Middle East Report interviews our new CEO, Mike Simpson (PART TWO)

September

In this exclusive interview with Middle East Report, FRRME’s new CEO Mike Simpson talks about what we are doing to help Iraq’s displaced Christians – click on the below image to listen to part two of the interview. 

Part one of the interview can be heard here. In the coming weeks and months we will be sharing more stories from the people we are helping in Iraq and Jordan. It is thanks to your continued support that they endure.

Alen

“In Mosul the situation was very bad, especially for the Christians. We were afraid of them and afraid for our lives. It was too dangerous to stay in Iraq.”

Imad

“I was living near Mosul. During the war (2003 invasion), people were being killed according to their identity. I saw my friends in a car near my house get killed.”

 

These radio stations will also feature the interview (click on the logos)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you!

Weekly Media Summary 15 September 2017

September

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 sacking of the Governor of Kirkuk for opting to take part in the Kurdish independence referendum, and a joint Jordan / Saudi project to revamp the Desert Road.

Iraq

BBC News: Iraq MPs vote to sack Kirkuk governor over Kurdish referendum

Independent: Suicide bomb and gun attacks on Iraqi restaurants and a police checkpoint kill at least 60 people

Jordan

The Jordan Times: PM inaugurates Saudi-funded Desert Road revamping project

The National: Jordan and Russia agree on success of ceasefire in southern Syria

Verse of the Day

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” 1 John 4:16 NIV

 

How your support is helping Iraqi Christian refugees in Jordan 

September

Last week we introduced our new initiative – Voices of Iraq – a project to give displaced Iraqi Christians a voice. Some of these people have made their way to Jordan where, thanks to your continued support, they are slowly rebuilding their shattered lives.

With the money you gave us, we delivered clothing coupons to 510 children from all over Jordan. Buses brought them to the distribution point, the Syrian Orthodox Church in Amman, which is run by our dear friend and partner Father Emmanuel.

Distributing clothing coupons at the Syrian Orthodox Church
 

Our English language class at the Nazarene Church continues to grow – there are now 20 refugees in the class, most of whom fled Baghdad and Qaraqosh. The class recently discussed “Hopes and Dreams”. All of them expressed their desire to leave the Middle East and resettle in the West where they can live in peace with their families.

An Iraqi Christian woman and her son buy vegetables with the food coupon we gave her
 

At the Assemblies of God Church, which is run by Pastor You and his family, we gave out vouchers to 115 refugee families which were used to buy fresh food. We are also continuing our support for a trauma and healing workshop for women who have experienced domestic violence.

A choir singing at the Cultural Arts Festival at the Greek Catholic Church
 

The Greek Catholic Church in Amman recently hosted a Cultural Arts Festival where refugees expressed themselves through art and music. Our support for the church, which includes a monthly stipend for food relief, is received with love and appreciation by the congregation.

Please support our work and make a donation

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 humanitarian appeal by clicking here.

Thank you for your support!

The FRRME Team

Middle East Report interviews our new CEO, Mike Simpson (PART ONE)

September

In this exclusive interview with Middle East Report, FRRME’s new CEO Mike Simpson talks about the tragic plight of Christians in Iraq – click on the below image to listen to part one of the interview.

With your support, we are continuing to feed thousands of internally displaced Iraqi Christians in northern Iraq, as well as 700 Iraqi Christian refugee families living in Jordan. It is our mission to give them a voice.

Ammar

“I was living in Qaraqosh, a town with just Christian people. About 60,000 people lived there. I was an art teacher and I also had a mobile phone shop. In 2014 ISIS attacked Qaraqosh. There were three choices for us – convert to Islam, pay the Jizya (tax for non-Muslims), or be killed. We fled Qaraqosh in just our clothes.”

 

These radio stations will also feature the interview (click on the logos)

 

 

 

 

Weekly Media Summary 8 September 2017

September

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 about Isil’s next plan of attack and news that the Rukban refugee camp on the Jordan / Syria border will close due to the shrinking number of residents.

Iraq

The Telegraph: Isil leader ‘planning fresh wave of attacks’ in revenge for defeats in Iraq and Syria, leading Iraqi official says

Rudaw: Christians in Iraqi capital call for UN-backed independent state

Jordan

The Jordan Times: Rukban camp ‘to close in next few months’

Al Monitor: Arab artists show Amman’s true colors

Verse of the Day

“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” Psalm 143:10 NIV

 

Voices of Iraq

September

The persecuted Christians of Iraq have not been heard strongly enough in the corridors of government or in the media. With that in mind, here they are, in their own words. If you would like to help them, please support our work and make a donation (giving options at the bottom of this update). N.B. Raed asked that we did not show his face.

Alen

“In Mosul the situation was very bad, especially for the Christians. We were afraid of them and afraid for our lives. It was too dangerous to stay in Iraq.”

