Weekly Media Summary 17 November 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 reports about Iraqi spies infiltrating Isis and a first of its kind refugee newspaper in Zaatari camp in Jordan.

Iraq

Independent: Iraqi spies have infiltrated Isis ‘sleeper cells’ to prevent future terror attacks, says minister

The New Arab: Miss Iraq, Miss Israel ‘peace and love’ selfie causes mixed response online

Jordan

The Jordan Times: Newspaper by refugees for refugees in Zaatari camp

Al Monitor: Jordan photo exhibition displays hope for victims of war, violence

Verse of the Day

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path (Psalm 119:105 NIV)

EMERGENCY PRAYER REQUEST – IRAQ EARTHQUAKE

As if the people of Iraq didn’t have enough to cope with, now they have been hit by the deadliest earthquake this year. The quake, which measured 7.3 on The Richter Scale, occurred on the border between Iraq and Iran. Over 400 people  are thought to have perished, with an estimated 7,000 injured.

Eyewitnesses compared the quake to a “huge bomb”. There have also been reports of women and babies being pulled from the rubble. In Iraq, the Kurdish region has been worst hit. Our relief operation is based there, as are some of our staff and volunteers.

We ask our supporters for the following prayers:

  • Pray for the victims of the earthquake, the injured and their families.
  • Pray the emergency services are able to rescue those still trapped beneath the rubble.
  • Pray for a cessation of violence while those affected are given vital assistance.
  • Pray our team on the ground can continue delivering emergency aid to the most needy.

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The FRRME Team

Weekly Media Summary 10 November 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 rise of Shia militias in post-ISIS Iraq and an upcoming anti-ISIS conference in Jordan.

Iraq

The New Arab: The Iraq Report: Simmering insurgency looms as IS rolled back

Independent: Arbaeen: Millions of Shia Muslims take part in world’s greatest pilgrimage as Isis is finally defeated

Jordan

The Jordan Times: Amman to host anti-Daesh coalition’s meeting

Al Bawaba: Jordan to Build Largest Ever Solar Plant in a Refugee Camp Worldwide

Verse of the Day

God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ Job 37:5-6 NIV

Weekly Media Summary 3 November 2017

November

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 the second part of Patrick Cockburn’s special report on Kirkuk and an op-ed in Al Bawaba News which highlights the growing tension between the Jordanian government and EU on the issue of Syrian refugees.

Iraq

Independent: How the Kurds lost Iraq: ‘They had tanks and planes and we had no chance’

Reuters: Iraq not equipped to try Islamic State’s atrocities in Mosul: UN

Jordan

Al Bawaba News: Opinion: Jordan’s Government Must Encourage Refugees to Return Home

The Jordan Times: Empowering refugees and absorbing them

Verse of the Day

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. (Romans 13:1 NIV)

Weekly Media Summary 20 October 2017

October

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 escalating conflict between the Iraqi Government and the Kurds, and a feature about why Jordan is deporting Syrian refugees.

Iraq

Independent: Kurds face transformation of Iraq’s political map as they lose territory in face of government advance

The Guardian: Iraq’s Kurds have overplayed their hand. Now both sides must talk

Jordan

The Atlantic: Why Jordan is Deporting Syrian Refugees

Al Bawaba News: Can Amman really become the Middle East’s most creative City? A look at Amman Design Week 2017

Verse of the Day

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.” Psalm 51:12 NIV

EMERGENCY PRAYER REQUEST

October

Dear FRRME supporter,

Following the Kurdish independence referendum on 25 September, tensions between the Kurdish Regional Government in Erbil and the Government of Iraq in Baghdad have escalated into a full-blown military standoff.

This week, the Iraqi army seized the oil-rich city of Kirkuk in the north of the country (which had been under Kurdish control). There are also reports that a Baghdad-backed militia has taken control of Sinjar, a town in the predominantly Christian province of Nineveh.

One of our staff who works in Erbil is trying to leave the city. However, flights from Erbil are limited and the roads out of the city are increasingly dangerous. Given the worsening situation, we ask our supporters for the following prayers:

  • Pray for our colleague that she will find safe passage soon and not be stranded in Erbil.
  • Pray that the Kurdish and Iraqi leaderships will de-escalate tensions before plunging a region already ravaged by war into another conflict.
  • Pray that the people of northern Iraq, including the Christians and other minorities, are not caught in the middle of yet another conflict.
  • Pray that our work feeding the displaced and dispossessed in northern Iraq continues without disruption.
Thank you.

Weekly Media Summary 6 October 2017

October

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 retaking of Hawija from IS and a job fair for refugees in Jordan.

Iraq

BBC News: Iraqi forces retake town of Hawija from IS

The Washington Post: Kurdish lawmakers boycott Iraq parliament session in Baghdad

Jordan

Arab News: Job fair offers hope for refugees in Jordan

The Jordan Times: Jordanian labour market suffers from ‘abundant’ foreign workforce – study

Verse of the Day

“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” Isaiah 26:4 NIV

Weekly Media Summary 29 September 2017

September

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 an article in The Church Times about the Iraqi Kurdish independence referendum (in which our new CEO Mike Simpson is quoted). Other stories about this seismic event are also included.

Iraq

The Church Times: Kurdish Anglican priest backs independence referendum result

The Guardian: More than 92% of voters in Iraqi Kurdistan back independence

Al Jazeera: Haider al-Abadi vows to use law to control Kurds

Jordan

Haaretz: Flydubai, Royal Jordanian Halt Flights to Northern Iraq After Kurdish Vote

Relief Web: Jordan to open its schools to Syrian refugee children who don’t have official IDs

Verse of the Day

“Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” John 3:20-21 NIV

Weekly Media Summary 22 September 2017

September

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 return of Mosul’s children to school, and the Jordanian government’s renewed commitment to fighting terror.

Iraq

ABC News: Mosul’s children return to school after ISIS defeat: ‘We are not giving up on learning’

Reuters: Turkey, Iran, Iraq consider counter-measures over Kurdish referendum

Jordan

The Jordan Times: Jordan renews commitment to anti-terror drive

The Washington Post: Jordan’s young crown prince makes global debut in UN speech

Verse of the Day

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” Romans 15:7 NIV

Weekly Media Summary 15 September 2017

September

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 sacking of the Governor of Kirkuk for opting to take part in the Kurdish independence referendum, and a joint Jordan / Saudi project to revamp the Desert Road.

Iraq

BBC News: Iraq MPs vote to sack Kirkuk governor over Kurdish referendum

Independent: Suicide bomb and gun attacks on Iraqi restaurants and a police checkpoint kill at least 60 people

Jordan

The Jordan Times: PM inaugurates Saudi-funded Desert Road revamping project

The National: Jordan and Russia agree on success of ceasefire in southern Syria

Verse of the Day

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” 1 John 4:16 NIV

 

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