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Can Christians rebuild their own homeland in Iraqi Kurdistan?
The Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 4, 2017 | Dominique Soguel

Posted on 10/04/2017 3:30:46 PM PDT by Jagermonster

SEARCH FOR SOLUTIONS   In ruined Qaraqosh, once home to Iraq's largest Christian community, returning businessmen are beginning to rebuild, hoping to restore a sense of safety and lure back residents to the Christian heartland.

QARAQOSH, IRAQ—Armed with a tiny bit of capital and lots of courage, businessmen are slowly returning to the decimated town of Qaraqosh, home to Iraq’s largest Christian community before it was taken over by the Islamic State group in 2014.

The risk of doing business in Qaraqosh, also known as Al-Hamdaniya or Bakhdida, remains high even now that the jihadists have been driven out of the area.

But the prospect of Christians returning to Qaraqosh is better than for other mixed areas or disputed territories, says Lawrence Janan, an off-duty police officer, because this is the largest Christian city in Iraq, located in the historic heartland of the Assyrian community.

“It’s hard for Christians to go back to Mosul City, but here, at least, we were always a clear majority,” he says, standing across from a bombed church. “We have to come to our areas. This is our land. If we don’t watch over it, who will?”

That’s the same logic that motivates a cluster of businessmen who banded together to rebuild commercial areas one cinder block at the time. The magnitude of the task ahead would make an average man fold in despair.

Businessman Louis Yousif surveys the remains of his three-story corner complex with an acute sense of loss, but also a knack for nailing down opportunities.

Restoring venues for marketing material, passport photos, and decorations for special occasions such as weddings? Not a priority.

A bakery? A no-brainer. That was the first order of business.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: christians; iraq; kurds
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1 posted on 10/04/2017 3:30:46 PM PDT by Jagermonster
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To: Jagermonster

I don’t know if moving back is a good idea, but prayers for them.


2 posted on 10/04/2017 3:35:14 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Christians were doing much better under the last regime. What’s that say?


3 posted on 10/04/2017 4:18:35 PM PDT by shanover (...To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.-S.Adams)
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