At St George’s Church in Baghdad, where our work began and where we are fully funding a health clinic, the congregation celebrated Easter amid worsening sectarian violence. On Good Friday a bomb went off in the city’s Al-Maalef district killing two people and injuring four. Despite this, hundreds of people came to the church to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Easter service was led by the Rt Rev Michael Lewis, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, who washed the feet of the parishioners. To watch a video of the Easter Sunday service click here.

Sadly, in other parts of Iraq Christianity has been driven out. A report in The New York Times this week showed footage of Qaraqosh in the north of the country. The journalist described it as a “ghost town”. Our team in Iraq visited Qaraqosh in January and found the same thing. Despite Daesh being beaten, Christians are still too afraid to go back to their homes.

We are continuing to feed 7,000 Christians in Iraq, many of whom have fled Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. Others remain in Baghdad and receive food packages we provide through St George’s Church. If you would like to support this work or any of our other projects, please see the giving options at the bottom of this newsletter.

Special thanks to a special supporter

London: Joseph Moore ran from the Imperial War Museum to the Iraqi Embassy to highlight the needs of the persecuted church in the Middle East. He also raised £434 / $556 for our cause. Thank you Joseph, we really appreciate your effort. We encourage others to participate in this sort of fundraising as it really helps spread the word about our work.

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:

Thank you for your support,

The FRRME Team