Iraqi Christians and Muslims working together to help the sick

St George's Clinic Iraq used to have one of the best healthcare sectors in the Middle East. But decades of war and sanctions have left it in ruins. These days, complicated surgeries often have to be performed in other countries. There is a shortage of vital drugs and seeing a doctor can cost hundreds of [...]

Teleskuf, the rebirth of an Iraqi village

Bishop's Hill Teleskuf (meaning 'Bishop's Hill' in Aramaic) is a Christian village in northern Iraq. The village was captured by ISIS in 2014 and 2016 but on both occasions the jihadis were driven out. The second battle made international headlines as a US Navy SEAL was killed helping friendly forces retreat to safety. Since ISIS' [...]

World Cup fever comes to Iraqi refugee camp

World Cup Fever comes to Iraqi refugee camp Following England's nail biting victory against Colombia, we wanted to share a good news story with you. Harsham refugee camp in northern Iraq is home to 1,500 internally displaced families, including many children. Most have lost everything - their homes, their possessions, their loved ones. But thanks [...]

Support Iraq’s Christians, support Nineveh SEED

"I would like to thank you for the excellent work that  the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation is doing to engage with and support minority communities within Iraq."    - The Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa How you can help save Christianity in Iraq Since ISIS was defeated [...]

“We came from this soil and we will die in this soil” – Yakub’s story

The desecration of The Virgin and Child Yakub's story has some shocking details. We visited him in Qaraqosh, the Christian town in the Nineveh Plain 30 miles southeast of Mosul. ISIS used his large house as one of their operational bases. When we arrive, he is keen to show us around. He wants us to [...]

“This Christian does not deserve to have a tomb” – Marlene’s story

Murder in Mosul Today is World Refugee Day. According to the United Nations, 68 million people around the world are refugees or internally displaced. One of these refugees is a woman called Marlene, an Iraqi Christian originally from northern Iraq. We interviewed her in Jordan where she now lives with her husband, Jinan, and their [...]

Has Trump abandoned Iraq’s Christians?

The people the American President forgot Since the devastation of northern Iraq by Islamic State, Iraq's Christians have become a forgotten people. Ignored by the UN and the majority of Western governments, they have to fend for themselves or are supported by organisations like FRRME. Last year the Trump administration said it would assist Iraq's [...]

St George’s Church in Baghdad needs your help

A Ministry Under Siege St George's Church in Baghdad is a ministry under siege. However, with your support we are helping members of the congregation like Nadira. Nadira is in poor health. She is often breathless and seems exhausted. She has suffered more than most. Originally from Baghdad, she lost her husband in 2005 in [...]

Iraqi priest speaks out on the need for trauma counselling

How do you rebuild humanity in Iraq? Father Aram is an extraordinary man. During our interview with him in the northern Iraqi town of Alqosh, he says: “Our mission is to build humanity again.” A lot of people are talking about rebuilding the towns and villages destroyed by ISIS. Father Aram wants to rebuild the […]

Was Iraq better under Saddam?

The woman whose name means ‘Moon’ During our recent trip to Baghdad we interviewed congregants of St George’s, Iraq’s only Anglican church. One of those willing to share their story was Luna. Luna was effervescent when we met her and smiled a lot at the start of the interview. This made her opening comment all […]

Political earthquake hits Iraq – what now for the Christians?

"If we go for a civil state, we have hope. But if Iraq goes for a theocratic state that will be a disaster not only for Christians but for everybody" - Yonadam Kanna, Iraqi MP Muqtada al-Sadr, the kingmaker of Iraq Radical Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s party has won the Iraqi election. Al-Sadr was once [...]

Iraqi Christian women share their hopes and fears

Who is to blame for ISIS? On the eve of the Iraqi election, we interviewed three women about their hopes and fears for the future. Sally, Rashel and Rahma are all students at the Catholic University in Erbil. They were driven from their homes in Qaraqosh when ISIS came. They all expressed disappointment with the [...]

The Healing Power of Football

Our trip to northern Iraq Last week I was in northern Iraq with a small team. We went to towns and villages where ISIS had been. We went to listen. We wanted to hear from those who have suffered so much, but who are still there! We went to hear their stories of trauma, survival [...]

The Born Again Village in Iraq

This week I had the privilege to join hundreds of Christians in the village of Teleskuf in northern Iraq for St George’s Day. These people fled their homes as ISIS advanced. They left with nothing, not knowing what the future would hold for their families. Three years later they returned and they have rebuilt their [...]

Weekly Media Summary 20 April 2018

Keeping you informed Every Friday we publish our Weekly Media Summary which includes a selection of news stories about the region in which we work. Currently, we operate in northern Iraq, Baghdad and Amman. Unfortunately, much of the online news these days is behind paywalls but we will do our best to share content which […]

The women refugees showing real strength

This week's update was written by Helena Scott, our Project Officer in Jordan Resilience 'Resilience' is the adjective I use to describe the refugees we are supporting. I am very impressed with the resilience of the women in particular. Regardless of age or background, the Iraqi women I meet in Jordan share one thing in [...]

Weekly Media Summary 13 April 2018

Keeping you informed Every Friday we publish our Weekly Media Summary which includes a selection of news stories about the region in which we work. Currently, we operate in northern Iraq, Baghdad and Amman. Unfortunately, much of the online news these days is behind paywalls but we will do our best to share content which […]

Forgiving ISIS?

