IRBIL, Iraq — Senior Iraqi officials are pressing to establish a special detention camp to isolate as many as 30,000 Iraqis who lived in the Islamic State’s final stronghold in ¬Syria, captured in March by U.S.-backed forces.
But as Iraq prepares to repatriate citizens now held in ¬Syria, humanitarian groups have been resisting efforts to move them to a single detention facility, fearing this could create prison camp conditions that would prevent them from reintegrating into society and, in some cases, further radicalize them. Read More
BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Once dubbed the “Venice of the Middle East” for its canals, Iraq’s crumbling port city of Basra is slowly dying of thirst.
A woman gathers garbage near one of the rivers extending to Shatt al-Arab in Basra, Iraq September 10, 2018. Basra residents say salt seeping into the water supply has made it undrinkable and sent hundreds to a hospital. Read More
Dallas, Texas, (CNA).- Actors and filmmakers at the red carpet premiere of “Paul Apostle of Christ” said the film’s portrayal of Christian persecution in ancient Rome is a timely reminder that people around the world continue to suffer for their faith. Read More
Mosul, Iraq, (Aid to the Church in Need).- Ten-year old Helda Khalid Jacob Hindi, a fifth-grader, is not at a loss for words. She is passionate about her life, her future, and that of her loved ones. Helda and her family—mom, dad and a younger brother—recently moved back to Qaraqosh on Iraq’s Nineveh Plains after spending three years in exile in Kurdistan. Read More
Parliament in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region decided Tuesday to hold legislative elections in eight months after they were delayed amid tensions with the central government in Baghdad over disputed territories. Regional legislative and presidential elections had both been due on November 1 but were delayed after Baghdad seized a swathe of territory from Kurdish forces following an independence vote. Read More
Our identity belongs to “our land” and only when “we’re back in our homes can we say that we’re happy again and at peace.” Meanwhile, “our children take part in camp activities”, which keeps alive the desire to return to Karamlesh, said Naseem Kuder Sulaiman, a 47-year-old engineer who spoke to AsiaNews. Read More