Three years after being forced out of their towns and villages by extremist group Daesh (ISIS) – many thousand of Iraqi Christian families have the opportunity to return to their homes  in the Nineveh Plains.

The very fact that they have this chance to return home is due to Aid to the Church in Need and our  benefactors who have sustained them, materially and spiritually, while living as a displaced community in Kurdish northern Iraq.

These persecuted Christians continue to need our prayers and commitment as the road back home while filled with Hope and Joy remains fraught with difficulties, very real and often life-threatening difficulties.

Difficulties notwithstanding real progress has been made and in being made and for this reason Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil writes to thank Aid to the Church in Need and its benefactors ‘for the help you have given us, to our brothers and sisters in Mosul and the Nineveh Plains. Because of your help, we still have Christians in Iraq…’ 

Aid to the Church in Need’s Middle East expert Fr. Andrzej Halemba is in no doubt about the importance of what we what we are doing to retain a Christian presence in this the cradle of Christianity. ‘This is a decisive historical moment. If we miss this opportunity to help the Christians return to their homes on the Plains of Nineveh.’ 

This article can be found in Mirror 0218.