“I really want to go back to the city of my birth, Baghdeda (Qaraqosh),” says a smiling Majid Shaba (45), who runs a fast food establishment in Erbil. “When ISIS invaded Baghdeda I had to leave the city, in which I was in charge of a fast food restaurant, Chefcity. I didn’t leave my city out of my own free will. My new restaurant in Erbil has been doing reasonably well, but you simply cannot compare life in Erbil to life in Qaraqosh: it is not a good alternative. That’s why I want to return to Baghdeda, to the Nineveh plains: I was born there, I want to live and die there. Baghdeda (Qaraqosh) is my city.” 

“With my faith I can endure anything”

Sudan’s tiny Christian flock is being swelled by refugees from Eritrea   

By Maria Lozano

“If we don’t do anything, the fate of the Romani children will be sealed,” Salesian Father Martin Jilek from Stara Zagora in Central Bulgaria, 230 kilometres to the east of the capital of Sofia, said. “They are married off by their clan when they are fourteen. Then they have children early on and live off of the child benefit, which is about 40 leva per month and child.” That is equivalent to about 20 euros – the only source of income of many Romani families. 

How the young people of Aleppo are helping with aid projects in the city – the needy helping the neediest

The Orthodox Youth Movement, which is helping 2,200 Christian families each month in the Syrian city of Aleppo, is being supported by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)


By John Pontifex

A PRIEST caring for persecuted Christians in northern Iraq has called on people to pray for peace in northern Iraq amid fears that a return to full-scale war could threaten the survival of one of the world’s oldest Church communities. Father Salar Kajo, who cares for Christians in towns and villages in northern Nineveh Plains, highlighted his fears following clashes outside the centre of Kirkuk between Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi federal military.  

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