We bring football to an Iraqi IDP camp

June

Saddam Hussein’s eldest son, Uday, used to be the chairman of the Iraqi Football Association. In 1994, he reportedly made the Iraqi national football team kick a concrete ball for failing to qualify for the World Cup. Football (soccer to our American supporters) is the most popular sport in Iraq but for decades it was in the hands of the regime. Under ISIS, football was banned on pain of death.

This week, we restored the beautiful game to its rightful owners – the young men and women of Iraq. In Harsham Camp north of Erbil, we gave out new kit and footballs and helped arrange a practice session and tournament.

Despite the searing heat, the day of footballing fun drew a lot of curious spectators, including this young Barcelona fan.

And this little girl (perhaps she will be part of the first Iraqi women’s football team to make it to the World Cup).

With the war in Iraq raging on, many children have been denied the opportunity to participate in any kind of sporting activity due to the fact that they are living in displacement camps which have no facilities. While much of our effort goes into providing food and education, we are very happy to give these children a chance to enjoy football again.

If you would like to support projects like this, or any of our relief operations, please see the giving options below.

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Thank you for your support,

The FRRME Team

Weekly Media Summary 23 June 2017

June

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 impending defeat of ISIS in Mosul and the downgrading of diplomatic relations between Jordan and Qatar following accusations by other Gulf states that Qatar is funding terror groups.

Iraq

Independent: Isis blowing up Grand al-Nuri Mosque ‘a declaration of defeat’, says Iraqi PM

BBC News: After Mosul: The Iraqi towns still under IS control

The Christian Post: Senior Iraqi Cleric Tries to Calm Agitated Christians After Saying They’re ‘Infidels’ Who Must Be Killed

Jordan

Al Monitor: Jordan in an uneasy place over Gulf spat

The Jordan Times: Kingdom gets ready for Eid Al Fitr holiday

Al-Arabiya: Jordan’s King Abdullah helps put out fire near his palace

 

 

 

Iraqi Christians face new death sentence

June

Iraqi Christians living in the US are being rounded up by immigration officials and deported to Iraq in what human rights lawyers are calling a “death sentence.” More than 200 Iraqis, many of whom are members of the Chaldean Catholic Church, are facing deportation for committing petty crimes and misdemeanors. However, many facing deportation, described as “criminal aliens” by officials, have argued that the charges were handed down decades ago and that they pose no risk at all to the community.

To get a sense of what these people are facing if they are forcibly returned to Iraq, please read the below interview with Imad, one of the Iraqi Christian refugees we are helping in Jordan.

FRRME: “Where in Iraq are you from and why did you leave?”

Imad: “I am originally from Mosul. When we were there during the invasion in 2003 people were being killed according to their identity. If you were Christian they would kill you. I saw my friends in a car near my house get killed. My wife saw this too and said we must leave Mosul and go to another region. That is when we went to Nineveh. We lived a normal life there but when ISIS came in 2014 and the fighting started we went to Erbil in Kurdistan.”

FRRME: “What was life like in Nineveh before ISIS came?”

Imad: “It was good. We had a house, a car, and I ran my own car repair business. But we were afraid. It was dangerous for us because we are Christian. If, for instance, I repaired someone’s car and the owner of the car did not want to pay the bill, I couldn’t say anything as a Christian. Even though it was dangerous it was still a good life for us in Nineveh.”

FRRME: “What was life like before Nineveh?”

Imad: “It was tough. In 1997, a person broke into my house. He was holding a gun and wearing black clothes. He told us not to say anything. He told us to give him all the money we had. I told him I had 400 Iraqi dinars, the gold of my wife, and a car. Then I distracted the man for a moment and struck him, trying to incapacitate him. The man shot me in the chest. My uncle was there as well and was shot in the leg. My wife and mother and nephew hid and were safe. The man ran away, and my nephew took us to the hospital.”

FRRME: “What is life like in Jordan now with your family?”

Imad: “Life here is better than in Iraq. We live in safety, and we thank God and FRRME for everything. We thank the King of Jordan too for allowing us to come here.”

FRRME: “How have things changed for you in Jordan?”

Imad: “In Iraq, I went to church from time to time, maybe twice per year. Here in Jordan we have gotten to know Jesus more and more. When I was in Iraq, I didn’t read the Bible. Here in Jordan I read the Bible every day.”

