By Mónica Zorita

This year, Christian refugees in the northern part of Iraq are twice as excited to celebrate the birth of Christ. This is because the vast majority of the villages on the Nineveh plains, which have been under occupation by the “Islamic State” (IS) since the summer of 2014, have now been liberated. In mid-2014 120,000 people fled the advancing jihadist threat, leaving their homes in great haste. “When we received the news that IS was retreating, a spontaneous celebration broke out in the refugee camps. The people went out into the streets to dance and sing, as though they did not have any other problems in their lives,” Father Luis Montes, episcopal vicar of the Latin bishop for Kurdistan, reported. He has been living in Iraq since 2010.

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