Christians in the Nineveh Plains feel a sense of joy during Christmas celebrations despite the destruction of their homes under ISIS. Residents confirmed that they have the determination and will, to bring life back to their areas.
The High Committee for National Conciliation in coordination with the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) have held a festival in Bashiqa to promote ethno-religious harmony amongst the different groups living in the Nineveh Plains.
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.
Sufi Muslims in Mosul were banned from practicing their rituals in Mosul during ISIS' reign. However, after the liberation of the city, Sufis have been enjoying their freedom to practice their rituals in Mosul.
The French 'Brothers in Iraq' organisation is set to renovate Iraq's oldest church, al-Tahira, which dates back to the first millennium. During ISIS' reign, the militant group destroyed the historic church.
An Institute for Coexistence and Peace has been opened in the Iraqi city of Najaf. Institutions aimed at promoting adherence to the rule of law regardless of ethnic and religious denominations are gaining more legitimacy in Iraq.