Bombs in Baghdad but we are still there

St George’s Clinic

As Mosul is slowly retaken by Iraqi government forces, ISIS cells are ramping up attacks in Baghdad. In the month of April, sectarian violence claimed the lives of 317 people and caused injuries to 403 others in the city. This week, an employee of the Education Ministry was killed when an improvised explosive device was detonated in the Abu Ghraib district. Despite these attacks, Dr Sarah Ahmed, our Director of Operations in the Middle East, visited St George’s Church where we are fully funding a health clinic.

Dr Sarah Ahmed at St George’s Church clinic in Baghdad

The clinic is still run by Dr Duhair who is in charge of a team of 17 medical staff which includes 5 Physicians and 4 Dentists. The clinic provides basic medical care, diagnostic services, minor surgeries, orthopedic care, obstetrics and gynecology, dental operations and free prescriptions. It continues to treat 80-100 patients every day, regardless of age, gender or religion. The medical practice and medicines are all approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Health but the clinic itself is run entirely on donations.

Dr Duhair at St George’s clinic in Baghdad

Iraq’s healthcare system is in desperate need of money. Much of the healthcare currently being provided, particularly in the north of the country, is through international organisations such as Doctors Without Borders. However, the clinic at St George’s provides a unique opportunity to partner with local Iraqi healthcare professionals already in post.

The average cost of medical appointments is £28 / $36. The average cost of dental appointments is £22 / $28. The clinic continues to be in high demand and as of January 2017, there is a 2 week waiting list for an initial consultation.

Welcome to our newest team member!

 

A very special welcome to Helena Scott, who joins us as Project Officer in Jordan. Helena will be assisting the Iraqi Christian refugees who have fled Mosul and the Nineveh Plain and who are now living in Amman. Helena has an impressive CV and speaks Arabic. Click on the image below to read an article in the Episcopal News Service about her appointment:

As ever, your donations make all the difference. There have been very tentative moves this week from a handful of Christians to move back to Qaraqosh, a predominately Christian town 20 miles from Mosul. However, the vast majority are still languishing in church compounds in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, or are stranded waiting for asylum in Jordan and other Arab countries. If you would like to help them, please see the giving options at the bottom of this update.

Making a donation to support our work

If you are a UK resident, you can make a single or regular donation via our website by clicking here.

American supporters can make a donation via our sister organisation, FRRME America, by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can make a donation to our emergency appeal by clicking here.

UK residents can also make a donation via text message by following the instructions below:

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The FRRME Team
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