Greetings from the USA, we have been here for the past week having a whole variety of meetings in Washington DC, mainly with US government officials relating to the nature of our work in the present crisis. It has been a very productive visit and we are sure that it will have long term results for our work both in Iraq and internationally.
One of the highlights of the trip was the meeting yesterday with Dr Casey, the Special Advisor to the Secretary of State for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Dr Casey is very much behind our work and hopes to come and visit us in Baghdad in the coming weeks.
Another highlight of the trip was the presentation to me yesterday of the Anne Frank Award for Religious Tolerance. This was a very major event organised by the Government of Holland, and the response from the US and Dutch governments was very positive. It was a very good event with many dignitaries present who very graciously recognised my role in peace-making in the Middle East, acknowledging the very considerable risks that I had taken. It meant a lot to me that this award was in memory of Anne Frank, a young girl who epitomises the international role in working for religious freedom having personally given her life in search for the freedom of religion.
Today I move on to a series of meetings in New York and then tomorrow fly to Dallas for more meetings and interviews on Daystar television.
Thank you for your continued support for the persecuted Christians in Iraq, what we have been able to do in relief and reconciliation has truly been outstanding and more than we ever thought was possible. I thank you sincerely for all your efforts in this regard. We will continue in our work, there are approximately 1.8 million IDPs in Iraq now and we aim to continue trying to help as much as possible. If you are able to watch Daystar television please do so, particularly on Friday and Saturday when you will be able to hear a lot more about what is happening.
With every blessing,
Canon Andrew White