Christians, Muslims in Iraq march together for peace and harmony | Pakistan News Digest

Christians, Muslims in Iraq march together for peace and harmony

Ankawa City, Iraq (IINA) - Christians and Muslims in Iraq set out for a 140 km walk through the Nineveh Plain, a region in Iraq's Nineveh Governorate to the north and east of the city Mosul, in the name of peace and the end of violence in a once mostly Christian inhabited area.

During the week-long journey, participants will pray for the rebirth of these abandoned towns as well as for peace and for the will to overcome all forms of violence. The march aims to sow the seeds for a new the beginning of healing for a population torn apart by conflict and violence, Vatican Radio reported.

An estimated 100 people from Iraqi and other countries are expected to walk through these historic lands. The peace march is supported by the Chaldean Patriarchate, which declared 2017 as the Year of Peace.

The march started in Ankawa, a suburb of Erbil city in northern Iraq on Sunday. The March will continue through the Week and will end in Qaradosh, close to the ruins of the Assyrian cities of Nimrud and Nineveh, about 32km from the city of Mosul.

The Nineveh Plain is filled with ancient, religious sites. When the area was captured by so-called ISIS terrorists in the summer of 2014, historic architecture and archaeological remains, including the UNESCO world heritage site Hatra, were destroyed. Part of the territory was liberated in November 2016 by Iraqi forces. However, many towns and villages occupied by Christians were abandoned.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

   

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