 

Ammar

“I was living in Qaraqosh, a town with just Christian people. About 60,000 people lived there. I was an art teacher and I also had a mobile phone shop. In 2014 ISIS attacked Qaraqosh. There were three choices for us – convert to Islam, pay the Jizya (tax for non-Muslims), or be killed. We fled Qaraqosh in just our clothes.”

 

 

 

Imad
 

“I was living near Mosul. During the war (2003 invasion), people were being killed according to their identity. I saw my friends in a car near my house get killed.”

 

Afnan

 

“Living as a Christian in Iraq is very hard, especially for girls. You cannot go out or do anything. They think that it’s okay for Christians to do anything or wear anything we want because they think Christianity is what they see on TV or in the movies, that you can do anything – sleep around, drink alcohol, do drugs, do whatever you want. This is the image of Christianity in the mind of many Muslims.”

 

Michael
 

 

“In Mosul I had a restaurant but they blew it up because I am Christian. After that I went back to Qaraqosh which was a safe place. When ISIS came there in 2014 I left everything behind and went to Jordan.”

 

 

 

 

 

Raed

“My wife and I left the day before ISIS came into the town. My wife was about to give birth so I had to make preparations and go quickly. The hard part for me was leaving my parents and brother behind. I will never hold a gun. I won’t fight for land. The most important thing for me is that my family is safe.”

 

Making a donation

With your support, we provide monthly food, shelter and medical care to 700 Iraqi Christian families in Jordan. If you would like to help us in our mission, please see the giving options below.

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 humanitarian 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 1 September 2017

September

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 liberation of Nineveh Province in northern Iraq and King Abdullah of Jordan’s hopes for a ceasefire in Syria and wider region.

Iraq

Time: Iraq Says it Has ‘Fully Liberated’ Nineveh Province From ISIS Control

Sky News: More British troops head for Iraq to defeat  Islamic State

Jordan

The New Arab: Jordan king hopes for bigger Syria ceasefire

The Jordan Times: Jordan, Iraq celebrate reopening of border crossing

Verse of the Day 

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 NIV

Amid the Baghdad bombings, we deliver food to the Christians

August

Baghdad has been rocked by more sectarian violence this week. On Monday, a massive car bomb ripped through a packed market in the Shiite district of Sadr City. 12 people were killed and 28 wounded. Despite the danger, we are continuing to deliver aid to members of the congregation at St George’s, the only Anglican Church in Iraq.

The above picture is of an Iraqi Christian woman we are helping called Um Masara. She is a widow with three children, one of whom is autistic and also suffers from epilepsy. The four of them live in the Mansour district of Baghdad. With your support, we have been helping Um Masara and her children for four years now, providing them with food packages and medical assistance at our free health clinic at St George’s Church.

This week, we delivered food supplies to Debaga Camp in northern Iraq where approximately 30,000 internally displaced people live in cramped conditions. The food we delivered included cooking oil, rice, tomatoes, potatoes, fresh chicken, lentils, onions, aubergines, fresh bread and qishta (cheese). The people we fed are Sunni Muslims, the largest displaced group in northern Iraq.

While we are working hard to feed the dispossessed, Islamic State fighters are holed-up around the city of Tel Afar 40 miles west of Mosul. Reuters quoted an Iraqi army officer this week who said that breaching the first line of the militants’ defense in the town of Ayadiya was like opening “the gates of hell”. It is a stark and unsettling reminder that the fighting is not over.

If you would like to support our mission, please see the giving options below. Our work is made possible by your generous and continued support.

Making a donation

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 humanitarian 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

September 2017 Prayer Diary

Dear friend,

In this month’s prayer bulletin we welcome Mike Simpson, our new FRRME CEO. We also give thanks for our Founder, Canon Andrew, whose vision and passion inspired FRRME’s origins. We honour and bless him.

Please click FRRME Prayer Diary September 2017 to see this month’s bulletin.

If you would like to receive regular monthly updates, please contact our office@frrme.org.

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With best wishes from the FRRME team

Now therefore, while we have time, let us do good to every person, especially to the members of the household of faith.Galatians 6:10. Aramaic Bible ©2013.

 

Weekly Media Summary 25 August 2017

August

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 battle for Tal Afar in northern Iraq and the opening of the first job centre in a Jordanian refugee camp.

Iraq

BBC News: Iraq War: Why the battle for Tal Afar matters

Foreign Affairs: What Iraq’s Kurdish Peshemrga Believe

Jordan

The New Arab: Jordan opens first job centre inside Syrian refugee camp

Press TV: Turkey’s Erdogan, Jordan’s King Abdullah II discuss Palestine’s al-Aqsa

Verse of the Day 

“Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:165 NIV

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