Fl-Iraq: Insaħħu n-nisa biex huma jsaħħu t-tfal u l-familja. Minnhom tissaħħaħ il-komunità. Jista’ dan ikun mudell għal pajjiżna?
Wara l-okkupazzjoni tal-Iraq mill-ISIS, nisa Insara minn dan il-pajjiż kienu mistiedna biex jieħdu sehem f’laqgħa mifruxa fuq tliet ijiem li matulhom jkunu mogħtija għajnuna u appoġġ spiritwali. Il-laqgħha kienet ispirata mill-festa ġdida ta’ Marija Omm il-Knisja li l-Papa Franġisku daħħal riċentement fil-kalendarju liturġiku u li tkun ċelebrata kull sena l-għada ta’ Għid il-Ħamsin.
Fr Roni Momika kien ordnat saċerdot f’kamp tar-refuġjati wara li fl-2014 kellu jaħrab minn Qaraqosh minħabba l-okkupazzjoni tal-ISIS. Illum huwa jmexxi grupp ta’ nisa fil-Knisja ta’ San Efrem li kienet ġiet maħruqa u vandalizzata mill-ISIS.
“Għandna bosta diffikultajiet,” qal Fr Momika. “Nixtiequ insaħħu mill-ġdid lin-nisa għaliex jekk tibni lilhom tibni wkoll lit-tfal u lill-familja. Mill-familja, imbagħad tissaħħaħ ukoll il-komunità”.
Sal-2014, Qaraqosh, li kienet magħrufa bħala l-kapitali Nisranija tal-Iraq (forsi kien għalek li l-ISIS vandalizzawha b’dak il-mod) kellha popolazzjoni ta’ madwar 50,000. Il-maġġoranza tagħhom ħarbu f’lejl wieħed u l-biċċa l-kbira marru jgħixu f’kamp għar-refuġjati f’Erbil.
Skont Fr Momika, minn dawn issa madwar 20,000 reġgħu lura u llum qed jippruvaw jibnu ħajjithom mill-ġdid.
Ara aktar dettalji detallji hawn taħt f’din il-kitba li waslitilna fil-11 ta’ Awwissu 2018 mis-sit, “A Moment with Mary”
Iraqi women rebuilding their lives after ISIS occupation were invited to a three-day gathering aimed, according to organizers, at empowering Christian women and offering them spiritual support. Held April 27-29 in Qaraqosh, the event drew inspiration from the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, added recently to the Church’s calendar by Pope Francis.
Fr. Roni Momika, who was ordained a priest in a refugee camp after fleeing Qaraqosh when ISIS took over in 2014, leads a weekly women’s group at St Ephraim Church in Qaraqosh, which was burned and vandalized by ISIS but which has slowly started functioning as a normal parish again. …
Momika said he has focused on supporting women “because they are the base of the community.” – “Everything is difficult here and we want to rebuild the woman before we rebuild the houses,” he said. “If you rebuild the woman, you can rebuild the children, and when you rebuild the children, you can rebuild the family, and after that we can rebuild the community here in Qaraqosh,” he said.
Qaraqosh, formerly known as the Christian capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, had a population of nearly 50,000 before ISIS attacked in 2014, prompting the majority of inhabitants to flee in a single night. Most ended up living in crowded refugee camps in Erbil.
According to Momika, some 20,000 people have returned since the city was liberated in 2016, most of whom belong to the Syriac Catholic rite. Many of these families are trying to establish a new normal in their lives, from the practical to the spiritual. …
A special icon of Mary was written for the occasion, which was done by a local artist who dressed the Virgin in the traditional clothes of women from Qaraqosh.
On the final day of the gathering, the Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk and Kurdistan, Youhanna Boutros Moshe, celebrated Mass and led attendees in a procession to the city’s cathedral.
“We want to send a message that ISIS burned the stone but they cannot burn the soul and they cannot burn Christianity and our faith,” he added. “Our faith is big [in] our Jesus Christ and his Mother, the Virgin Mary. This is the message,” Momika added.