Media Summary 16 April 2015

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in Iraq. We hope this will help you in understanding the situation in which FRRME operates and in directing your prayers for Iraq.


 

This week’s edition features news on Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi’s visit to the US, the impact of Yemen’s conflict on sectarianism in Iraq, the continuing crisis for IDPs in the Kurdistan Region, ISIS’ seizure of parts of Baiji oil refinery, and analysis on how to defeat ISIS from Iraqi political and military analysts.

Media Summary

BBC: Islamic State conflict: US offers Iraq $200m in aid

Al Monitor: Yemen war fuels Iraqi sectarianism

Rudaw: UN: More than 127,000 out-of-school children in Kurdistan Region

Al Arabiya: ISIS seizes parts of Iraq’s largest oil refinery: officials

Al Jazeera: Analysis: Here is how to beat ISIL in Iraq

Media Summary 9 April 2015

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in Iraq. We hope this will help you in understanding the situation in which FRRME operates and in directing your prayers for Iraq.


 

This week’s edition features news of the aftermath of the battle for Tikrit, where the Iraqi army intends to recapture next, the weakening of ISIS, and a piece on St George’s Monastery in Mosul.

Media Summary

Al Jazeera: What really happened in Tikrit after ISIL fled

Al Monitor: Iraqi army sets sights on Fallujah, Mosul

Al Arabiya: Iraqi officials: next battle is regaining Anbar from ISIS

Al Arabiya: ISIS revenues hit after it loses ‘large oil fields’ in Iraq

Rudaw: ISIS severely weakened, unsuccessfully suing for truce with Peshmerga

Al Monitor: Ninevah monastery hopes for liberation

Media Summary 2 April 2015

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in Iraq. We hope this will help you in understanding the situation in which FRRME operates and in directing your prayers for Iraq.


This week’s edition features news on the recapture of Tikrit by Iraqi forces and Shia militias with the help of American air strikes, and investigations into alleged abuses, as well as a UN report on violence in Iraq killing over 1,000 last month.

Media Summary

BBC: Iraq forces declare Tikrit victory

Al Jazeera: ISIL’s fall may show the way for Iraqi army

Al Jazeera: After ISIL: What Tikritis found when they came home

Al Arabiya: Amnesty probing reports of Iraqi forces’ abuses in Tikrit

Rudaw: UN: Iraq violence killed at least 1,000 last month

Media Summary 26 March 2015

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in Iraq. We hope this will help you in understanding the situation in which FRRME operates and in directing your prayers for Iraq.


This week’s edition features news on air strikes on Tikrit in the attempt to recapture it, preparations for the retaking of Mosul, and the challenges of national reconciliation raising the likelihood of Iraq splitting up. Also the future of peace talks between Israel and Palestine following recent elections.

Media Summary

BBC: Islamic State conflict: US launches Tikrit air strikes

Wall Street Journal: Iraq inches toward 3-way split

Al Monitor: National reconciliation in Iraq remains elusive

Al Jazeera: Meet the fighters preparing to retake Mosul from ISIL

Al Jazeera: Netanyahu victory casts doubt on future of peace talks

Wishing you all a blessed Purim – Update from Canon Andrew White

Dear Friends,

Chag Sameach, wishing you all a blessed Purim. If you don’t know what that is read the book of Esther. It is indeed a time of feasting and celebration. So today is a good day.

Sorry I have not been in contact for a while but life here has been even more hectic than usual both here in Jerusalem and Jordan. Connie has been based in Jordan and doing a lot of the work there regarding school and accommodation. I go to Jordan on Friday to continue working on many of these projects.

I have also been speaking on Anti Semitism and Christian Persecution at the Springs of Hope conference here in Jerusalem. I always find such conferences very painful and difficult. But the Story has to be told. A friend from Sweden, Bo, has produced an outstanding documentary on the subject, the best I have ever seen. As soon as the documentary becomes available we will release information on how it can be purchased.

Meanwhile the friend who made one of the Vicar of Baghdad films is coming to Jordan with us next week to cover the story there. So much more on our work should be made available soon. I long to be back with my people in Jordan and I can’t wait to see them.

Meanwhile we are being visited today by Jess from Nablus who is in the same class as Hannah-Rivka at SOAS, they are both doing Arabic. She is one of the youth leaders at Hillsong London and her grandfather was one of my Professors of Anaesthetics in my former life. So it should be good meeting her.

Meanwhile the needs amongst the Iraqi refugees in Jordan continue to be great. With so many of the children now in school there are huge needs coming to the surface for the provision of food relief and housing for the families. With G-d’s help and yours we continue to meet the needs and we know for certain that He will never leave us. I promise you will hear again soon.

