>> A sure sign that Islamic State are gone. Shops are once again selling alcohol. Iraqi Christians are slowly trickling back to Qaraqosh, a town that was ransacked by militants.>>
> This man says when he returned, his shop was burned out. His is one of a few businesses that have reopened here.
The Christians here have mixed feelings about the future of their ancient community. The town is about 20 kilometers from the front line with Islamic State in the northern city of Mosul. In the destroyed churches, Christians are busy removing graffiti left behind by the Sunni Muslim militants during two and a half years of control.
But new slogans have appeared, scrawled by Shiite members of the Iraqi forces fighting street to street with the jihadists in Mosul. Once home to 50,000 people, only a handful of families have returned permanently. Army and police have tried to ease fears by stationing soldiers in front of churches and even helping Christian volunteers to set up a massive cross at the town's entrance.
Whether more Christians will follow depends on whether the security forces can win their trust.