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Christians walking from the busses to the church for the Easter celebration. The church is damaged, but cleaned and the bells ring.

A convoy of about 15 buses travelled from Erbil, crossing several Kurdish and Iraqi army checkpoints to reach the church. The people still live in Erbil and cannot go back to Bartella to live or to rebuild. But for this day many take the chance to celebrate Easter in their own church again.

Steven, proudly ringing the church bells over the village of Bartella. 

Clock tower and cross of the Mart Shmoni church in Bartella.

Shot inside the church through a broken window.

Happy smiling woman. Christians singing, praying and celebrating Easter in the Mart Shmoni church.

Boy looking at a burning candle in church. 

Womens choir, singing. Christians singing, praying and celebrating Easter in the Mart Shmoni church.

Christians singing, praying and celebrating Easter in the Mart Shmoni church.

Cross in the wall completely damaged and by ISIS.