Blessings and love from Jerusalem,
Canon Andrew White
Andrew White


Andrew and Father Khalil at school for Iraqi refugee children

Andrew with Iraqi refugee children

Media Summary 5 March 2015

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in Iraq. We hope this will help you in understanding the situation in which FRRME operates and in directing your prayers for Iraq.


This week’s edition features news on the attempt to recapture Tikrit, plans for the recapture of Mosul, and the latest report from Minority Rights Group on the situation of Iraq’s minorities.

Media Summary

BBC: Iraqi forces seek to encircle IS fighters in Tikrit

Daily Star: ISIS torches oil field east of Tikrit: witness

Rudaw: ISIS holding hundreds in secret prison camps

Al Monitor: With eye on Mosul, coalition advisors train Peshmerga

Minority Rights Group: Between the Millstones: Iraq’s Minorities since the Fall of Mosul

The Children’s Dental Project

Providing Kurdish Children with Dental Care Supplies

FRRME are continuing their Children’s Dental Project as part of the Northern Iraq relief programme, teaching children in the Iraqi Internally Displaced Person Camps (IDPs), Kurdistan how to take care of their teeth properly. One small, but important way of continuing a normal daytime routine, essential to the children’s welfare and sense of self esteem. Dr Sarah Ahmad, Projects Director in Iraq, is also a fully qualified dentist, and is overseeing the Children’s Dental Project, providing 450 children with the instructions in caring for their teeth. FRRME are supplying the funds for toothpaste, brushes and floss, and the training of local volunteers under Dr Sarah’s guidance. FRRME also ensures that the children are given a healthy meal, including a treat of chocolate.

Spotlight on Baghdad Presentations

David Post "The Cycling Vicar" Talks about the Situation in Baghdad

Reverend David Post “The Cycling Vicar” is traveling around the country to speak about the current situation in Baghdad. Reverend Post is a great friend of FRRME, and we would encourage you to help support the cause of relief and reconciliation by attending one of these meetings. You will find his schedule below, along with the information with which you might schedule a gathering in your own community.

 

 

Rev. David Post’s “SPOTLIGHT on BAGHDAD” presentations – 2015

                                    Cycling (possibly!)/Speaking Tours

 

March

Wed.4th 2.30pm Bethesda Baptist Fellowship, Branston Church Hall, Lincoln

Thur.5th 7.30pm Churches Together in Selby, at St.Mary’s RC Church, Gowthorpe, Selby

 

Mon. 16th 7.30pm St. Paul’s Church, Harrogate

Tues. 17th 7.30pm Christ Church, Leeds Road, Lofthouse

Wed. 18th 7.30pm Dewsbury Minster

Thur. 19th 10.00am Kirkburton Probus Group, (at K. Cricket Club), Huddersfield.

 

Thur. 26th 2.00pm Mothers’ Union Meeting, Emmanuel Church, Bridlington.

 

April

Tues. 14th 2.00pm The Abbey Guild, Malmesbury, Wilts.

7.30pm St. Bartholomew’s Church, Great Corsham, Wilts.

Wed. 15th (still open for an invitation)

 

Wed. 23rd 7.30pm Heckington Church, Lincoln

 

May

Wed. 6th 7.30pm Christ Church, Hulland, nr. Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Thur. 7th 7.30pm Hall Green United Community Church, Birmingham

Fri.     8th 7.30pm Leominster Priory, Hereford

 

Mon 11th 7.30pm St. Edyth’s Church, Sea Mills, Bristol

 

Wed. 13th 10.30am Highfields Church, Cardiff (Combined Bible Study Groups)

7.30pm Libanus Evangelical Church, Morriston, Swansea

Thur. 14th (open for an invitation, ? Carmarthen – Tenby area)

Fri.     15th 7.30pm Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Pembroke

 

June

Mon. 8th (open for invitation, ? Exeter area)

Tues. 9th 7.30pm Moretonhampstead Church, Devon

Wed. 10th 7.30pm Stratton Deanery Synod, Marhamchurch, N. Cornwall

Thur. 11th 1.00pm Parish Lunch; 2.00pm “Spotlight…..” St. Olaf’s Hall, Poughill, Bude.

Fri.     12th Wadebridge Parish Church

 

 

Other visits are possible for gaps in the above programme,

or for the remainder of 2015 anywhere in the UK.

Anyone interested please contact David initially by e-mail – davidcwpost@googlemail.com – or by phone on 01673- 843388, to discuss possibilities.

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Insights from Sarah Ahmed, Canon Andrew's PA in Baghdad
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