November 21, 2016, Qaraqosh, Iraq – More than two years after fleeing their convents on the Plains of Nineveh to escape the onslaught of the Islamic State, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena of Iraq returned home – only to find Qaraqosh in ruins. While Iraqi soldiers fired celebratory shots after retaking the area from ISIS, the Sisters rummaged through the rubble of their old homes. Even Immaculate Conception Church, the site of many celebrations and liturgies, was in rubble.
Read the article by Adnan R. Khan and watch the video of the Sisters’ bittersweet homecoming.
If you would like to join our efforts to provide monetary support to the Iraqi Sisters, please make a donation here, indicating it is for “Iraqi Relief.” Dominican artists are also helping raise awareness and funds in support of the Iraqi Sisters. Each artist is creating crane artwork and selling the work as a benefit. Visit 1000 Cranes for Iraq for details. Please note that contributions for charitable purposes abroad are not tax deductible under U.S. tax code.
Feature photo: "In the wake of ISIS" by Adnan Khan
The video makes the violence of ISIS more concrete. I will increase my prayer for the end of violence world-wide including the end of gang and police violence in our urban streets. Worldwide Peace is a key aspect of our Pro-life commitment.-Sr. Jamie T. Phelps,-OP
The video put flesh on the ISIS crises. It will help me increase my prayers for the end of violence worldwide including the gang and police violence in our urban neighborhoods. War destroys too many lives no matter what forms it takes. -Sr. Jamie T. Phelps,-OP