Tomorrow will be more beautiful

For the first time since ISIS drove all the Christians from Iraq’s Nineveh Plain in 2014, the Christian town of Qaraqosh celebrates Easter after many of its families returned. During this week leading to Easter, we visit Qaraqosh to meet with Christians there. Maryam (27) is a teacher living in Qaraqosh, she and her family are displaced from Mosul. Finding their bearings in a new community is not easy, and Maryam shares her feelings of loneliness and fear.

Maryam lives in Qaraqosh with her husband and her little boy, Toma. She feels lonely and misses her extended family. Originally from Mosul, 27-year-old Maryam is a teacher.
“It’s very hard to live in Iraq, as a Christian, especially in Mosul”, she tells us. “Our life there was so difficult… ”

She and her family left Mosul when it got too hard for Christians. Maryam’s husband is originally from Qaraqosh, and that is how they moved from Mosul to settle down here. But it is difficult to get used to living in a different community. “It’s hard sometimes to be alone,” she says. “I mean, you need family to look after you, to care for you.”

She also worries about the future of her son. “I don’t want him to have to live like us. I hope that my son someday will have a place in this world.”

Hope brings joy

One of the rays of hope in Maryam’s life is her job as a teacher. “I became a teacher because I love teaching children”, she says. “It’s the most noble job in the world. Because we not only teach the children how to write. But we teach them to be positive and how to dream about things that they like.”

When everything around her seems to be dark, Maryam also finds hope in her faith. “There is always hope in God. We believe that tomorrow will bring beautiful things to us, as long as were positive. Hopefully that we live a good life again, as before. So, we’re hoping for the best.”