by Carie Lodge
Mosul-born Chaldean Catholic, Sahar Mansour, is now living in the refugee camp at Ankawa, near the Kurdish capital of Irbil, after being driven from his home by militants last year. There are more than 1,700 Syriac Catholic families living in the camp, ministered to by priests including Father Bashar Kthea, who himself fled from Qaraqosh last August.
Writing on behalf of Father Kthea to Catholic News Service, Mansour said...
...Refugees are living in incredibly cramped conditions, with multiple families often sharing tiny living spaces with one another. With few belongings and no money, they are forced to rely on overseas aid, as well as the church...
"...He always says that we are created in order to work, that we are soldiers of Christ, that we want to cultivate love and peace..."
"...We've lost everything. The worst thing is that we don't know when or whether we will be able to return to our homeland," she said.
"But none of us is angry at God. Fortunately we are all still alive..."