Iraq: ISIS gravely damaged 12,000-plus Christian homes on the Nineveh Plain
There are still 14,000 Christian IDP families who fled from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain living in Erbil.
By ACN staff
NEW YORK—ISIS damaged more than 12,000 private homes in 12 Christian
villages on the Nineveh Plain in northern Iraq. Close to 700 homes were
completely destroyed. These were some of the findings of a damage assessment
commissioned by international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).
According to the study, the costs for repairing and rebuilding homes will exceed
assessment initiative also queried 1,500 families who fled to Erbil, Kurdistan,
after ISIS swept through the Nineveh Plain the summer of 2014 as to their
potential plans for returning to their abandoned villages. More than 40 percent
indicated that they wanted to return, and 46 percent said that they were
November, an ACN survey found that only just over 3 percent of nearly 6,000 IDP
families were considering returning to their home villages. Of course, last
fall there will still combat operations on the Nineveh Plain, with ISIS militants
launching stealth attacks.
latest survey, more than half of respondents reported that their possessions
had been plundered, while 22 percent said that their houses had been destroyed.
About a quarter of respondents was unable to provide any information on the current
condition of their homes and belongings. However, more than 25 percent also
reported that their vital documents had been stolen by ISIS.
cared for by the Chaldean Archdiocese of Erbil, with significant support from ACN—there
are still 14,000 Christian IDP families who fled from Mosul and the Nineveh
Plain living in Erbil. That total makes for approx. 90,000 people, down from
the original 120,000 who sought shelter in Erbil in the summer of 2014.
Damaged residence in Qaraqosh, Nineveh Plain; ACN photo