As Christians return to Mosul following liberation from ISIS, the Catholic-Syriac diocese of Mosul held a mass to celebrate St. Thomas's Day, inviting people of all faiths in the city to re-establish peaceful co-existence.
Since the night of December 24, most countries in the Arab world began celebrating Christmas and the arrival of the new year. The celebrations may look similar but each country has its own customs and traditions that sometimes differ from a neighboring country.
A schism has developed between the Kurdish authorities in the Syrian northeast and the Syriac Christians, after the latter shut down over a dozen schools run by the Kurds. The schism reflects broader fissure between those supporting formal state institutions and those defending parallel bodies developed by the Kurds.
Christians were a primary target for ISIS, who had driven away Assyrians and Armenians from their homes in Nineveh Province. As a result, an artist launched an exhibition in Erbil which seeks to commemorate their displacement and suffering under ISIS rule.
In an open letter addressed to the Iraqi Parliament, the Chaldean-Assyrian Syriac community said that their constituency has been exploited as election tools by various groups. The letter also expresses the community's concern over the current electoral quota for the Kurdish parliament ahead of the Kurdistan elections.