- Jan 27, 2020
Mark Green, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, said Wednesday that “we have mobilized a massive amount of resources” for Iraqi Christians.
Though many young Christians are contemplating leaving the country, those who have chosen to stay have become staples for the local community, taking on leadership roles that aim not only to survive in the present situation, but to make things better.
Faced with the hardships left after the rise and fall of ISIS and a chronic inability for Iraq to form a government, young people in the country have nothing but question marks for the future, yet most are willing to give it a chance.
While building costs for the Old City alone are expected to be in the billions, for Mosul’s inhabitants, the city’s displaced Christian population in particular, trust will be the hardest thing to repair, if it’s even possible at all.
On the Nineveh Plains, priests act not only as spiritual guides but de facto mayors when decisions need to be made, judges when disputes arise, and managers when it comes to overseeing reconstruction plans and costs.
Until now the Iraqi government and the UN have largely ignored the needs of Christians on the Nineveh Plains, so local leaders are urging potential donors to bypass those systems and deal directly with them.