Initially, escaping to the northern city of Erbil, some 1,800 Iraqi Christians from Mosul and surrounding villages are now temporarily sheltering in Jordan.
They have come at the invitation of King Abdullah II, with assistance from the Catholic humanitarian aid agency, Caritas. The latest batch of Christian refugees arrived last week.
While they remain in Jordan, they still lament the loss of lives caused by ISIS in Iraq. One of the Christian refugees, says, “Militants from the so-called Islamic State uprooted and expelled us from our country. We left Mosul broken. They took away our homes and businesses and slaughtered our Bishop Faraj and priests Ragheed and Boulous. How could we ever possibly return there?” he implores.