Aid to the Church in Need’s Fr Andrzej Halemba, who is chairing the NRC, described why now is the time to start rebuilding.
He said: “This is a decisive historical moment. If we now miss the opportunity to help the Christians return to their homes on the Plains of Nineveh, these families might well decide to leave Iraq forever.
That would be an enormous tragedy. The presence of the Christians in this region is of vital importance, and not only historically, but also politically and culturally.”