From top: Bishop Francesco Cavina of Carpi, Italy, meets with a Syriac Orthodox family who have been in the Dawudiya Refugee Camp near Duhok for 14 months. Haney, an 86-year-old Syriac Catholic, was kidnapped along with her son by Islamic State forces. After being released, they fled to Duhok then to Dawudiya, in Iraqi Kurdistan. Sadalla and his family fled from his town outside Mosul to escape from ISIS. They have taken refuge at the catechesis center in Mangesh for more than two years. ‘God willing, we’ll be able to go back to our home town soon. Until ISIS invaded, we lived with Muslims and Yazidis without any problems.’ Illuminated crosses adorn almost every caravan at the Asti 2 refugee camp in Ankawa, Erbil, Iraq, the largest Christian camp in Kurdistan.
– Edward Pentin photos
ERBIL, Iraq — The look in Haney’s eyes reflect both the horror she had experienced and the uncertain future that she faces.
Still visibly frightened and bewildered, the 86-year-old Syriac Catholic recalled how members of the Islamist terrorist organization ISIS raided her house at gunpoint near Mosul, Iraq, in the middle of the night in August 2014 and then proceeded to kidnap both Haney and her son, who looks after her.
A day or so later, they released them, letting them fend for themselves with a little money and almost no belongings. They immediately fled, taking taxis and hitching rides, reaching the Kurdish-controlled town of Duhok, 50 miles north of Mosul, and then ending up at the...READ MORE