Weekly Media Summary 24 March 2017

March

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 features news about the worsening humanitarian situation in Mosul and a UN report about the lack of human development, i.e. education, in Jordan and other Arab countries.

Iraq

The Christian Science Monitor: After ISIS: For Iraqis, reconciliation in Mosul will be challenging, and vital

The Independent: ‘Worst yet to come’ in final push to free Mosul from Isis, says UN

Jordan

The Jordan Times: Youth and women ‘left behind’ in Arab region development progress – UNDP

The Jordan Times: Arab summit’s preparatory meeting focuses on inter-Arab trade

Humanitarian appeal for Iraqi IDPs and Refugees

March

Thousands of innocent civilians, many of them children, are fleeing the war-torn streets of Mosul. According to the latest UN figures, over 195,000 people are currently being sheltered in 21 camps on the outskirts of the city. Our team on the ground has visited two of these camps – Khazir and Chamakor – delivering food and water to thousands of starving and displaced people.

While many hope for an end to the war in Northern Iraq, extreme sectarian violence has become the norm, with rival groups fighting for power and land. Consequently, the humanitarian crisis in the region has grown exponentially with over 3 million people displaced from their homes, with 1 million people needing daily humanitarian assistance.

As a Christian charity, our calling is to help the dispossessed regardless of creed. Through our unique partnership with the Syrian Orthodox and Armenian churches in Northern Iraq, as well as our partnership with the Bishara organisation, we continue to feed 5,000 families every month (this includes Christians, Muslims and Yazidis).

Through our partnership with four churches in Jordan, we are supporting hundreds of Iraqi Christian families who have fled to Amman and are waiting for asylum in the West (a process which can take up to 3 years). In addition to monthly food packages, we also provide money for sheltered accommodation.

As a registered charity we operate within the framework set out by the Charity Commission for England and Wales (our charity number is 1133576). As a registered charity, your donations also qualify for Gift Aid. In 2016, we raised an additional £108,511 in Gift Aid from the donations made to us. This money equates to an extra 650 emergency food packages per month.

As ever, your support makes our work possible. To make a donation, please see the giving options below. Here is an infographic showing how your donations will help.

Making a donation to support our work

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.

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Thank you,
The FRRME Team

Weekly Media Summary 17 March 2017

March

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 features news about the siege of western Mosul by Iraqi government forces and the launch of a new book in Amman documenting the plight of Christians in the Middle East.

Iraq

Reuters: Iraqi forces besiege Islamic State around Mosul Old City

The Christian Post: Knights of Columbus Donates $2 million to Aid Christian Refugees Victimized by ISIS

Jordan

The Jordan Times: Book on conditions of Christians in region launched

The National: After dangerous escapes from conflict, Jordan’s urban refugees find ray of hope

 

 

Giving clothes to Iraqi Christians in Ankawa

March

Thousands of people continue to flee the war-torn streets of western Mosul. This week, there has been heavy fighting around the Grand Mosque where Islamic State’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaimed himself Caliph in July 2014. According to the latest UN figures, over 195,000 people from Mosul are currently being sheltered in 21 camps on the outskirts of the city.

Two children recently arrived at Chamakor camp in eastern Mosul

The situation in Iraqi Kurdistan to the east of Mosul is comparatively stable but there are still a huge number of IDPs living there. Our team on the ground this week visited a camp in Ankawa, a suburb north of Erbil. The camp shelters approximately 5,500 people, mostly Christian, which includes more than 2,000 children. With your support, we provided 600 school children (age 10 – 16) with new clothes.

Iraqi Christian children at Ankawa IDP camp receiving shirts given to them by our team on the ground

Dr Sarah Ahmed, FRRME’s Director of Operations in the Middle East, also opened a new football pitch in Harsham camp which is next to Ankawa. The camp’s occupants are predominately Muslim, with IDPs coming from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. As well as supporting this football project, we continue to support an all-girls school in the camp which educates 30 girls between the ages of 11 – 14.

Iraqi IDPs playing football in Harsham camp
Support for our work 

Thanks to St Simon’s in Southsea for their support of our work this Lent. Despite having to raise money for repairs to their church, the congregation has also committed to raising funds for the care of persecuted Christians in Iraq.

As ever, your support makes our work possible. To make a donation, please see the giving options below. Here is an infographic showing how your donations will help.

Making a donation to support our work

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 Winter Crisis Appeal for Iraqi Refugees by clicking here.

Thank you,

The FRRME Team

Weekly Media Summary 10 March 2017

March

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 features news about the battle for Mosul, including reports that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has fled the city, and the UN’s designation of Jordan as the second largest refugee host worldwide.

Iraq

Telegraph: Isil leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has abandoned Mosul fight, US and Iraqi sources say

CNN: New footage shows fierce firefight in Mosul

Jordan

The Jordan Times: Jordan second largest refugee host worldwide – UNHCR

The Jordan Times: 15 convicted criminals, terrorists executed on Saturday

Caught in the crossfire – an update  on the situation in Mosul

March

In recent weeks, the political and humanitarian situation in Northern Iraq has worsened. In January, Iraqi government forces recaptured the eastern half of the city but the western half remains under the control of Islamic State. Civilians are being caught in the crossfire.

