George Carey FORMER ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY
The remains of destroyed church are seen in the town of Qaraqosh, south of Mosul, Iraq Credit: MARKO DJURICA/REUTERS
I recently saw images of the hauntingly empty Iraqi town of Qaraqosh, near Mosul, which was taken by ISIS in 2014. It had a population of 50,000 mostly Assyrian Christians, but is now totally abandoned.
The militants have used every means to erase the town of its Christian identity defiling and destroying its beautiful church buildings.
In August 2014, the militants swept through towns around Mosul and forced thousands to flee. Qaraqosh’s Christians abandoned their homes and have still not returned, even though the town has now been liberated from IS.