Sister Ilham offers children a safe place near Mosul


“In 2016, around six thousand people had to leave Telleskuf. When I returned to this area, all the houses were abandoned and many of them were destroyed. In Telleskuf a lot of buildings have been reduced to rubble. The school and the children’s home have been obliterated, the doors of the convent were forced open and the nuns’ residence was robbed.”

The Dominican Sisters started the restoration of their convent in Telleskuf located 19 miles from Mosul, in May. “I worked from7 a.m. until 7 p.m. to make the content ready for the children.” This does not only refer to the place and equipment. It has also to do with the handling of emotions: “We have day-care for children who are three, four and five years old. From 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. we host around one hundred and fifty children, aged six to twelve, and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. we welcome the children who are twelve years old and older. We also visit the people of the community at home and teach the children catechism: we prepare them for their first communion. Before the invasion of IS five sisters worked in the convent, but now there are just two of us. Luckily, we will generic soma online receive backup soon.”

A safe place for the children

Instead of looking back, Sister Ilham now tries to look ahead: “I am glad to see people return to their houses and getting on with their lives,” says Sister Ilham smiling. “It is a shame that the government has barely restored the road – they should contribute more to the rebuilding of the villages and cities. However, our biggest concern is safety in this area. Our first priority is the children. They have been changed since IS took over:  by the increase in fighting, I can tell that they have become more nervous and more aggressive.” There is still plenty that is missing but as Sister Ilham stands to leave she shares a final consolation in the midst of such destruction: “Everyone is trying their best to live with each other harmoniously. We try to help the children by giving them peace: at the convent, we offer them a safe place.”

ACN supported the restoration of Our Lady of Rosary convent for the Dominican Sisters of St Catherine of Siena in Telusquf (Telleskuf) with € 45. 000


Jaco Klamer – ACN International