Christmas cheer in Baghdad

There is nothing unusual about a Christmas fair in a Church in December. Only this time, there is. It’s in Baghdad. A city in a country both torn apart by sectarian violence.

But this year Caritas Iraq’s volunteers organized such a bazaar. A sign of peace in a troubled land.

The Caritas Charity Market ran from the 5 to 7 December at the Church of St Georgis in Baghdad. The market was aimed at bringing different communities together and to raise money to help families made homeless during the conflict.

Volunteers ran the event, which provided food and clothes to the poor. Entertainment was laid on and children received gifts. The party was inaugurated by bishops and priests and people from Iraq’s different parties.

Everyone felt it was a great success. A bit of normalcy has returned to Iraq.

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Filed under Conflicts and Disasters, Emergencies, Iraq, Middle East & North Africa, Peacebuilding

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