‘Joy soaked in tears’ —

15 Jan

For Iraq’s Christians, a bittersweet first Christmas home after Isis takeover

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“Our community has been gutted,” said Firas Abdelwahid, a 76-year-old former state oil employee, of the thousands who have sought permanent shelter overseas. Watching children play by the church bonfire, he felt melancholy.

“But what do we expect? The past is tragic, the present is desperate and well, there is no future for us Christians in Iraq.”

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