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04/08/2019 Iraq (International Christian Concern) – Hope awakens in northern Iraq as another church is built with the support of the government. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) supervised the construction of the first Armenian Orthodox Church in Erbil through their department of religious affairs.

According to a Kurdistan 24, a local news source, a spokesman from the KRG was quoted saying, “The opening of this church itself is laying another foundation stone for a peaceful coexistence of ethnic and religious groups in the Kurdistan region.

The Kurdistan region of northern Iraq was a hotbed of ISIS activity and violence in recent years. Church buildings were burned, women and children were kidnapped, and many were murdered because of their faith.

Christians are beginning to return to their homes in northern Iraq now that ISIS has been driven out. The construction of this church gives hope to many Christians returning home that a new day is dawning for Christians in Iraq.

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