Christmas and New Year at St George’s Church in Baghdad

Despite the spectre of violence that hangs over Iraq, the congregation at St George’s Church in Baghdad was able to celebrate Christmas and New Year in relative peace. St George’s remains very much in our prayers and we continue to fully fund the health clinic there. Additionally, the American branch of the Foundation provides monthly funding for food relief.

In his Boxing Day address, Pope Francis paid tribute to Iraq’s persecuted and dwindling Christian community, commenting that “there are more Christian martyrs now than in the Church’s early days.” While this is certainly the case, it was heartening to see the children at St George’s singing in praise of Yeshua and enjoying themselves. Father Christmas even made an appearance!

Helping the persecuted in Northern Iraq

In Northern Iraq we continue to provide for thousands of internally displaced people. Through our partnerships with the Syrian Orthodox and Armenian Churches, we are feeding 5,500 Christian families every month. We are also providing food and water to tens of thousands of IDPs, many of them Muslim, across 17 displacement camps. This includes Khazir Camp on the outskirts of Mosul, Islamic State’s de facto capital in Iraq.

This recent article in Al Monitor paints a picture of Iraq as a tolerant, pluralist society, despite the efforts of extremists to tear the country apart. While we are a Christian charity, we are non-sectarian in our approach to aid provision. With your support we will continue to help the displaced and the dispossessed in Northern Iraq regardless of creed.

Continuing our work in the Hashemite Kingdom

We are continuing our work in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, providing hundreds of Iraqi Christian refugee families with heaters and blankets, as well as money for rented accommodation and food. While we are no longer funding the school in Marka or the clinic in Sweifieh, we will continue to provide for the most vulnerable through our church partners.

We are currently working with 4 churches in Jordan, including the Nazarene Church, Syrian Orthodox Church, and Greek Catholic Church. Together we are feeding 3,000 Iraqi Christians every month. The Hashemite Kingdom remains one of the safest places in the Middle East for persecuted Christians. Below is an infographic showing how your donations are helping in Jordan.

The measure of a charity

The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME) is registered with The Charity Commission for England and Wales. You can look us up on their online register by clicking here. Simply type our charity number into the search box to see how your donations are helping (our charity number is 1133576).

How you can help

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