In Erbil, a school for “that knowledge outweighs barbarism”

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin was in Iraqi Kurdistan on 28 June for the inauguration of St. Irenaeus, a school financed by French donors and intended for displaced children . Photo credits: Édouard de Mareschal / Le Figaro

Feature – A year after the fall of Mosul, Christians displaced camps have become part of the landscape in Iraqi Kurdistan . Sign mobilization is not fading, a school opened by Cardinal Barbarin will be hosting 900 children next September. But over time, despair threatens the displaced.

Monseigneur Barbarin rayon. Tossed in a cloud of Roman collar, pressed by the cameras, he reviews the rooms of the new St. Irenaeus school. In the room dedicated to computers, Cardinal sits behind a computer screen still shrink-wrapped. “Come on, I’ll write an email to my Iraqi brothers,” he begins. Abouna Majeeb laughed good heart and guide the host to the result of the visit. Starting next school year, these classrooms will welcome 900 children of all denominations in the Christian neighborhood of Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. Built of prefabricated on land donated by the Kurdish governorate, they have cost 400,000 euros. Made just three months, …

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