“We met with them (the Christians) in the presence of a representative of the Caliph al-Baghdadi. He offered the chance for them to convert to Islam. If you don’t accept this, you can pay non-Muslim tax (Jizya), according to the Quran. If you don’t accept this, there is nothing left between us but killing and fighting.”
Abu Abdula (Islamic State Judge), Raqqa
Below is the testimony of Yasser, an Iraqi Christian from Baghdad. His story is typical of the many people we are helping – followers of Yesua who have been terrorised and displaced by sectarian violence.
Yasser was born and lived in Baghdad. He worked as a welder, a job he did to provide for his two small children. In July 2014 an anonymous note arrived at Yasser’s place of work, followed by a phone call. Both made clear that Yasser and his family were not safe.
“I had no choice. My daughter was 4 years old and my son was 8 months old. I feared for their lives so I took them to Sulaymaniyah, a city in the Kurdish region of Iraq. There we lived in a church for one month before moving to Jordan in August 2014.”
In Jordan, Yasser was able to get an asylum interview with the UN, hopeful that he and his family would be able to emigrate to the United States. However, this did not happen and Yasser and his family were stuck in Amman without money, food or shelter.
Currently, the Jordanian government will not permit Iraqi refugees to work (only Syrian refugees are able to get work permits). Much of the financial aid given to Jordan by the international community, including the British and American governments, has gone to helping Syrian refugees.
However, thanks to your support, Yasser now has a job assisting at our school in Marka (a suburb south of Amman), where he works as an administrator. We are also able to provide money for rent so that he and his family have a roof over their heads, as well as vouchers for food.
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The FRRME Team