The safest country in the Middle East for Christians
Jordan has borders with four countries – Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Israel/Palestine. It has a population of 9.5 million and is home to approximately 2 million Palestinian refugees, as well as a growing population of refugees from Iraq and Syria. This has placed enormous strain on the country’s public services. In recent months, the Jordanian government has encouraged refugees to return home.
According to the UN, there are around 30,000 Iraqi refugees living in Jordan, including a large community of Iraqi Christians. Many of these people are from northern Iraq and cannot go back for fear of persecution. Instead, they live among fellow Christians in the capital. While safe from sectarian violence, they are not permitted to work (this is due to high levels of domestic unemployment). No work means no money. This is where we come in:
We are caring for over 1,100 Iraqi Christian families in Jordan each month. We provide them with food and money for rent. Through our partnership with four churches, we provide hundreds of food packages a month. These are our partners – Nazarene Church, Assembly of God Church, Syrian Orthodox Church, and the Greek Orthodox Church.
Each food package we provide is valued at £15 and contains cooking oil, tea, tomato paste, white rice, brown rice, lentils, sugar, milk, tea, salt, white beans, and hygiene products such as toothpaste. Each food package is enough for a family of six.
We are also providing English language classes for the refugees. This year, we hope to expand our language classes. As part of our ‘Voices of Iraq’ project, we also hope to engage the refugees in art projects, cultural awareness courses, and a reconciliation curriculum. Watch this space.