Qaraqosh used to be the biggest Christian town in Iraq but now it only has about seven Christian families left after the Islamic State ravaged the country's northern region, according to Franklin Graham.
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In a Facebook post on Easter Sunday, Rev. Graham described his recent visit to Qaraqosh including the present state of a church in that area. During his visit there with NBC News anchor Greta Van Susteren, he found out that ISIS had shot down the crosses from the church walls and had used the pulpit for target practice, The Christian Post details.
"Yesterday we went to the city of Qaraqosh, in Iraq, which used to be home to some 50,000 Christians who were forced to flee for their lives in 2014," said Graham in his post on Facebook. "Now just a handful, about 7 families, remain."
Graham said he visited a church in Qaraqosh which was torched down by ISIS and also met the pastor there. He found one of their Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes lying there covered in ashes and wondered about the child who received that present.
In addition, Graham and Van Susteren found burnt pages from the Bible which were also featured the latter's NBC video report. Reflecting on the damage that ISIS inflicted upon the church, the evangelist said the destroyed buildings can be reconstructed but the Church is still being persecuted.
Over the weekend, Reuters reported that the Christians are slowly making their way back to Qaraqosh after ISIS was driven out of the town. Although they are anxious about their security, they are still hoping that they will be able to co-exist peacefully with the Muslims currently residing there.
The families who have braved their fears to return to Qaraqosh are currently trying to rebuild their Christian life there. However, even though they want to stay there for good, they can only stay for a couple of days to fix their burnt homes because of the limited water and power supply.