Telsqopa / ܬܠܐ ܙܩܝܦܐ – In the fight against the spread of the coronavirus, a crisis team of the Syriac-Chaldean town of Telsqopa today started with the sanitization of shops, community centers and streets in the town. The sanitization campaign is jointly undertaken by the municipal health department, the Chaldean Catholic church board, members of the municipal council and local youth. Today the main streets of the town, the street in front of city hall and the barracks were sanitized.
The crisis team was assembled on the 20th of March at the initiative of church representatives, the municipal health department, the local Telsqopa town guards, the police and municipal board members. One of their first measures, in line with governmental directives against the coronavirus, included the closing of all cafes and all public and cultural places as per 21 March.
Telsqopa is located 30 kilometers north of Mosul on the Nineveh Plain of the Syriacs (Chaldeans-Assyrians-Arameans). Before the occupation by ISIS in 2014 it had a population of over 10.000 Syriacs of which most belong to the Chaldean denomination. Citizens were able to return after ISIS was defeated with the help of the Hungarian government which helped finance destroyed homes, churches and shops.