Dear FRRME supporter,
Following the Kurdish independence referendum on 25 September, tensions between the Kurdish Regional Government in Erbil and the Government of Iraq in Baghdad have escalated into a full-blown military standoff.
This week, the Iraqi army seized the oil-rich city of Kirkuk in the north of the country (which had been under Kurdish control). There are also reports that a Baghdad-backed militia has taken control of Sinjar, a town in the predominantly Christian province of Nineveh.
One of our staff who works in Erbil is trying to leave the city. However, flights from Erbil are limited and the roads out of the city are increasingly dangerous. Given the worsening situation, we ask our supporters for the following prayers:
- Pray for our colleague that she will find safe passage soon and not be stranded in Erbil.
- Pray that the Kurdish and Iraqi leaderships will de-escalate tensions before plunging a region already ravaged by war into another conflict.
- Pray that the people of northern Iraq, including the Christians and other minorities, are not caught in the middle of yet another conflict.
- Pray that our work feeding the displaced and dispossessed in northern Iraq continues without disruption.