Weekly Media Summary Friday 4th November 2016

November

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, Jordan, Israel / Palestine.

This week’s Media Summary features news about the battle for Mosul; the refugee crisis in Jordan; and protests by Christian groups at UNESCO about its decision to ignore Christian ties to the Temple Mount.

Iraq

Guardian: Heavy fighting in Mosul as Iraqi forces launch assault on Isis militants

Independent: Christians near Mosul celebrate their first mass since being liberated from Isis

Jordan

The Jordan Times: Queen urges boldness, innovation in bringing hope and dignity to refugees

Al Jazeera: Mosul’s Christian exiles have little hope of return

Israel / Palestinian Territories

The Times of Israel: Christian supporters of Israel plan to flood UNESCO with bibles

Independent: Palestinians demand UK apology for 1917 Balfour Declaration that pledged British support for the creation of Israel

A special report from Mosul

November

It is said that every tragedy has a silver lining, but I find it extremely difficult to see one in the midst of what is happening in Mosul. There are bits and pieces of hope – the hopes of broken souls – but can what is broken be glued back together, will it ever be truly the same?

 

We cannot say how much worse the situation will get. So many bad things have happened in this part of Iraq, bad things that have piled on top of each other. With the liberation of Mosul under way, we still cannot classify it as a good thing because there is so much horror still happening within the city. We can hope and pray for something better to come, but things don’t always happen as expected, especially when it is a story of manmade evil; anything can happen.

 

For example, in the first week of fighting, civilians did not leave Mosul for the refugee camps that had been prepared for them outside of the city because it was too dangerous to come that way. That did not happen until a couple of days ago when refugees starting pouring into Khazir in their thousands. Khazir was the first area to be liberated from ISIS – this happened on the first day of battle, Sunday 16th October.

 

Needless to say, the situation for refugees fleeing Mosul and the surrounding villages is inhumane. In Khazir, aid organizations are still not able to reach many people as they are too close to ISIS. It is too dangerous to get to the people there even though they are in dire need of relief. They desperately need basic provisions – food and medical assistance – but we are struggling to get to them. In areas like Makhmour to the south of Mosul, where Debaga camp is, the situation is a bit better. However, a harsh winter is coming and there is already a lack of supplies.

 

It is true that ISIS is being driven out of Mosul and that gives its persecuted population a taste of joy, but its soul has been killed along with its children. The city has mutated into an unrecognisable pile of stones. If these stones could talk, they would cry for all the bloodshed they have witnessed.

 

Some of the Christians have gone back to their villages for the first time in two years to see the destruction in person. If they can, they will try to rebuild their shattered lives. To rebuild Mosul will be difficult. The city’s infrastructure is completely destroyed. It has literally been eaten inside and out; there is an entire tunnel system under the city that can fit a tank.

 

I have witnessed the events since day one. All I can say is that FRRME is and will continue to be there for the victims. They have lost homes, family, and children. A scar has been left on the face of the Earth but with your support and kindness we will do what we can to help feed the persecuted. Kindness is the only currency left and I wish for the day it becomes universal.

 

Dr Sarah Ahmed

Director of Operations in the Middle East

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Weekly Media Summary 28 October 2016

October

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, Jordan, Israel / Palestine.

This week’s Media Summary features news about the battle for Mosul; a news report about Iraqi Christian refugees in Jordan; and Russian plans to host Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Iraq

Reuters: Iraq’s Shi’ite militias say offensive west of Mosul imminent

Christian Today: 5 Out of 6 Christians In Iraq Have Been Forced To Flee Since 2003

Jordan

CNN: Mosul: The Christian refugees who can never return home

The Jordan Times: Jordan, US sign four grant agreements

Israel / Palestinian Territories

RT: Moscow aims to host ‘meaningful’ Israeli-Palestinian talks

Guardian: Unesco adopts controversial resolution on Jerusalem holy sites

ISIS attacks Kirkuk, just miles from our special needs school

October

Below is a short update from FRRME’s Director of Operations in the Middle East, Dr Sarah Ahmed.

“The humanitarian situation in Mosul is getting worse. Civilians who have managed to escape the surrounding villages have not been able to reach Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan. Instead, some have walked as far as Syria for refuge. When the fighting moves into Mosul, the UN is expecting tens of thousands of people to flee. There are real fears there won’t be enough food and water for the next wave of IDPs”

“Since the battle for Mosul began, the situation has been very unpredictable. As Iraqi Government forces approached the city, ISIS launched a surprise counter-attack on Kirkuk, which is where our special needs school is based. We were terrified for the children there. Thankfully, ISIS was pushed back by the Kurdish Peshmerga. However, people are now scared that ISIS will return to the town, or that there will be a similar attack in Erbil.”

One of the girls at our special needs school in Kirkuk

>”There has been some good news however. The town of Bartella, 21 kilometres east of Mosul and home to a community of Iraqi Christians, has been liberated from ISIS. Many of the refugees in our care come from Bartella, including Raed, whose testimony can be read here. Hopefully, Mosul will follow. In the meantime, with your help, we are continuing to provide emergency relief to thousands of IDPs in 17 camps across the region.”

Below is an infographic showing how your donations will help. Given the worsening situation in Mosul, we hope that you will be able to support our work.

How you can help

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 The Emergency Appeal for Iraqi Refugees by clicking here.

Thank you,

The FRRME Team

Weekly Media Summary 21 October 2016

October

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, Jordan, Israel / Palestine.

