ASIA/IRAQ - Christian families are returning to Mosul

Monday, 13 February 2017 wars   jihadists   middle east   oriental churches  

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Mosul (Agenzia Fides) - The first Christian families are beginning to return to the eastern districts of Mosul. As reported by ankawa.com site, at least three Armenian families have already returned to their houses, despite the situation of general insecurity that continues to weigh on the entire city. In recent days, the urban areas had also been the scene of suicide bombings, which caused at least the death of 9 civilians.
The jihadists of Daesh had conquered Mosul on June 9, 2014. In the following weeks, all the Christians in the city had abandoned their homes - many of which immediately expropriated by jihadists - and sought shelter as refugees, first in the villages of the Nineveh Plain or in Kirkuk , and then above all in Erbil and in the villages of Iraqi Kurdistan. The last 10 Christian elders had been expelled by the militia jihadists on January 7, 2015, after they had refused to deny their faith. The group of elders - some with serious health problems - had been welcomed in Kirkuk, after spending two days in the cold in "no man's land" between the villages occupied by the militias of the Islamic State and the area under the control of the Peshmerga Kurds. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 13/02/2017)


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