Media Summary 27 November 2014

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 current situation is Anbar Province, ongoing battles between IS and the Iraqi forces, a deal between Erbil and Baghdad, and the arrival of Hezbollah in Iraq.

Media Summary

Al Jazeera: Iraq’s Anbar grapples with devastation

Daily Star: Iraqi forces battle ISIS forces in central Ramadi

Al Arabiya: ISIS battles Iraqi forces near Baiji refinery

Rudaw: Following deal, Erbil receives first cash instalment from Baghdad

Rudaw: Kurdish independence good for Iraq: Iraqi politician

Al Monitor: Hezbollah arrives in Iraq

Canon Andrew White is Interviewed by The Huffington Post

Why would you go back?

On the 24th of November 2014, Andrew was interviewed by The Huffington Post. This interview gives the story of Canon White’s involvement in Iraq, and his love for the work of reconciliation. This article also takes a look at how the present conflict has affected Canon White as a person. As the leader of his flock in Baghdad, it has been a struggle to watch his people suffer so. Many people have asked the question, “Why would you go back when it’s so dangerous?”. His answer is always “Because I love my people.”.

You can read this story HERE.

Christmas Cards and the 2015 Calendar

We are delighted to be able to make two gift products available to you through our online shop. These are all great gifts for family and friends, and perhaps you or your church may want to purchase a larger amount to sell at Christmas fairs and events in the coming weeks to support the work going on at St George’s in Baghdad.

This year’s 2015 FRRME calendar features images of all the varied relief and reconciliation work that takes place on a daily basis at St George’s Church, Baghdad. Also featured are images from the relief work that is currently taking place in northern Iraq, based in the city of Erbil.

The FRRME Christmas card this year features the St George’s Communion Class of 2014.

Also available this year are gift packs of three items, including Christmas Cards, Calendar and a copy of Older Younger Brother at a cost of £18.

Every purchase will make a real difference to families and individuals in our congregation and the wider St George’s community – thank you in advance for supporting us and sharing our vision and mission when you buy one of our gift products.  You can buy the items right now by simply visiting our shop page.

Maybe you would also consider buying one of Canon Andrew’s books as a gift for a friend this Christmas, including his most recent called “Older Younger Brother”.

Thank you for your support, and have a Merry Christmas from your friends at FRRME!

 

 

 

Media Summary 13 November 2014

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 tensions between IDPs and host communities in Iraqi Kurdistan, Iraqi military advances in Baiji, the sectarian dynamic to the conflict, Iraq’s improving relations with Saudi Arabia and a diary of life in Mosul.

Media Summary

Rudaw: UN reports increased tension between Kurds and internally displaced Iraqis

Al Jazeera: Iraqi troops close in on major oil refinery

Al Monitor: Iraqi Shiites join Sunnis to fight Islamic State

Daily Star: Iraq President in Saudi Arabia to patch up ties

BBC: Islamic State: Diary of life in Mosul

Media Summary 6 November 2014

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 further updates on the security situation in Iraq, improved relations between Turkey and Iraq, and how the Islamic State might be defeated. This week also includes a report from the Soufan Group on its recommendations for defeating the Islamic State.

Media Summary

Al Jazeera: Iraq braces for more ISIL attacks

Al Arabiya: Obama: ‘too early’ to say if U.S. is beating ISIS

Rudaw: Faced with ISIS threat, Ankara and Baghdad vow renewed ties

Al Monitor: Anbar province calls for support to fight Islamic State

Rudaw: Revolt could trigger overthrow of ISIS

 

Soufan Group: Report: Islamic State

Media Summary 30 October 2014

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 from the situation in occupied Mosul, the mental health crisis facing IDPs, a campaign to provide accommodation for IDPs as winter approaches, and updates on the security situation in Iraq.

Media Summary

Guardian: Citizens of Mosul endure economic collapse and repression under ISIS rule

Al Jazeera: Traumatised by ISIL, Yazidis seek help

Al Arabiya: Iraq caravan-for-displaced campaign gains steam

Al Arabiya: ISIS militants execute more than 40 tribesmen in Iraq’s Anbar

Rudaw: ISIS is weaker and not close to Baghdad, says Iraqi army chief of staff

Iraq Relief Update – Dr Sarah Ahmed, Projects Officer

The situation in Kurdistan is not as good as it should be thinking of all the international organizations and local churches providing relief. The main problem according to the NGO Coordination Committee for Iraq (NCCI) and our partners is that international funding is not being distributed properly with most of the effort being directed toward Erbil and Duhok. Since the beginning of 2014 there are more than 1.7 Million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Iraq dispersed around 1,700 locations, but most international funds started to flow to Iraq after August 2014 supporting probably 43% of the displaced population. With that being said, I am finding so many communities that are forgotten or lack funds to survive.

The UN is fully active still in Erbil, Duhok and other areas where they are needed and they provide for basic needs on a certain schedule. What I realized is that in big international foundations there is so much hierarchy and rules that need to be followed and they almost always treat people like subjects. This is not wrong and they are doing a brilliant job most of the time, the problem is they forget that these people are humans. When I am dealing with the IDPs, I imagine myself as one and I imagine what would I need if I was living here or there. I go around in visits to the camps and talk to the people, to see their personal needs and try my best to provide them with things they need most.

For September FRRME provided for more than 7,107 families, with at least 8 members of each family. We provided food regularly for about 2,000 IDPs, water for more than 3,500 IDPs, and chicken and rice for about 2,500 IDPs. We provide for four villages, around Nineveh plane and in Duhok through our local partners. About $28,000 went to local and international organizations providing medical and humanitarian relief for the IDPs, $14,860 was allocated for the IDPs that got re-displaced from Erbil to Baghdad, $25,000 was provided for small active Church communities that we support fully, and $15,537 on food relief for all the camps. These amounts of money are serving people directly with exactly what they need.

In my last visit at the end of the month I tried to find more communities that FRRME can support that the International funding is not reaching. I found an amazing Monastery for the Carmelite Society that is taking care of more than 1,400 Yazidi families in Duhok. I went and I met with them, and they appeared really in need of funds. FRRME is trying to get more people involved for a sustainable relief effort reaching out to all of the communities. Most funding comes to the North from the Emergency Fund which will run out in three months. So many organizations are already starting to worry about next year’s funding since the situation does not seem to get any better.

As our supporters you may know that Canon White will not be able to go back to Iraq for now because of the increasing threat of Daash named ISIS. Andrew felt that he need not only to protect himself but protect the people that he cares about. He didn’t want to endanger any of the people who work with him or the people he loves in Saint George’s where he stays. Andrew is continuing his work in Israel/Palestine of reconciliation, we all should join in prayer for him to continue his great work. Meanwhile, the mission in Iraq continues with Andrew’s blessing.

This story came to my mind as a finishing to my report to all of you our supporters; I was leaving one of the camps in Ankawa, Erbil and I looked over the fence and I saw two beautiful kids playing around, sister and brother. They smiled at me and I did to them. They were waiting for me to say something, so I told them that I have a gift for you. I went and I got them something, their Father who was watching said, “You made their day.” I replied, “Nope, they made mine.”

FRRME is doing a great relief program through you our supporters, so I really want to thank you for the great contributions you have made. Please keep us in your prayers and keep sharing this information to let people and the world know what is happening.

Peace and Love,

Dr. Sarah AK Ahmed

Projects Officer

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