Iraq has been in the grip of intense fighting since the Islamic State organisation swept across the region capturing swathes of territory in Northern Iraq and Eastern Syria. According to the International Organisation for Migration, 2.8 million Iraqis have been internally displaced since January 2014. Many of these people are now living in UN camps in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan or are being sheltered by churches.
FRRME has been providing emergency relief in Northern Iraq since July 2014 when the crisis began. We have been providing food packages, water, clothing, bedding and medical assistence for thousands of IDPs. FRRME regularly supports established churches such as the Armenian and Syrian Orthodox Churches which are assisting Christian IDPs.
Here is a breakdown of how your donations help in Iraq
We provide monthly emergency food relief to 5,500 IDP families, of which 4,500 are Christian (approximately 25,000 of the 33,000 people we support). This is broken down as follows:
- 3,500 Syrian Orthodox Christian families being served through the Syrian Orthodox Church.
- 207 Arminian Christian families being served through the Arminian Church Partnership.
- 200 families are being served (the majority of them Christian) through other local partnerships on the ground.
- 1,000 families are being served monthly through our Food Packages project. This comprises a mixed group, including Christians, Shabaks, Yezidis and Muslims.
FRRME is actively establishing partnerships with local medical teams, committed to long term trauma counselling programmes. This will assist victims of enforced marriage such as Luai’s aunt, to begin the slow recovery, so that she can feel again and be a part of her family and community.