Weekly Media Summary 26 May 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan.

This week’s media summary includes news about the Pope and Trump discussing protection of Christians in Iraq and the perception of refugees as bringing opportunities in Jordan.

 

Iraq

Rudaw: The Pope and Trump discuss protection of Christians in Iraq

Al Monitor: Iraq’s Christians demand reconstruction of religious sites

Iraqi News: Minister: more than 8000 refugees repatriated in Nineveh in 3 days

 

Jordan

Jordan Times: See refugees as ‘opportunity’, not ‘burden’, panellists urge

NRT: Life Remains Tough for Iraqi Refugees in Jordan

Weekly Media Summary 19 May 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan.

This week’s media summary includes news about the construction of Kurdistan’s largest church and a new cutting edge science centre in Jordan.

Iraq

Iraqi News: Migration Minister rejects forcible return of Iraqi externally-displaced refugees

Rudaw: Kurdistan’s largest church constructed in Ainkawa

Jordan

BBC News: Open Sesame: Science centre unveiled in Jordan

Newsweek: King Abdullah: “My friends, we will solve the problems of our region!”

Weekly Media Summary 12 May 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan.

This week’s media summary includes news about life under Isis in Mosul and development projects for refugees in Jordan.

Iraq

The Independent: Life after Isis: People of Mosul tell of horrors under the rule of ‘the devil’s murderers’

The New Arab: Poverty, war, bureaucracy: The obstacles hindering Iraq’s education sector

Jordan

The Jordan Times: Mulki inaugurates development projects in northern governorates

Middle East Online: Jordan looks for new answers to refugee crisis

Weekly Media Summary 5 May 2017

May

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan.

This week’s media summary includes news about the ‘final push’ by Iraqi government forces to take Mosul from ISIS, and a two-day conference in Amman organised by Yarmouk University about the escalating refugee crisis in the Middle East.

Iraq

The Telegraph: Mosul offensive: Iraqi army launches ‘final push’ as army attacks Isil from north-west

Middle East Eye: Iraqi MPs call on Baghdad to block forced returns of Iraqi refugees

Jordan

The Jordan Times: Two-day global conference on refugee-related issues kicks off

Al-Monitor: Jordan’s photography festival captures snapshot of country’s history

 

Weekly Media Summary 28 April 2017

April

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan.

This week’s media summary includes news about the interception of the world’s largest ransom in Iraq and the World Islamic Congress Meeting in Jordan.

Iraq

Independent: Iraq considers next move after intercepting ‘world’s largest’ ransom for kidnapped Qataris

The Telegraph: Isil ‘using foreign fighters for atrocities in Mosul’

Jordan

The Jordan Times: Conference begins to address challenges facing Islamic world

Al Monitor: War of words escalates between Jordan, Iran

 

 

Weekly Media Summary 21 April 2017

April

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan.

This week’s media summary includes news about the ongoing battle for Mosul between ISIS and Iraqi government forces, and a new initiative by IKEA to employ refugees in Jordan to produce handmade goods.

Iraq

Al Jazeera: Iraqi forces ‘make further gains’ against ISIL in Mosul

Gulf News: Iraq ruling coalition opposes Kurdish independence referendum

Jordan

Curbed: IKEA will employ refugees to produce handmade goods in Jordan

The Jordan Times: Muslim youth take initiative to guard churches as Easter celebrated

 

Weekly Media Summary 7 April 2017

April

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan.

This week’s media summary includes news about the plight of Christians in Mosul and Iraqi Kurdistan, and Jordan’s strengthening of ties between the UK and Saudi Arabia.

Iraq

Christian Daily: Mosul Christians still afraid of violence after reconstruction

Iraqi News: Barzani commends Iraqi Christians’ endurance during challenging times

Jordan

Daily Mail: Britain to offer Jordan more trainers in anti-IS strikes

Arab News: Amman talks embodied strong ties between Jordan and Saudi Arabia: King Salman

Weekly Media Summary 31 March 2017

March

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan.

This week’s media summary includes news about the battle for Mosul, with reports that Isis is shooting anyone who tries to flee the city; and news about a two-day meeting of the Arab League in Jordan which concluded with calls for the creation of a Palestinian state, as well as a signed letter condemning Iran for “meddling” in the region.

