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An archbishop in Mosul reported that more than 600 families have returned to their homes in the Nineveh Plains. The archbishop is joyful that families want to return home and is encouraged by the courage families display in attempting to restart their businesses. Much help is needed to give these families the best chance at rebuilding their lives, homes, and businesses.

08/13/2017 Iraq (The Tablet) –  The Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, has said that more than 600 families that have returned to their homes on northern Iraq’s Nineveh Plains.

Archbishop Petros Mouche told charity, Aid to the Church in Need, that the liberation of the western part of the Nineveh Plains, including Mosul, from IS was “a sign of hope for us Christians.”

He added: “Some have found work or started restaurants, shops and trade businesses. It takes a lot of courage to start from scratch again.”

Archbishop Mouche said: “For us Syriac Catholic Christians in Iraq, liberation is of course a cause for great joy because the vast majority of my diocese was staying in the environs of Mosul and in Qaraqosh.”

Syriac Catholics made up 60 per cent of 150,000 Christians and others forced to flee to Erbil from the Nineveh Plains and Mosul due to IS violence.


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