Three major churches in Iraq have joined hands in order to rebuild thousands of houses destroyed by the terror group ISIS. Under this project, more than 12,000 houses are to be rebuilt, as reported by the AINA. The reconstruction project will be executed in the Plains of Nineveh- one of the worst affected areas of the country.
Ever since the advance of the terror group Islamic State, tens and thousands of local Christians have either died or fled. However, now that the rebuilding process has started three mainstream churches including the Syriac Catholic Church, the Syriac Orthodox Church, and the Chaldean Catholic Church have formed the Nineveh Reconstruction Committee.
This Committee will be entrusted with the task to create efficacious plans and afterwards supervise the reconstruction of the damaged houses. In the midst of increased return of Christians to their homeland, the reconstruction work will bring a glimpse of hope for the destitute Iraqi Christians. The three churches involved in this endeavor are being supported by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, which will provide assistance in the field of research, advocacy and fundraising.
In line with the committee, the total estimated cost of this project is expected to be at least $213 million. While remarking about the extent of damage done by the ISIS advance, Professor Ryan Mauro, a national security analyst at the Clarion Project, talked to the Christian returnees in Qaraqosh. “The ones who I walked around Qaraqosh with were adamant that their faith is even stronger than it was before and vowed to reopen the burned church and fill it with an even bigger crowd than before. To them, God will use this hell they’ve endured to perform a miracle,” he added.
On the other hand, Anglican priest Canon Andrew White, widely known as the “Vicar of Baghdad,” had expressed hope saying that notwithstanding what the terror group ISIS has done to the Christian community in Iraq, “God is alive and doing the greatest things ever.”
“Resurrections, healing and angels are part of daily life. We in the Western world just do not know of the real majesty, glory and presence of Jesus,” he stated on social media.