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28th August, 2018

Iraqi town rebuilt from Hungarian funds

A Christian town in Iraq devastated by the Islamic State has been renovated from a nearly €2 million Hungarian donation.

Local residents renamed the town as a sign of their gratitude, calling it Tell-Askuf – Daughter of Hungary, Magyar Idők reports.

PMO undersecretary for helping persecuted Christians Tristan Azbej said Hungary has spent nearly Ft 4.5 billion in the past 18 months to help persecuted Christians so that they should not have to leave their homeland.

Some 1,300 Christian families fled the town when the Islamic State took it over in 2014. An estimated 900 buildings were damaged in the fighting.

About 1,000 families have already returned to their domicile, according to the report.

Sources regularly consulted, with abbreviations used in text: Népszabadság (N); Magyar Hírlap (MH); Világgazdaság (VG); Napi Gazdaság (NG); Magyar Nemzet (MN); Népszava (Nsz); Kossuth Rádió news (KR); nightly TV news (TV).

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