Tel Isqof, north of Mosul, one of the few villages in the Plain is currently back under the control of the Peshmerga, after the militia of the IS were rejected. Tilkaif is just 15 kilometers away and is still in the hands of the jihadists. These villages were largely deserted after the mass exodus in August, in an area crossed by the front line.
"A group of young men, now refugees in Kurdistan, wanted to go there with a priest for a few hours, with the intent to open the church, ring the bells and celebrate Mass. After the liturgy they returned to the north, in places where they are currently living as refugees. "The initiative also had a symbolic value: "It was a way of saying that we do not abandon our lands, and we hope to return to our homes and our churches soon" repeated Fr. Paul, who is also a refugee in Ankawa, a predominantly Christian district of Erbil.
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