Cathedral in Iraq’s largest Christian town to be rebuilt in 2020
The Great Al-Tahira Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Bakhdida remains charred black inside, five years after the Islamic State plundered and set it aflame
Bakhdida, also known as Qaraqosh, is located 20 miles southeast of Mosul. After the town’s liberation from the Islamic State in 2016, the Christians returned to rebuild their community. The latest rebuilding statistics for Bakhdida divide the rebuilt homes into three categories: completed destroyed, partially destroyed, and partially damaged.
Of the 2,100 homes that were burnt and partially destroyed in Bakhdida, 818 homes have been rebuilt and 1,282 remain in need of repair. Thirty-two of the homes that were completely destroyed have been totally rebuilt, while 30 such houses remain. A little over half of the 4,774 homes that were partially damaged by the Islamic State in the city have been repaired.
The Hungarian government office for Aid of Persecuted Christians announced in October a partnership with U.S. Agency for International Development to contribute to the rebuilding of homes in Bakhdida and Sinjar in northern Iraq.
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Source: Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency
Photo: Illustration (Pixabay)