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Iraqi Christians eager to rebuild their lives post-IS

Christian families are preparing to return to their homeland in the liberated areas of Iraq, despite a lack of adequate support from the government and security forces.

ERBIL, Iraqi Kurdistan — Touma Youssef, an Iraqi Christian known as Abu Finan, stood for the first time in 2½ years before the front door of his house in the town of Karemlash, east of Mosul.

Sadness filled his eyes as he looked at what was left. Abu Finan, after retiring from the Department of Agriculture in Ninevah province, had spent his time enjoying his own garden, planting various types of flowers and trees.

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