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.

Media Summary 5 February 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 release of a report from the UN Committee in the Rights of the Child detailing ISIS atrocities committed against children, reports that January was one of the deadliest months in years for Iraq and disagreements on strategies for tackling ISIS.

Media Summary

The Independent: Isis militants are ‘using mentally challenged children as suicide bombers and crucifying others,’ says UN body

AINA: Isis selling, crucifying, burying children alive in Iraq: UN

Al Jazeera: Almost 1,400 Iraqis killed in January violence

Al Jazeera: Fighting for Iraq’s National Guard

BBC: Baghdad curfew ended by Iraq PM Haider al-Abadi

Media Summary 29 January 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 massacres in Diyala by Shia militias following ISIS’ ouster, improvements to conditions for IDPs in Iraq, controversy over Kurds not being invited to the London conference on Iraq, and territorial gains from ISIS.

Media Summary

BBC: Iraq probes alleged massacre by Shia militia in Diyala

Rudaw: In Kurdistan refugee camp, cabins replace tents for more dignified living

Rudaw: Congressman denounces US ‘betrayal’ of Kurds at London meeting

Daily Star: Iraqi Kurds gain ground from ISIS, local Sunnis wary

Daily Star: Ain al-Arab seen as key win, Mosul may require new tactics

Media Summary 8 January 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 winter storms affecting IDPs and refugees in the Middle East, optimism in Iraq in the fight against ISIS, and escalating sectarian tensions in Iraq.

Media Summary

BBC: Winter storms bring misery to Middle East refugees

Al Jazeera: ‘ISIL is losing’: Iraqis optimistic for 2015

Daily Star: ISIS’ momentum blunted in Iraq: U.S.

Al Arabiya: Iraq PM calls for ‘tribal revolution’ against ISIS

Rudaw: Source: Thousands of Shiite militiamen, arms brought into Kirkuk

Daily Star: In Iraq’s war against extremists, a quiet sectarian purge

The Winter Clothes Appeal for Iraq Partners with Canon Andrew White and the FRRME

Dear friends,

Urgent Winter Clothes Appeal for Iraq from one of our Mission Partners

A report published by Amnesty International on 19th December has highlighted some of the serious gaps in humanitarian assistance for the 900,000 displaced people that are currently sheltering in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).  The overall number of people displaced since January 2014 now stands at more than 2 million according to the UN.

Representatives from Amnesty have just returned from KRI where they found that many displaced people are having to endure terrible conditions, lacking the basic items needed to survive winter including blankets, warm clothes and heating.  Refugee Rights Advisor for Amnesty International, Khairunissa Dhala states:

“There are shocking gaps in the humanitarian response. People are living in ill-equipped camps or buildings with no walls and no shelter from the cold, wind or rain. Children are running around in thin clothes in the freezing cold.  The international community and Kurdistan Regional Government must urgently make concerted efforts to ensure assistance to those sheltering inside or outside of camps in order to avert a fully-fledged humanitarian disaster.”

‘Receiving clothes in the building site, where the IDPs live’

A Brighton mother, Samara Levy, has been sending lorries filled with winter clothes and shoes to the displaced people in the Dohuk governate of KRI.  After seeing the terrible conditions that Syrian refugees were living in last winter she decided to do something to help.

“Raising children in a tent in the snow without being able to give them basic things like clothes and shoes is unimaginable.  I don’t know how those mothers are coping with day to day life.  There have been recent reports of newborn babies dying in tents because their families are unable to keep them warm.”

‘Trading flip flops for shoes’

“Giving our clothes and shoes is something that all of us can do.  I am urging people to organise collections through their churches, schools and communities which can be added to our next lorry load.  It is easy to do and all the information on how to get started, sort and label everything will be provided.”

The FRRME has helped with funding some of these lorries and will be partnering with Samara to send more winter aid to Iraq. The UN states that around 40 per cent of the displaced people in the Dohuk governorate live in construction sites and unfinished buildings. Most of these lack walls, windows or doors leaving those inside exposed to the cold, wind and rain. They have no heating, water or sanitation facilities. Samara says:

“We are all called to share what we have with those who have nothing, and this is a great way that people can get involved and do something practical to help our brothers and sisters who are facing the toughest winter of their lives.”

If anyone has secure, dry storage space that approximately 6m x 6m x 2m, Samara would also like to hear from you. For more information on how to organise a clothing collection or to donate winter clothes and shoes please contact: samara_abdelnoor@hotmail.com – 07960 937 716.

 

For up to date lists of items needed see:

www.facebook.com/winterclothesappeal

From Brighton to Iraq - The Winter Clothes Appeal arrives
From Brighton to Iraq – The Winter Clothes Appeal arrives

 

With many thanks from the FRRME Team and Samara Levy from The Winter Clothes for Iraq project.

 

 

Photographs:
Header – ‘Clothes distribution in the warehouse’ and ‘This is the place he calls home’.

New Years Update from FRRME

Compliments for the season from the team at the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East

Dear Friends,

2014 has been an exceptionally traumatic year for the people of the Middle East, our team on the ground have heard so many tragic stories. As 2014 draws to a close we wanted to summarise what we have encountered and how we have begun responding to the crises and outline our plans for 2015.

In Amman, Jordan we have been working with local churches supporting Iraqi refugees mostly from Ninevah. There are hundreds of families who have fled to Jordan, many of whom have received no or limited assistance. As refugees they are unable to seek employment and have to wait months to hear whether they will be moved. In the meantime they are relying on charitable support, but this only goes so far and we have found many families that have not eaten for days in order to pay the rent. Many of the children have been out of education for 6 months or more.

A great deal of our time has been spent in Israel/Palestine following recent troubles both in reconciliation and relief. We have been providing aid to Gaza through the Adam Centre which is part of the reconciliation work between Israel and Palestine. We have also been supporting the Church in Bethlehem in providing for the welfare of Christian Palestinians, and the Joseph Storehouse Foundation assisting disadvantaged people in Israel.

At St George’s, Baghdad our work through the school, clinic and food relief programme continued and with many displaced Iraqis moving to Baghdad has increased. Many Iraqis have been displaced to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq where we have been providing relief such as food, blankets, bedding, and mobility aids.

In 2015 we are supporting the construction of an IDP camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and in Baghdad. In Israel/Palestine we are partnered with Mosaica working towards a resolution to the conflict. In Amman we are seeking funding for a school and clinic for the Iraqi refugees, premises have already been located and urgent financial support is needed. We found despair, we brought hope and now through your love please help us.

Wishing you a very happy new year,

The FRRME Team

 

Donate Now

US & Canada: As it is the end of the year it is the last chance for tax deductions to be claimed in the US and Canada. To donate from the US please donate through FRRME America at www.frrmeamerica.org/donate, to donate from Canada you can do so through our partners Voice of the Martyrs at http://www.persecution.com/ or contact them via https://secure.persecution.com/contactus stating that the donation is for FRRME.

Australia: Donations from Australia can be made through our partners Anglican Aid by clicking HERE.

UK: Donations can be made through our website at www.frrme.org/donate.

Canon Andrew White voted No 1 in top 100 UK Christians

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Canon Andrew White was voted No 1 on the Archbishop Cranmer’s top 100 UK Christians 2014 chosen by “overwhelming affirmation and democratic consensus”. It was stated, “This award is bestowed in appreciation of Canon Andrew White’s ministry of peace and reconciliation, and admiration for his faithful dedication to the cause of compassion amidst the deserts of unimaginable suffering and persecution.”

To see the full list and comments on Canon White please click HERE.

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