Support the persecuted church this Easter

April

For the past 15 years, with your help, we have been transforming lives. We are proud of what we have achieved so far, despite our small size. But times are changing. A dark shadow has cast itself over Iraq. The war there has made 3 million people homeless and decimated the ancient Christian community in the north of the country. In 2003, there were 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Today, it is estimated that there are less than 200,000.

The desecrated baptismal font at the Church of the Immaculate Conception 
in the northern Iraqi town of Qaraqosh

The churches of Iraq, though battered by war, remain faithful to Jesus Christ and committed to their congregations. In the bombed-out cities you will find faith undeterred by persecution. However, the people we are helping are exhausted by their plight. Sadly, they are not supported by the international community (which offers them little assistance) but by the kindness of fellow Christians in the West whose generosity has helped keep them alive.

Many displaced children now find themselves living in makeshift tents on the arid plains of Iraqi Kurdistan, or in overcrowded church compounds 

Through our partnerships with the Syrian Orthodox and Armenian churches, as well as our work with St George’s Church in Baghdad, we are feeding  7,048 Iraqi Christians. That is the equivalent of 1,400 families. Afnan, who was originally from Baghdad and who now lives in Amman with our support, describes the shocking sectarianism which forced her and her family to flee their home:

Afnan (right) with her sister Mariam (left) and mother, Vian

Afnan: “After the war [in 2003] anti-Christian sentiment was much worse and more open. My closest friend came to me once and said she must kill me and cut off my head. She said I was an infidel and should become a Muslim and start wearing the hijab. She said we [her family] should all become Muslims. She would always say the Bible was corrupted.”

Sadly, war in Iraq has driven a wedge between friends but as we celebrate Easter we pray that hope, peace and reconciliation returns to that broken land. The people we are helping, people like Afnan and her family, need your support more than ever. To make a donation this Easter, 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 our emergency appeal by clicking here.

UK residents can also make a donation via text message by following the instructions below:

May this blessed celebration of Easter bring you faith, hope, love and joy.

The FRRME Team

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