After two and a half years in exile, displaced Christian families finally believe they can attempt a return home. Teleskuf is battered and bruised, marked by the intense fighting as the forces of the Islamic State Organization fought both the Iraqi army and the Kurdish Army in a series of deadly battles for possession of this town. In spite the war wounds inflicted upon it, this Christian village is finally ready to welcome the return of its inhabitants.
These families defy the past and are determined to turn the page on the last painful years. But what is the future for these families? We are forced to look further, to understand what will happen after their resettlement.
A major problem is that of access to drinking water. Violent clashes have destroyed roads and water tanks have been poisoned by toxic substances. There are four wells outside the city which could provide water to the village, but the cost is so exorbitant it is prohibitive and not a workable solution.
SOS Chrétiens d’Orient has undertaken to provide each family with filter system worth 70 euros per unit, or 7000 euros for the one hundred families who want to return in the future. The situation is urgent as without this guarantee of water, families will not want to return, however, if water tanks are guaranteed these families can then really begin to believe that this first step towards return can be a reality. Many families have returned thanks to your help and in the future can follow them.
Thanks to your generosity, you have made their hope a reality: it is not 100 but finally 420 filters that have been distributed to families. Many families have been given two filters.