By Maria Lozano
“Hope is coming back to the Nineveh Plains” reports the Middle East section head of the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) after returning from a fact-finding mission from the Iraqi Christian villages liberated last November from ISIS. Fr Andrzej Halemba, stated that, “despite the many urgent questions that need clarification, people are willing to return to their villages”. When asked about the nature of these urgent questions Fr. Halemba referred to the concerns of illegal property appropriations of the abandoned homes, an investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in the destruction of Christian houses and for those Christian families who contemplate going home, the ongoing security fears of violence from isolated militant and fundamentalists who do not wish to see the Christians return.