Poles helping Qaraqosh – Eagle Watch’s support for school and church

Poles helping Qaraqosh – Eagle Watch’s support for school and church

Destroyed city of Qaraqosh in the heart of Niniveh Plain used to be a centre of Christianity in Iraq. Slowly, the city is coming back to life but it neds time to recover. It would not be possible without determination of its citizens and external support. A very important part of it is help that comes from Poland. Through our projects it is able to reach the most needy (read more here). What started in Iraq and Syria in 2014 can now, without a doubt be named the most tragic conflict of 21st century. A brutal onslaught of terrorists from ISIS was directed mostly against civilians. The weakest have become their main target. Even now, we still cannot speak of safety in this region. In October 2016 daesh have been pushed away from Niniveh Plain and its citizens could begin returning to their homes. In Qaraqosh, as well as in other cities taken back from the terrorists, they have seen only rubble.   ISIS tried to destroy every little sign of Christian religion and culture. They burnt and profaned the churches. Streets were flooded by rubble. There was no electricity and no running water. Terrorists have mined plenty of buildings with IEDs. It took weeks for the minesweepers to arrive. But all of the people that have returned were set on not giving up. They have started rebuilding the city with their own hands. The parson led the people to the St. George church in Bertella, at the outskirts of Qaraqosh after nearly three years of not being able to do so. They have broken into singing and praying....