Thousands of people continue to flee the war-torn streets of western Mosul. This week, there has been heavy fighting around the Grand Mosque where Islamic State’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaimed himself Caliph in July 2014. According to the latest UN figures, over 195,000 people from Mosul are currently being sheltered in 21 camps on the outskirts of the city.
Two children recently arrived at Chamakor camp in eastern Mosul
The situation in Iraqi Kurdistan to the east of Mosul is comparatively stable but there are still a huge number of IDPs living there. Our team on the ground this week visited a camp in Ankawa, a suburb north of Erbil. The camp shelters approximately 5,500 people, mostly Christian, which includes more than 2,000 children. With your support, we provided 600 school children (age 10 – 16) with new clothes.
Iraqi Christian children at Ankawa IDP camp receiving shirts given to them by our team on the ground
Dr Sarah Ahmed, FRRME’s Director of Operations in the Middle East, also opened a new football pitch in Harsham camp which is next to Ankawa. The camp’s occupants are predominately Muslim, with IDPs coming from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. As well as supporting this football project, we continue to support an all-girls school in the camp which educates 30 girls between the ages of 11 – 14.
Iraqi IDPs playing football in Harsham camp
Support for our work
Thanks to St Simon’s in Southsea for their support of our work this Lent. Despite having to raise money for repairs to their church, the congregation has also committed to raising funds for the care of persecuted Christians in Iraq.
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Alternatively, you can make a donation to The Winter Crisis Appeal for Iraqi Refugees by clicking here.