Iraq – Baghdad and Kurdistan – An Update from FRRME’s Projects Director in Iraq, Dr Sarah Ahmed

August

Things in Iraq are not getting any better. In the south of the country, there are huge problems – non-stop protests and an uprising against government corruption. There is no infrastructure and nothing works – no electricity and no clean water. In the north of the country, in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, the situation is no better. Electricity only comes on for six hours a day, prices for everything are extremely high, and people haven’t been paid in months. Not to mention the ongoing threat from ISIS. But FRRME is persevering in its amazing work.

Dr Sarah Ahmed with displaced Iraqi children in Kurdistan

Dr Sarah Ahmed with displaced Iraqi children in Kurdistan

In the south, we have a brilliant relief program which provides food and medical treatment for families. FRRME’s clinic at St. George’s Church in Baghdad continues to offer free daily medical care, as well as emergency operations for people who desperately need them. We are also providing living expenses for people looking after family members with severe physical or learning disabilities. In addition, we are providing rented accommodation for those who have been made homeless as a result of sectarian violence and persecution.

In the north, it is a bigger and more complex situation. With ISIS on the ground, thousands of Iraqi Christians, Yazidis and Muslims from the region have become Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and the needs are enormous. FRRME’s medical relief program in the north is providing vital treatments, from chronic illness prescriptions for the elderly to lice and scabies medicine for the children. FRRME also provides food packages on a monthly basis to those living in the camps.

Sarah IDPs 3

In addition to the relief work, FRRME is working with other church organisations to provide an education for the children. Currently, we have a small school that has been in operation for the past eight months and we now have a summer school that hosts around 150 students. The teachers are all IDPs themselves and are keen, despite their situation, to help out. We also have a housing program which is providing shelter for thousands of people and, wherever possible, we are creating jobs and volunteer opportunities in the camps for those who want to help.

One of our more sensitive and important projects involves taking care of the Yazidi and Christian girls that were taken by ISIS. After being freed, these girls have nothing, and they come to us with all kinds of medical issues, from pregnancy to psychological trauma. We are doing what we can to help care for these girls and help them to recover from the terrible violence they have experienced.

Thanks to your kind support, prayers and generous donations, FRRME continues to make a positive impact. If you would like to support our work in Iraq, you can do so by visiting the donate page on this website.

Peace and love,

Dr Sarah Ahmed

Director of Operations in Iraq

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