Iraq

Signs of normal live are slowly returning to the ruins of Mosul. (Kevin Clarke)
Kevin Clarke October 09, 2018
Sunni Muslims who have returned to the gray dusty ruin of West Mosul, Iraq, to start over, but most Christians are convinced that is impossible to ever return to live here.
A Yazidi family in a temporary shelter in Iraq. (Kevin Clarke)
Kevin Clarke October 05, 2018
Few Yazidi families have been able to escape from temporary shelters in Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan. Their home villages have not been swept for mines and booby traps left behind when ISIS was dislodged.
Students attend a new kindergarten in Qaraqosh, Iraq. (Kevin Clarke)
Kevin Clarke October 04, 2018
Qaraqosh’s wary residents who fled ISIS have returned to a city in near ruin, but there are signs of renewed life, including a kindergarten sponsored by the Jesuit Refugee Service.
“Mother Mary” gazes serenely down on the traffic fuming and stalling around her in Ankawa, a suburb of Erbil. (Kevin Clarke)
Kevin Clarke October 02, 2018
Christians in northern Iraq try to rebuild their lives after the defeat of ISIS, but the terror of being driven from their homes is not easily forgotten.
A young Yazidi woman sits with her three children inside a tent for displaced persons in northern Iraq on May 28, 2017. They fled the 2014 ISIS advance in which many Yazidis were killed and others, especially women and children, captured and trafficked by ISIS. (iStock/Joel Carillet)
Jeff Fortenberry September 12, 2018
U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry argues that as beleaguered religious minorities in Iraq hang on for their very survival, the survival of religious pluralism itself is also at stake.
Last fall, as coalition troops broke through the last major strongholds held by the so-called Islamic State, Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech to the advocacy group In Defense of Christians in Washington, D.C. In what attendees said was an unexpected move, he focused a sizable portion of