Ainkawa Mall | Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan

Since June 2014, Erbil Governorate (Iraqi Kurdistan) hosts thousands of Iraqi IDPs forced to flee their hometowns finding refuge in the autonomous norther region that has become a haven for persecuted religious minorities. Families now must face a life of hardship in camps, in tents, or in informal settlements where access to services and aid is not always ensured.

On the outskirts of Ankawa a shopping mall escaped to its profit destiny becoming instead a shelter for 400 families of IDPs, mostly Christians belonging to the Chaldean, Syriac Orthodox and Catholic Church of Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Plain.

At the beginning of 2015, the families hosted in Ankawa Mall were reallocated to caravans in the Ashti II camp managed entirely by the Church.

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