Iraq

The Guardian: Mosul families trapped on the frontline of the war against Isis: ‘What can we do?’

The Independent: People in besieged Mosul Old City ‘dying of starvation’ as Isis shoots anyone who tries to flee

Jordan

Gulf News: Arab summit convenes in Amman amid pessimism about drastic decisions

Rudaw: Rudaw sees draft resolution from Arab leaders in Amman against Iran

 

A special report from Mosul

November

It is said that every tragedy has a silver lining, but I find it extremely difficult to see one in the midst of what is happening in Mosul. There are bits and pieces of hope – the hopes of broken souls – but can what is broken be glued back together, will it ever be truly the same?

 

We cannot say how much worse the situation will get. So many bad things have happened in this part of Iraq, bad things that have piled on top of each other. With the liberation of Mosul under way, we still cannot classify it as a good thing because there is so much horror still happening within the city. We can hope and pray for something better to come, but things don’t always happen as expected, especially when it is a story of manmade evil; anything can happen.

 

For example, in the first week of fighting, civilians did not leave Mosul for the refugee camps that had been prepared for them outside of the city because it was too dangerous to come that way. That did not happen until a couple of days ago when refugees starting pouring into Khazir in their thousands. Khazir was the first area to be liberated from ISIS – this happened on the first day of battle, Sunday 16th October.

 

Needless to say, the situation for refugees fleeing Mosul and the surrounding villages is inhumane. In Khazir, aid organizations are still not able to reach many people as they are too close to ISIS. It is too dangerous to get to the people there even though they are in dire need of relief. They desperately need basic provisions – food and medical assistance – but we are struggling to get to them. In areas like Makhmour to the south of Mosul, where Debaga camp is, the situation is a bit better. However, a harsh winter is coming and there is already a lack of supplies.

 

It is true that ISIS is being driven out of Mosul and that gives its persecuted population a taste of joy, but its soul has been killed along with its children. The city has mutated into an unrecognisable pile of stones. If these stones could talk, they would cry for all the bloodshed they have witnessed.

 

Some of the Christians have gone back to their villages for the first time in two years to see the destruction in person. If they can, they will try to rebuild their shattered lives. To rebuild Mosul will be difficult. The city’s infrastructure is completely destroyed. It has literally been eaten inside and out; there is an entire tunnel system under the city that can fit a tank.

 

I have witnessed the events since day one. All I can say is that FRRME is and will continue to be there for the victims. They have lost homes, family, and children. A scar has been left on the face of the Earth but with your support and kindness we will do what we can to help feed the persecuted. Kindness is the only currency left and I wish for the day it becomes universal.

 

Dr Sarah Ahmed

Director of Operations in the Middle East

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Amid the horror of the Baghdad bombing, St George’s Clinic endures

July

Last Sunday, a lorry packed with explosives was detonated in the Karrada district of Baghdad. 250 people were killed, with hundreds more wounded. Within hours of the attack, Islamic State claimed responsibility. It was revenge, they said, for the retaking of Falluja by Government forces two weeks prior. As sectarian divisions in Iraq deepen, our clinic in Baghdad, which is situated within the compound of St George’s Church, remains committed to its mission of free, non-sectarian health care.

Established in 2008, St George’s Clinic now treats between 80 and 100 patients every day free of charge. As well as medical care, we also provide dental care and prescriptions. Thanks to your support, the clinic now has its own laboratory and X-Ray machine.

As ever, children are a priority. This week, a young boy called Sajad came into the clinic with severe abdominal pain. He had been vomiting for three months. After a thorough check-up from the clinic’s doctors, Sajad was diagnosed with an abdominal infection, prescribed with the necessary drugs, and is now recovering.

There has never been a more urgent need for humanitarian relief in the Middle East. Please stand with us and support the beleaguered people of Iraq at this difficult time. Below are some key facts about how your donations will help:

FOOD RELIEF

Providing enough food to feed a family of 4 for one week
= £4 per week (USD $6)

MEDICAL AND DENTAL CARE 

We provide services to an average of 80 – 100 patients each day
Doctor’s appointment & treatment = £28 per visit ($42)
Dentist’s appointment & treatment = £22 per visit ($32)

If you would like to help, you can make a 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.

Thank you,

The FRRME Team
 

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