Only a fraction of the Christians from Qeraqosh seem to be returning to their home town after ISIS has been removed. ISIS is reported to have taken what they could from the homes and destroyed everything else, leaving little for displaced families to come back to. Because many of Iraq’s Christians are refusing to return, questions arise about the future of Christianity in Iraq.
3/07/2017 Iraq (VOA News) – Hind Jijji recently returned to her hometown of Qaraqosh in northern Iraq after Islamic State, or IS fighters were forced from the town.
She and her family fled the area in 2014 just two hours before IS fighters captured Qaraqosh. They feared that IS would target them as religious minorities. So they fled to Iraqi Kurdistan without taking any of their belongings.
Before IS forces attacked Qaraqosh, Hind Jijji was a student at the College of Medicine in Mosul. She planned to become a doctor.
Jijji told VOA she was shocked at how much damage had been done to the town. The home in which she grew up was destroyed.
“I can’t describe how I really feel. All of these pieces that have been thrown and destroyed carry beautiful memories,” she said. “These are things that Mom and Dad worked very hard to build.