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.
The ancient Markorkis Church in the village of Bartella in the Nineveh Plains, has re-opened its doors for worshipers returning to their area. The Church was rehabilitated by the Iraqi Government, donors, and civil society organisations.
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.
Iraqi Christians are now able to go to the St George Church in Bartella, east of Mosul, after its restoration. The Church found in the Nineveh Plains is considered one of the first to be reconstructed after the area was liberated from ISIS in 2017.
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.
In the multicultural city of Mardin in southeastern Turkey, a Syrian refugee made her life taking care of the Syriac Mor Petrus and Mor Pavlus church. The refugee who arrived in Mardin in 2016 says it is hard for her to return to Syria.