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

Media Summary 23 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 on the UN statement that IS attacks on Yazidis may be genocide as attacks resume in Sinjar/Shingal, analysis of the new unity government in Iraq, news on IS threats in Baghdad, and news on the Pope’s upcoming visit to Turkey.

Media Summary

Daily Star: Iraqi tribes in Abu Ghraib determined to repel ISIS

Rudaw: Analysis: Troubles ahead for Baghdad’s unity government

Al Arabiya: Pope to visit Turkey as Mideast Christians flee ISIS persecution

Reuters: Islamic State onslaught on Yazidis may be attempted genocide: UN

Rudaw: ISIS resumes attacks on Yazidis in Shingal

Media Summary 16 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 analysis of Iraq’s capacity for pushing back IS, the effectiveness of the US-led coalition’s strategy for defeating IS, the ethnic dimension to the conflict for Assyrian Christians, and more on the discarded pre-1991 chemical weapons that may now be in IS hands. Reports were also released this week from Amnesty International and the Minority Rights Group.

Media Summary

Al Jazeera: ‘Iraq is now like a drowning man’

BBC: Iraq: Shia militias ‘killing Sunnis in reprisal attacks’

Al Jazeera: Analysis: Can US strategy defeat ISIL?

Al-Monitor: Ethnic dimension of Iraqi Assyrians often ignored

New York Times: The secret casualties of Iraq’s abandoned chemical weapons

 

Amnesty International: Absolute Impunity: Militia Rule in Iraq

Minority Rights Group: From crisis to catastrophe: the situation of minorities in Iraq

“Spotlight on Baghdad” Tour 2014

David Post, the cycling Vicar, has almost completed his “Spotlight on Baghdad” tour for 2014. David has cycled to and spoken at an impressive 48 churches so far this year, sharing about the work of FRRME at St George’s in Baghdad having visited in October 2013. David has been an avid supporter of FRRME and since 2009 has cycled 5,946 miles raising money for St George’s.

David’s final talk will be on Thursday 2 October at 10am at Newark Archdeaconry Mothers’ Union meeting in the Jubilee Hall, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire.

David is hoping to continue these Cycling/Speaking tours in 2015, and would be glad to receive invitations to anywhere in the UK.

A booking received already for Thursday March 19 at Kirkburton, Huddersfield, would mean March 16 -21 would be a good week for other bookings in that area.

April 27 – May 9 would be a good time for a route through Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, north of Birmingham, Herefordshire, and down to Swansea area.

June 29 –  July 11 could be a suitable period to  meet interest already expressed  from Newbury, Corsham, Sidmouth and through to Devon and Cornwall.

Anyone interested from these areas, or from other areas at other times, please contact David initially by email – davidcwpost@googlemail.com – or by phone on 01673 843388, to discuss possibilities.

Media Summary 9 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 on towns recaptured from IS in Iraq, concerns over the effectiveness of airstrikes alone and the use of chemical weapons by IS, and tensions between the Turks and Kurds over the situation in Kobane in Syria.

Media Summary

Al Jazeera: ISIL booby traps leave Iraq town deserted

BBC: Iraq crisis: Western airstrikes not enough, says Irbil Archbishop

Rudaw: ISIS may resort to chemical attacks, expert warns

Al Jazeera: Turkish-Kurdish relations threatened by ISIL

BBC: Turkish action against IS in Syria ‘unrealistic’

Archbishop of Irbil: “we need more force”

Archbishop

The BBC released a news piece on the Christian community in Iraq on 6th October. The piece includes an interview with Catholic Archbishop of Irbil, Bashar Warda, in which he states more force is needed to keep Christians safe. The Archbishop is one of FRRME’s partners whom we are assisting in providing relief to displaced Iraqis in Erbil.

To view the news piece, please click HERE.

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Media Summary 2 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 on the use and effectiveness of air strikes in Iraq, advances by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Iraqi Army, and analysis of Turkey’s possible involvement in the conflict.

Media Summary

BBC: Islamic State crisis: Abadi opposes Arab states in Iraq

Daily Star: airstrikes persist despite intelligence gaps

Rudaw: Kurdish strategy emerges to advance on ISIS-held Shingal

Daily Star: Iraqi Kurds look to sky for breakthrough against ISIS

Rudaw: Erdogan vows to fight ISIS as parliament poised to vote on action

Al Jazeera: Analysis: Why Turkey matters in the anti-ISIL war

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