Hungary’s aid has resulted in entire Christian towns being rebuilt in Iraq, and more recently, Catholic schools in territories previously occupied by Boko Haram being reopened in Nigeria.
Hungarian President Katalin Novák visited Iraq last week, stopping at a majority-Christian town that has been rebuilt in recent years almost entirely with Hungarian support, following years of occupation and devastation by the so-called Islamic State.
Novák, a Reformed Christian, on Dec. 9 toured St. George Chaldean Catholic Church in Telskuf, a predominantly Christian village about 20 miles north of Mosul in the Nineveh Plains which suffered greatly under ISIS occupation beginning in 2014.
The church’s priest, Father Karam Naguib Qasha, gave a brief explanation of the reconstruction work of the church building and damaged houses in the town, and the role of the Hungarian government in achieving the reconstruction, reported ACI Mena, CNA’s Arabic-language news partner.
Since 2017, Hungary has given an outsize proportion of the aid needed for persecuted Christians in Iraq and around the world to rebuild and sustain their livelihood. The country’s Hungary Helps program says it has enabled some 250,000 Christians to remain in their homelands.Hungary Stands Out For Its Aid to Beleaguered Christians in Iraq| National Catholic Register