Iraqi Christians Slowly Return to War-Damaged Qaraqosh

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In August of 2014, ISIS militants swept through towns near Mosul, Iraq, taking control and forcing thousands to flee. Among the towns was Qaraqosh, which was Iraq’s largest Christian city with a population of 50,000. For more than two years, occupying ISIS jihadists tried to erase any evidence of Christianity from Qaraqosh—burning Continue reading

Part I: ISIS exploited the marginalized minority groups of Iraq

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By Hannah Lynch and Chris Johannes 5 hours ago
In summer of 2014, the ISIS group swept across northern Iraq leaving millions displaced and thousands killed, like this family in Shingal. Photo: Rudaw
This series of special reports examines the struggles and path the survivors of ISIS — particularly minority groups in the Nineveh Plains and Shingal — have taken in their Continue reading

Why The World Needs “The Promise”

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By: Slewo Oshana, Washington, D.C.
Much digital ink has been spilled over the recent release of The Promise with the recent attempts by trolls of Turkish origin to bury the film in a sea of bad reviews. Now whether the film is bad or good is ultimately up to the eye of the beholder; however, it does need Continue reading

Displaced Iraqi Christians open sweet factory in Erbil

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Erbil sweet factory
Some of the workers at Erbil’s new sweet factory. PICTURE: World Watch Monitor, 2017
In his new factory, surrounded by sesame seeds, pistachios and sugar, Rabeea dips his spatula into a large vat of honey-coloured syrup. He’s checking its consistency to see if Continue reading