ASIA/IRAQ - The Chaldean diocese of Erbil conducts a census of the refugees who fled from the Nineveh Plain

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Erbil (Agenzia Fides) - There are more than 10 thousand Christian families who fled Mosul and the cities of the Nineveh Plain who have found refuge in the suburbs of Erbil and in other parts of Iraqi Kurdistan. Some statistics on this part of the refugees driven out from their homes due to the advance of jiahadisti of the Islamic State (IS) were collected in October by the Chaldean diocese of Erbil to arrange the distribution of a "Family Card" for refugee family units.
Thanks to the free work of young volunteers, the data of refugee families were entered into a database that allows to always have the telephone numbers of refugees, monitor and update their distribution in the different areas, calibrate the distribution of aid according to different needs. From the data collected, disseminated on the website, it seems that 6,377 of the 10,353 households surveyed come from the area of Qaraqosh - the area where the majority of Christians live from which all the inhabitants fled immediately during the night between 5 and 6 August - while 1,154 lived in Mosul.
The majority of the displaced - 7,850 families - found refuge in Ankawa, a predominantly Christian suburb of Erbil. Among the refugees, students in middle and high school and about 10 thousand university students, and almost 8 thousand children.
On Wednesday, November 5, during a brief trip to Ankawa, the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, Louis Raphael I and Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq and Jordan, visited a reception area of refugees and the headquarters of some health and social institutions involved in providing support to refugees. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 06/11/2014)