FRRME: “Did the hardship you experienced make you trust God more?”

Imad: “Everything I went through brought me closer to Jesus.”

FRRME: “What is your hope for leaving Jordan? Where do you want to go? What do you want to do next?”

Imad: “I would like to go to Australia. Every day I pray to God that I will be able to go to Australia and that my wife and daughter will be able to go there as well. I pray that my daughter can go to school and that we can have a home of our own there, that we can have a normal and safe life again.”

FRRME: “Have you put in an application to go to Australia?”

Imad: “Yes, I put in an application with the Australian Embassy last year. We want to go to Australia because the Christians have more rights and help in Australia.”

Making a donation to support our work

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 our emergency appeal by clicking here.

UK residents can also make a donation via text message by following the instructions below:

Thank you for your support,

The FRRME Team

Weekly Media Summary 16 June 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 a report of an 84 year old woman rescued from the rubble after ISIS used people as human shields and UNESCO’s initiative to ensure evidence-based planning in the education system in Jordan.

 

 

Iraq

Rudaw: 84 year old woman survives under rubble for a week

Mail Online: Two dead as at least 800 people suffer mass outbreak of food poisoning from a Ramadan meal at an Iraqi refugee camp after fleeing ISIS in Mosul

AL Monitor: Islamic State families fear persecution in Iraq

 

 

Jordan

Amman Daily News: UNESCO initiative seeks to ensure evidence-based policy, planning in education system

The Jordan Times: Two Jordanian women prepare for world record highest-elevation football game

The Jordan Times: ‘Patriarchal mentality’ hinders women in Jordan’s media – experts

 

Shelter and English Classes in Jordan

June

As Jordan continues to host the 2nd largest number of refugees relative to the size of its population – 9% of its inhabitants are now refugees (UNHCR*) – FRRME is providing hope to Iraqi Christians through relief and education classes with your help. 

In the past month 1,000 food packages were distributed to Iraqi Christian refugee families in Amman and Madaba, and new evening classes teaching English are now being provided by our local church partners.

  • As well as the English language, classes in cooking, sewing, woodworking and computer skills have now been set up to equip and train Christian Iraqi refugees.
  • Children’s bible study classes for kindergarten, elementary school and teens in Fuheis.
  • Transportation is provided for refugees to attend classes.
  • 100% of our aid relief to refugees in Jordan is to Iraqi Christians
  • As refugees they are not permitted to obtain paid employment, despite many having previously owned businesses in Iraq.

 Michael and Theresa are an elderly Christian couple originally from Mosul.

FRRME is giving rent for us and help with food packages and food coupons.

Michael and Theresa ran a restaurant in Mosul but Sunni extremists bombed it in 2008. They went to Qaraqosh but fled when Islamic State came in 2014. They managed to get to Jordan have lost everything, including their life savings and pension (the bank in Iraq will not give them their money because they are Christian). Thanks to you, we are supporting them.

FRRME want to continue to provide shelter, food, education, fun and hope, with your help. How to make a DONATION to support FRRME:

  • If you are a UK resident, you can make a single or regular donation via our website by clicking HERE. You can also set up a standing order and Gift Aid your giving. Regular giving mean we can keep planning ahead, and ensure that the queues for food, medical relief and education needs flow effectively. Together we are making a difference.
  • For our American supporters, make your donation HERE to qualify for 501(c)(3) tax-deductible status.
  • You can also make a donation to our emergency appeal by clicking HERE.

We would also ask that you prayerfully consider increasing your standing order this month, if one is already in place. Contact our office@frrme.org.

Thank you for your support,

From the FRRME Team & the Nazarene Church Sunday School.

* UNHCR Jordan Global Focus

Weekly Media Summary 9 June 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 civilians fleeing Mosul and Jordan hosting regional forum on post-conflict reconstruction.

 

Iraq

Al Arabiya English: ISIS massacres civilians while preventing them fleeing Mosul

Iraqi News: Switzerland adds CHF1 million of aid to deliver water to Mosul civilians

Rudaw: Un Refugee agency in desperate need of fund for Iraq humanitarian aid

 

Jordan

Frontera: Collapse of the Islamic State Looms, Iraq Looks to Jordan.

