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Signs of hope for Iraqi Christians

Signs of hope are emerging for Christians in Iraq forced to flee by the ISIS invasion.
Local clergy in Qaraqosh are driving their return to their homes through a Centre for Support and Encouragement to help families rebuild their property devastated by the militant group, according to World Watch Monitor.
A series of categories identifies those most in need and then money from grants can be directed towards their house’s restoration.
Local priest Father George said: ‘Some 50 people a day register at our centre to have their homes restored. More will come.’
Qaraqosh’s Syriac Catholic Archbishop Yohanna Petros Mouche, told  WWM: ‘I am optimistic, yes, very optimistic.
‘When you look around the villages you see that life is back again.’
In Qaraqosh the picture is relatively positive. Around 1,500 families – more than 20 per cent of the total Christian population before IS came – have now gone back.
But elsewhere in Iraq it is less hopeful. More than 50 per cent of Iraq’s Christian population have left the country entirely, a report earlier this year found. Many more have fled to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) which, depending on  how the independence referendum goes on September 25, could become even more volatile.