Christians regain hope for Mosul’s rebirth six years after ISIS took power
Last weekend, the Mosul Archbishop, along with other Muslim leaders and tribal dignitaries, visited the old city. The al-Nouri Mosque and the Al-Saea Church are two of the iconic buildings to be rebuilt.
“The archbishop’s visit to the city is a way to bear witness to the presence of Christians and shows that they did not abandon the city and intend to contribute to its rebirth,” said Fr. Thabit Mekko, head of the Christian community in Karemlash, Nineveh Plain.
The Chaldean clergyman spoke to AsiaNews about the visit of Archbishop Najib Mikhael Moussa in Iraq’s northern metropolis, together with Muslim religious leaders and local tribal dignitaries.
The prelate’s visit to the right side of the city, home to the most important historic buildings and places of worship, took place last Saturday to coincide with the anniversary of its fall to Jihadi forces in 2014. The Islamic State, which ruled through violence and terror, was routed in the summer of 2017 after devastating some of the city’s most iconic places of worship, like the al-Nouri Mosque and the Al-Saea (Our Lady of the Hour) Church.
The two places of worship, one Muslim and one Christian, today symbolise Mosul’s rebirth thanks to a reconstruction project financed by UNESCO and the United Arab Emirates, part of a programme called “Reviving the spirit of Mosul by rebuilding its historical monuments”.