Since last month, 45,000 people are reported to have fled the city, many without shoes on their feet. They are now homeless, without food or water. Wet and cold weather has added to their misery. There have also been reports of chemical weapons, with the International Committee of the Red Cross treating 12 people, including women and children, for suspected exposure to blistering agents.

The fighting has moved to the congested streets of the old city, making it very difficult to defeat what remains of Islamic State in Iraq. Despite recent reports that the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has fled, field commanders and die hard followers continue to put up fierce resistance.

Last week, the Iraqi government opened the Hammam al-Alil displacement camp in southeastern Mosul which is able to accommodate around 4,000 families. However, the camp’s facilities are reportedly very poor and the camp is nowhere near big enough to cater for the 100,000 people that are expected to flee western Mosul in the coming weeks. The UNHCR is currently building an additional camp at Hamman al-Alil that can accommodate up to 40,000 people.

We continue to work with partners on the ground to provide emergency food relief to thousands of internally displaced people every month. We mainly distribute to the IDP camps in Iraqi Kurdistan to the east of Mosul, however we have also distributed food and water at Khazir Camp on the outskirts of the city. See the below infographic for details of how your donations will help:

As ever, your support makes our work possible. To make a donation, please see the giving options below.

Making a donation to support our work

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 Winter Crisis Appeal for Iraqi Refugees by clicking here.

Thank you,
The FRRME Team

Weekly Media Summary 3 March 2017

March

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 features news about the worsening humanitarian situation in Mosul, as well as Jordan’s plea to the international community to maintain its support for the kingdom as it continues to deal with the refugee crisis at its door.

Iraq

Al Jazeera: UN: 4,000 civilians flee Mosul each day amid fighting

Reuters: Rival Kurdish factions clash in northwestern Iraq

Jordan

The Jordan Times: International community urged to maintain support for Kingdom

The Telegraph: Theresa May welcomes King Abdullah II of Jordan

 

Working with Churches in Northern Iraq

March

The key to our success in the Middle East is building relationships with partners on the ground. This has enabled us to deliver emergency relief to tens of thousands of internally displaced Christians in Iraq as well as Iraqi Christian refugees in neighbouring Jordan. In Northern Iraq, our main partners are Archbishop Daoud of the Syrian Orthodox Church; Mr Shent Mardian, Secretary to the Armenian Archbishop; and Mr Omeed Mansour, head of the Bishara Association, a government-funded NGO.

Christopher Segar (FRRME Trustee) with Archbishop Daoud (middle) and Dr Sarah Ahmed (FRRME’s Director of Operations in the Middle East)

Through our partnership with the Syrian Orthodox Church we provide food for some of the 3,000 Iraqi Christian families now in the diocese of Erbil (100 of these families are Armenian). This is important not just because these people have nothing and need our help, but because we are helping to keep Christianity alive in Iraq.

The alter at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Qaraqosh, 20 miles south east of Mosul (this photo was taken by Sarah Ahmed in January)

However, Archbishop Daoud and Mr Mardian have said that their own parishioners will not return either to the Plain of Nineveh or to Mosul until there is an improvement in security and clarity about future governance. For the moment the Christians in Erbil are – like their counterparts in Amman – happier to wait for the possibility of resettlement in The West, a process that can take up to three years.

Dr Sarah Ahmed discussing work with Mr Omeed Mansour of the Bishara Association

We have also partnered with the Bishara Association in a number of projects for IDPs. Mr Mansour is a government lawyer who has set up the NGO on his own initiative. He hopes to set up a branch in the predominantly Christian town of Qaraqosh to support IDPs who wish to return home. He was instrumental in getting our team into Qaraqosh on 25 January to accompany one of the Christian IDPs who wanted to visit her old house.

Support for our work in Castle Cary

 

Castle Cary Methodist chapel, copyright Graham Horn and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License


Our Communications Officer, Alex Wentworth, went to Castle Cary in Somerset last Sunday to address an ecumenical congregation who are keen to support our work. The meeting was held at the beautiful Methodist chapel on the edge of town. Those in attendance asked some very interesting questions and expressed real concern about the plight of their fellow Christians in Iraq. Thank you to them for their support this Lent.

Making a donation to support our work

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 Winter Crisis Appeal for Iraqi Refugees by clicking here.

Thank you,

The FRRME Team

March 2017 Prayer Diary

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March 2017 Prayer Diary

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Weekly Media Summary 24 February 2017

February

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 features news about the retaking of Mosul airport from Islamic State by Iraqi government forces and the the worsening political situation in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Iraq

The Guardian: Iraqi forces seize Mosul airport from Isis as Syrian rebels take al-Bab

Washington Post: US changes rules of engagement for Mosul fight in Iraq

Jordan

Al Jazeera: Jordanians ‘at breaking point’ over austerity measures

Al Bawaba: Jordan’s Islamic Action Front calls for mass rally in Amman

 

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