ICC Note: A Catholic nun from Iraq was forced to leave her home in Qaraqosh when the Islamic State invaded the town. Despite knowing the situation, the UK denied her entry because she supposedly did not provide enough evidence or support of how she would fund her visit in the country.
4/6/2018 Iraq (ALETEIA) – Sister Ban Madleen, a Catholic nun from Iraq, might at this moment be taking comfort in Jesus’ words, “Foxes have dens, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
In 2014, along with her fellow Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, she was forced to leave her native Qaraqosh, which has long been a Christian town on the Nineveh Plain in northern Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, who had burst onto the world stage through terrifying tactics, had occupied her convent. She settled with thousands of other internally displaced persons, mostly Christians, in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. There she set up kindergartens for the children of the IDPs, who would end up camping out in public parks, converted shipping containers, and half-finished office buildings in the city.
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