We are funding 42 students at the new Catholic University in Erbil

December

The American arm of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East will be funding 42 students at the new Catholic University in Erbil, Northern Iraq. Below is a short video (in Sorani Kurdish) which gives you some idea of what the university looks like. 42 students represents 100% of the internally displaced people attending the university.

The university is a non-profit institution which is open to students of all faiths, cultures and beliefs. Its educational mission is clear: “Students are challenged to engage directly in the world and learn the habits that will support a life of service to our fellow citizens, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the community.” It is thanks to you, our supporters, that we are able to support these students.

An update on the humanitarian crisis in Northern Iraq
 
 

The campaign to oust Islamic State from Mosul is in its ninth week. Recent new reports assert that Iraqi government forces have retaken a quarter of the city, however thousands of civilians, many of them women and children, are still trapped. Since the fighting began, the UN estimates that 91,000 people have been displaced.

This harrowing report in The Independent tells of the unspeakable cruelty suffered by civilians in Mosul at the hands of Islamic State: “Infractions were punished by fines, flogging, amputations and death by a variety of gory execution methods including shooting, beheading, drowning, stoning and – reportedly – being roasted alive in a commercial oven.” Many of the victims were Christian.

We are continuing to feed thousands of people in the IDP camps of Northern Iraq, including Khazir Camp on the outskirts of Mosul. Temperatures are set to drop to below zero this week and many of the people we are helping do not even have shoes. If you would like to help us provide for these people, please see the giving options below.

How you can help

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 The Winter Crisis Appeal for Iraqi Refugees by clicking here.

Thank you,

The FRRME Team
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