In the summer of 2014 ISIS captured Mosul and the Nineveh Plains, forcing more than 120,000 Christians into exile overnight. For the past three years, they have been hosted by the Chaldean Archdiocese of Erbil in Kurdistan. For three long years, the IDPs have been fed, housed and provided with medical care thanks to the support of faith-based agencies — such as Aid to the Church in Need and the Knights of Columbus, which, combined, contributed well over $70M.
With Mosul recaptured by the Iraqi government in spring 2017 and the earlier ouster of ISIS from the Nineveh Plains, the approx. 90,000 Christian IDPs now have the prospect of returning to their communities on the Nineveh Plains. For that purpose, the Nineveh Reconstruction Committee (NRC) was established in spring 2017. The NRC is comprised of representatives of the three main denominations on the Nineveh Plains: the Chaldean Church, the Syriac-Catholic Church, and the Syriac-Orthodox Church.
Faith-based agencies alone cannot provide the massive funding needed to ensure the reconstruction of the Nineveh Plains—the repair and rebuilding of thousands of family homes as well as schools and hospitals; the repair and reconstruction of the region’s water and electricity infrastructure; and the laying the foundation for the rekindling of the local economy. Equally important is the urgent need for the US and other world governments to ensure the security of the Nineveh Plains.
NRC-USA was created to urgently and persistently petition the US Government to help fund what some refer to as the ‘Marshall Plan’ for the Nineveh Plains. If the US and the world at large, along with Iraq and other regional powers, fail to act, Christianity will disappear from Iraq.