"It would be great if Christians in the West would petition their government so that, for example, the US government take account of the importance of Christians in the Middle East. It seems that sometimes that economic considerations have precedence, as has been the case in Iraq, for example. Western policy should ensure that Christians remain in the Middle East—their presence is vital."
On the Nineveh plains in northern Iraq, ISIS has left in its wake some 13,000 damaged or destroyed homes belonging to Christians eager to return to their ancient communities. To help them, a number of priests have taken on the role of engineers and master builders.