exterminated the Christian presence in the Nineveh Plains when they burned the churches, smashed the crosses, and wrecked the icons. Indeed, they brought destruction here, but the source of creation and victory lies in Christ, in the cross. That is our faith.”

FR. ADDAY BABABA FROM KARAMLES, IN IRAQ.

“Our village is our home. It holds the voices of our fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers who lived here. Our village is a gift to us. Now that we have the possibility to rebuild it, we should treasure it more strongly than ever before.”

IF THE CURRENT PROJECT ABOVE RECEIVES ENOUGH FUNDING, THEN YOUR GIFT WILL TRANSFERRED
TO SUPPORT A SIMILAR PROJECT FOR CHRISTIANS IN NEED: SUCH AS THESE BELOW.

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