This week’s Media Summary features news about the worsening humanitarian crisis in Mosul and Jordan; an IS counter-offensive in Kirkuk; and escalating tensions in Israel and the West Bank.

Iraq

The Guardian: Funding crisis threatens Mosul aid, warn relief workers

BBC News: IS militants attack Iraqi city of Kirkuk as Mosul offensive continues

Jordan

Kuwait News Agency: UNHCR seeks to provide USD multi-mln aid for Iraqi, Syrian refugees

The Jordan Times: Arab Christians integral to region, King reiterates

Israel / Palestinian Territories

Reuters: Israeli forces kill Palestinian assailant in West Bank: police

The Jerusalem Post: Shin Bet: Arab-Israeli couple arrested for joining Islamic State in Iraq

 

Please help the people of Mosul

October

The battle for Mosul has begun. The Iraqi army, along with pro-government militias and the Kurdish Peshmerga, are in day four of attempting to recapture the city from Islamic State. So far, an estimated 5,000 civilians, mainly women and children, have fled. Many have made their way to the Al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria. The fact that Iraqis are fleeing to Syria for sanctuary gives you some idea of the dire situation in Mosul.

FRRME is working on the front line of this humanitarian crisis, distributing food in Dohuk and Erbil, the two main IDP centres in the region. Thanks to your support, our team on the ground is helping to feed thousands of people.
For example, in Debaga camp in Erbil we are working with other NGOs, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, on providing 7,000 people with hot food twice a day (many of the people in these camps haven’t eaten a hot meal in months).
There have been reports that children in Mosul are dying of thirst. Those who do make it out of the city face a perilous journey through miles of mine-strewn desert. While the camps can be harsh places, particularly for children, they offer relative safety compared to the war beyond their gates.
In some of the camps there are even play areas for the children offering momentary respite from the horrors around them.
We need your help. The people who have fled Mosul and the surrounding villages have no means of feeding themselves. Below is an infographic showing how your donations will help.

If you would like to learn more about our work, please visit our website by clicking here. If you would like to support our work, please see the giving options below.

How you can help

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 The Emergency Appeal for Iraqi Refugees by clicking here.

Thank you,

The FRRME Team

Weekly Media Summary 14 October 2016

October

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, Jordan, Israel / Palestine.

This week’s Media Summary features news about the exodus of Christians from Iraq; Jordanian plans to deliver aid to Syrian refugees by crane; and Israel’s decision to freeze ties with UNESCO over ‘denying Jewish holy sites.”

Iraq

Premier: 5 out of 6 Christians have fled Iraq since 2003

Christian Today: ISIS Militants Blow Up Church in Iraq

Jordan

Guardian: Jordan to deliver aid by crane to Syrian refugees trapped in no-man’s land

The Jordan Times: UNESCO fully backs Jordan’s pro-Jerusalem moves

Israel / Palestinian Territories

BBC News: Israel freezes ties with Unesco for ‘denying Jewish holy sites’

Jewish News: Palestinians push for end to settlements in statehood bid

 

A new school and kitchen for IDPs in Northern Iraq

October

This month, we have helped build a school and kitchen in Northern Iraq which will educate and feed thousands of Internally Displaced People (IDP). The new school in Harsham Camp, north of Erbil, will educate girls who are outside the education system. Currently, Harsham hosts more than 1,500 internally displaced Iraqi families. Many of these people fled Mosul and its surrounding villages to escape Islamic State.

Desks being delivered to the girls school in Harsham
According to the United Nations, there are currently 3.5 million Iraqi school children missing out on education. Last month, together with the Iraqi Ministry of Education, UNICEF launched a nationwide ‘Back to School’ campaign in 10 governorates across the country. Lack of schooling remains a huge issue in Iraq, as is daily food provision for IDPs.
A new kitchen in Debaga Camp being built
The kitchen we have helped build is in Debaga Camp in Erbil. Debaga was originally built to house displaced families living in informal settlements in the area. Since it opened however, its population has increased tenfold, with over 30,000 people spread across three sites. We are continuing to feed thousands of IDPs there, and in 16 other camps across Iraqi Kurdistan, every month.
Sadly, some families do not fall under the criteria of the UN’s World Food Programme because they do not have the right documentation and so do not receive any help. Where this is the case, The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME) does its best to provide these families with food.
If you would like to support our humanitarian work in Iraq, or help the Iraqi refugees in our care in Jordan, please see the giving options below. Here is some info about other projects we support in Northern Iraq and how your donations will help:
How you can help
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 emergency appeal by clicking here.
Thank you,
The FRRME Team

Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East,PO Box 229, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 9DL United Kingdom

Weekly Media Summary 7 October 2016

October

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, Jordan, Israel / Palestine.

This week’s Media Summary features news about the forgotten Christians of Iraq, the worsening refugee crisis in Jordan; and US criticism of Israel’s settlement policy.

Iraq

Christianity Today: Christians in Iraq: ‘We Feel The West Has Forgotten Us’

Christianity Today: Iraq Could Lose Its Syriac Christian Population If It Doesn’t Amend Its Constitution

Jordan

The Jordan Times: Jordan tops list of refugee-host countries – Amnesty

Gulf News: Jordan closes border area with Syria amid refugee influx

Israel / Palestinian Territories

The Washington Post: Israel rejects latest U.S. criticism of settlement policy

BBC News: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas undergoes heart tests

 

 

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