Despite dwindling community numbers, as churches and villages are being rebuilt, there is hope for Christian in Iraq
Christians, like the many other minorities, make up the mosaic of modern Iraq. They are believed to be the oldest Christian community in the world; many of their ancestors can be traced to St Thomas and other apostles of Jesus Christ who came to witness and preach. Their roots are as sturdy as the mountain-top monasteries such as Mar Mattai, built in the fourth century near Mosul, where dozens of families sought refuge from the 2014 ISIS rampage.
Today, seven years after ISIS initial rampage, Christian villages in Iraq are being rebuilt and people are returning. But they need help.