As Iraqi Christians return to their villages that have been liberated from ISIS, they come home to a sea of destruction including the “desecration” of their holy sites like Churches.
A Twitter user who goes by Aud, who classifies himself as a “Commentary on (Middle East) War, Geopolitical Change & Challenges, Counter-Terrorism, News & Networking” shares a selection of emotional photographs on social media of the reactions and even a church service.
Christians weep as they return to liberated Iraqi village to discover holy sites desecrated. pic.twitter.com/hUhkSdWbkA
— Aüd™ (@CodeAud) November 16, 2016
The first photograph depicts an elderly woman putting her right hand up to her chest, while holding a portrait of Mother Mary with Jesus in the other.
Tears stream down the unidentified woman’s face as she stands in the partially burned down church.
This Christian house of worship shows the devastating side effect of conflict and demonstrates the bitter side effect of war.
Everything including the face of a Christian statue is destroyed, except for the two hands of Jesus placed together symbolizing prayer.
The church congregation praises the Lord in this house of God amidst the destruction.
Iraqi forces and ISIS’s are in their fifth week of fighting for Mosul and the surrounding villages.