News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Open Doors
Open Doors
Open Doors
Open Doors
World News

Hundreds more Iraqi Christian families return home following brutal ISIS occupation

by Will Maule

Two hundred more Iraqi Christian families have returned to their hometowns after being forced into exile by the so-called Islamic State. Iraqi officials confirmed that the families had returned from the Kurdistan region to their areas of origin in the Nineveh governorate.

On Thursday, the mayor of Mosul - a city which fell into the hands of ISIS fighters after a bloody battle with the Iraqi army in 2014 - said that many more displaced Christian families are expected to return to their areas of origin in the coming days after years of displacement. 

According to the Assyrian Democratic Movement, nearly 120,000 Christians were forced to flee Mosul following the ISIS occupation. 

On Wednesday, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor issued a warning to the Iraqi authorities regarding their decision to close IDP (internally displaced people) camps early next year, noting that it "may leave hundreds of thousands of displaced persons homeless as their houses were destroyed in previous conflicts with Daesh".

At the weekend, the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement said in a statement that camps in the governorates of Kirkuk, Salah Al-Din and Anbar would be closed as part of a plan to return 1.5 million displaced people to their hometowns. 

The UN estimates that a staggering 5.5 million Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes due to persecution by ISIS fighters. 

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of £8 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the UK is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of £8 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.