Back to the Roots, Return to Nineveh

GOAL: To enable Iraqi Christians who wish to return home to villages in the Nineveh Plains, where they have lived for centuries, and to do so in dignity, safety, as well as security.

The Nineveh Reconstruction Committee (NRC) is composed of two representatives from each Church (Chaldean, Syriac Catholic, Syriac Orthodox) each granted the full authority by their respective Church leadership. ACN has named two of three experts: A Technical Adviser (to liaise with the engineers) and an Administrator for project writing and the financial oversight. A coordinator (to mediate between the rites and oversee the project) is yet to be named. Bank accounts for each Church are also established.

Nineveh Plains Challenges

The challenges facing Christians in the Nineveh Plains are enormous: Currently, there are still 14,000 registered families who fled from Mosul and the Nineveh plains living in Erbil (approximately 90,000 people), nearly 13.000 homes to be rebuilt, security concerns in the villages, Kurdish-Iraqi political maneuvering on the ground, infrastructure concerns (water, electricity, roads, schools and clinics) and most importantly the transition period between the end of monthly rentals and food packages and the move of these families to the restored villages. All this will take time to overcome with well-considered guidance.

For more information visit the website of the Nineveh Reconstruction Committee (NRC)