On August 6, 2014, the town of Bartella, a nearby town of Qaraqosh, located in the heart of the Nineveh Plains, fell into the hands of the Islamic State. With it, over 80,000 people fled their native land, the cradle of Christianity.

For three years, the inhabitants of these cities are trying to survive as best they can. Some leave the country while others find refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan cities with the hope of returning to their towns and villages.

In October 2017 the miracle happens! The cities of Qaraqosh, Karamles and Bartella are released by Iraqi liberation forces supported by the coalition. Arriving at the scene, the Iraqis, although happy to find their homes, their life before, can only see with horror the damage caused by war.

Everything needs to be rebuilt... but it is impossible for the families that have only ruins to return to and what hope do they have to rebuild without money. In the absence of access to state loans or banks, these populations, although filled with hope, are at a standstill.

Zaid, 51, resident of Bartella

Here we have nothing. Our town, our houses, our churches, our shops, everything was destroyed by the soldiers of the caliphate. I'm out of work. Reopening my garage is impossible because it was partially destroyed by shellfire.

Affected by this situation, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient has set up a system of solidarity loans for the inhabitants of Bartella. They will have access to funds to rebuild their businesses or simply to build a trade, so their families can live.

Thanks to your donations, many solidarity loans have already been granted to the artisans of the Nineveh Plains. This system has enabled Baraq to begin sheep farming in Teleskuf. This young breeder took refuge in Sharafyia for two and a half years. "With the money of the loan, I was able to buy 25 sheep” he said.

Today, his sheep breeding business is thriving and allows him to employ two full-time shepherds. Hussam, for his part, reopened his bakery after three years of closure and again experienced joy and pride in his work.

Don't wait any longer, help the Christian families in need.

A solidarity loan to revive the economic activity of a craftsman costs between EUR 1600 – EUR 4000.



Volunteering is a commitment for a defined period. The volunteer is committed to a mission to serve others. To volunteer at SOS Chrétiens d’Orient you must:

- be older than 18 years old

- stay for a minimum for 1 month

- being in good physical shape

- have parental agreement for a possible departure

"I ask you to be revolutionary. Have the courage to go to counter-current. And also have the courage to be happy!" Pope Francis, July 28, speech to the volunteers of the WYD, Rio de Janeiro.

"I ask you to be revolutionaries. Have the courage to go against the grain. And have the courage to be happy!"

Pope Francis,

July 28, speech to WYD volunteers, Rio de Janeiro.