Christians in Iraq are preparing to experience their first Christmas since the liberation of many villages on the Nineveh Plain, such as Qaraqosh et Bartella. But they will not be able to celebrate the birth of Jesus at home, their homes have been destroyed.
Khalida, in her forties, fled Qaraqosh and lived in Erbil for 2 years, in a tent, then in a shelter, and now in a small house rented by his church. The last 2 Christmases have been particularly painful for her. When she learned of Qaraqosh's liberation, Khalida was relieved and happy but “my joy only lasted a day,” she reveals with tearful eyes.
“I found out that my house had been completely burnt down, as were the rest of my family. I wanted to come back, but now I wonder: Where to return? I no longer have a home. ”
Khalida and her family will therefore once again spend Christmas in exile.
“It will be simple. We're going to get the kids to go to church and feel the Christmas spirit. We don't have much, but we have the most important, Christ. We will celebrate with him alone. ”
Khalida hopes to be able to celebrate Christmas 2017 in Qaraqosh. She regains hope when she hears that the Christians of the world are praying for the Christians of the East.
“If I can ask anything of churches around the world, it is to help us rebuild the region, and to help us live in peace.”
source: Open Doors UK
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