Catholic church in the Nineveh Plains in Iraq restored

NINEVEH PLAINS, Iraq — The maintenance and restoration work began on one of the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people’s churches in Baghdede, Nineveh Plains in Iraq.

The Catholic organization Aid to the Church in Need funded the restoration of the Mar Behnam and Sarah church, which had been blown up by the Islamic State (ISIS).

The project has cost about £ 4,00,000. The organization allocated huge sums of money for the reconstruction of Baghdede churches, after ISIS had blown up two churches in Baghdede.

The restoration will be completed in October 2023. So far, only inside the churched restored.

The project official Father George Jahula stated that after he visited the church in 2016, and saw its absolute devastation, he felt sorrowful.

“In addition to sabotaging churches, Chaldean-Syriac- Assyrian people were displaced to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI),” Father Jahula stated. “After two years, rituals, prayers and masses must return to these churches for Christians to restore hope.”

Some of the Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian people in the region declared that if this church is not restored, they would think of moving outside the KRI and even outside Iraq.