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A Church In Erbil Houses Hundreds Of Iraqi Refugees Fleeing ISIS


A church in Erbil houses hundreds of refugees fleeing ISIS.

Church in Erbil houses hundreds of Iraqi refugees
Church in Erbil houses hundreds of Iraqi refugees

In the Mar Elia Chaldean Catholic church in the suburb of Ankawa Father Douglas manages to carry on his routine life amidst a sea of refugee tents. He knows what it’s like to experience trauma, fleeing ISIS.

Father Douglas’s church hall is a sanctuary: morning prayers are held every day at 10.00am and church life continues with mass, weddings and funerals. But around Mar Elia is a collection of grey, brown, white and green tents – donated by an array of different organizations. The tents have become home to 700 families from Mosul, Karamlesh, Qarakosh, and other Christian villages on the Nineveh plain.