The Jordan Times: Kingdom to host regional forum on post-conflict reconstruction

NRT: Iraq Beats Jordan in friendly match as they host their first game in years

 

 

Fleeing to safe havens

June

As news reached our office of the continued barbarity inflicted upon Iraqi civilians trying to flee the city of MOSUL, your much needed relief support keeps the food queues flowing and hope defiantly alive.

In Northern Iraq, this week FRRME have continued to provide food, water, shelter, medical support and education at Harsham and Debaga camps, made possible with your donations.
  • This past month 1,800 families were helped directly through FRRME’s relief distribution. This is 10,860 individuals fed.
  • Our partners in Northern Iraq, including the Syrian Orthodox Church, Armenian Church and the Al-Bishara Christian charity were able to help feed 4,000 families – that is nearly 25,000 people.
  • FRRME contributed 845 much needed food packs to this distribution (see above infographic).
  • Educational projects continue to flourish at the Um Al Noor Christian Kindergarten and the Harsham Camp IDP School.
  • 85% of families helped were Christian IDPs, still remaining in Iraq.
  • At FRRME we want them to be able to remain, living in safety and hope.
  • 15% of families helped Yazidis, Shabak and Muslims – all suffering and displaced from their homes.

Your provision, both financial and through prayer, are making a difference; but we want to do more than just keep that hope alive. At FRRME we want it to grow, enabled by the effective and dedicated team in the Middle East, led by our Director of Operations ME, Dr Sarah. Please DONATE today.

HOW TO MAKE A DONATION TO SUPPORT FRRME:

  • If you are a UK resident, you can make a single or regular donation via our website by clicking HERE. You can also set up a standing order and Gift Aid your giving. Regular giving mean we can keep planning ahead, and ensure that the queues for food, medical relief and education needs flow effectively. Together we are making a difference.
  • For our American supporters, make your donation HERE to qualify for 501(c)(3) tax-deductible status.
  • You can also make a donation to our emergency appeal by clicking HERE.

We would also ask that you prayerfully consider increasing your standing order this month, if one is already in place. Contact our office@frrme.org.

Thank you for your support,

The FRRME Team

Weekly Media Summary 2 June 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 bombing of an ice-cream parlour in Baghdad, Muslim volunteers repairing a monastery near Mosul and entrepreneurial activities in Jordan.

 

 

Iraq

The Guardian: Melbourne schoolgirl Zynab Al Harbiya killed as Isis targets Baghdad ice-cream parlour

The Independent: Muslim volunteers repair Catholic monastery because ‘Mosul is yours as it is ours’

Al Jazeera: Iraq: Almost one million people displaced from Mosul

 

 

Jordan

The Jordan Times: Empowered ‘Ladies of Umm Al Jimal’ set up entrepreneurial activities

Middle East Online: Amman to celebrate status as ‘capital of Islamic culture’

 

Children displaced in their own land

At the Harsham Primary School this week, the children were very excited to see our Director of Operations, Dr Sarah Ahmed, and her dedicated relief team. The team came bearing gifts!

In Northern Iraq, FRRME have continued to support our education projects at Harsham Primary School, the Kirkuk Autism Centre and the Um Al Noor Christian Kindergarten in Erbil. This month:

  • FRRME provided 782 books for Harsham Primary School.
  • The children did not have the right materials to complete their current term.
  • Your financial support assisted in providing over eight different teaching resources for the primary school.

Lowi happy to be getting new books!

Neither the Central Government Ministry of Education or the KRG Ministry of Education were able to provide the books in the IDP schools, simply because of the vast demand on their resources at this time of conflict.

FRRME where asked to contribute because of our well-known reputation in Iraq for supporting education for IDPs.

The reward was extremely happy children, excited to receive the books and the chance to learn and complete their school year.

We are so grateful for your support. Without it, the IDP children we are helping, like Lowi, would struggle. And most of all we consider every gift however large or small, as an act of worship and giving to God.

We would like to ask that you prayerfully consider increasing your standing order this month if you already regularly donate to FRRME. Regular giving mean we can keep planning ahead, and ensure that the queues for food, medical relief and education needs flow effectively. Together we are making a difference.

Thank you for your support,  

The FRRME Team

 

Making a donation to support our work

If you are a UK resident, you can make a single or regular donation via our website by clicking here.  You can also set up a standing order here, make a monthly donation and partner with us.

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.

UK residents can also make a donation via text message by following the instructions below:

June 2017 Prayer Diary

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June 2017 Prayer Diary

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