Notorious jihadis finally captured Two of ISIS' infamous 'Beatles' gang have been giving interviews this week. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh were captured in January trying to flee war-torn Syria. Associates of Jihadi John, they are allegedly responsible for the torture and execution of non-combatants, including Western journalists and aid workers. Unrepentant What is [...]

Weekly Media Summary 6 April 2018

Keeping you informed Every Friday we publish our Weekly Media Summary which includes a selection of news stories about the region in which we work. Currently, we operate in northern Iraq, Baghdad and Amman. Unfortunately, much of the online news these days is behind paywalls but we will do our best to share content which […]

The message this Easter is reconciliation

Meeting with Ayatollah Hussein al-Sadr As one of Iraq's most senior Shia clerics, he suffered torture under Saddam Hussein. Despite this, Ayatollah Hussein al-Sadr is still smiling. His warmth shines through. When we met him during our recent trip to Baghdad, he spoke of our common humanity and the need for reconciliation. In a country [...]

An Easter message to you from St George’s, Baghdad

Lent Week 7: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled When I visited St George's, Baghdad last month I found a church which actively demonstrates the above verse. They face many challenges, including living under armed protection because of the ongoing threat to Christians from terrorists who want [...]

Weekly Media Summary 23 March 2018

Keeping you informed Every Friday we publish our Weekly Media Summary which includes a selection of news stories about the region in which we work. Currently, we operate in northern Iraq, Baghdad and Amman. Unfortunately, much of the online news these days is behind paywalls but we will do our best to share content which […]

Remembering the Martyrs of Baghdad

Lent Week 6: Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness Last week we told you about The Barbers of Baghdad. This week, we are remembering the Martyrs of Baghdad. On the evening of 31st October 2010, seven men with machine guns pulled up outside the 'Our Lady of Deliverance Church' in Baghdad. The [...]

Weekly Media Summary 16 March 2018

Keeping you informed Every Friday we publish our Weekly Media Summary which includes a selection of news stories about the region in which we work. Currently, we operate in northern Iraq, Baghdad and Amman. Unfortunately, much of the online news these days is behind paywalls but we will do our best to share content which […]

The Barbers of Baghdad – practical peacemaking!

Lent Week 5: Blessed are the peacemakers During our recent trip to Iraq we met The Barbers of Baghdad - keep reading to find out who they are... The Virgin Mary refugee camp in Baghdad is home to Christian families who fled from the north after ISIS attacked. I listened to the tragic stories of [...]

Weekly Media Summary 9 March 2018

Keeping you informed Every Friday we publish our Weekly Media Summary, a selection of news stories about the region in which we work. Currently, our projects are in northern Iraq, Baghdad and Amman. Much of the online news these days is behind paywalls but we will do our best to share content which is free […]

God and the white cat

Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God Lent Week 4 – A Christian Iraqi woman I met told me how she had been driven from her home by ISIS. She said: “When we left our town, it was the first time I asked God ‘Why did you do this to us?’….”. […]

Weekly Media Summary 2 March 2018

Keeping you informed Every Friday we publish our Weekly Media Summary, a selection of news stories about the region in which we work. Currently, our projects are in northern Iraq, Baghdad and Amman. Much of the online news these days is behind paywalls but we will do our best to share content which is free […]

Revenge or Mercy?

Lent Week 3: Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy Revenge or Mercy? Think how you would react to the multiple tragedies of Iraq over more than 40 years. The brutality of Saddam Hussein. The war with Iran in which a million people died. The US-led invasion in 2003. The insurgency which followed [...]

Weekly Media Summary 23 February 2018

Keeping you informed Every Friday we share a selection of news stories about the region in which we work. Currently, our projects are in northern Iraq, Baghdad and Amman. Much of the online news these days is behind paywalls but we will do our best to share content which is free to view. This week’s […]

We’ve signed an important letter to the United Nations Security Council

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is charged with maintaining international peace and security. It has five permanent members – China, France, Russia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. There are also ten non-permanent members which are elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly. The Netherlands is currently a non-permanent member and will […]

Traumatised ISIS victim says “God never forgot us”

Lent Week 2 - How can the 'meek' be blessed? In His sermon on the mount Jesus said "Blessed are the meek". How can that be true? Surely the meek will be downtrodden, taken advantage of, abused, stolen from, even killed ... won't they? Well maybe / maybe not, but Psalm 37 gives us a [...]

Weekly Media Summary 16 February 2018

Keeping you informed Every Friday we share a selection of news stories about the region in which we work. Currently, our projects are in northern Iraq, Baghdad and Amman. However, we will also share stories about other places / issues relevant to our work. Much of the online news these days is behind paywalls but […]

Lent Week 1: Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit

Some years ago I visited the traditional site of Christ's 'sermon on the mount' on the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Today, it is a peaceful place for contemplation, far removed from the experience of many in our troubled world, not least those we are helping in Iraq. The teaching of Jesus in that [...]

Weekly Media Summary 9 February 2018

Keeping you informed Every Friday we share a selection of news stories and other links about the region in which we work. Currently, our projects are in northern Iraq, Baghdad and Amman. However, we will also share stories about other places / issues relevant to our work. Much of the online news these days is […]

An Oasis of Grace in Iraq

Many of you know of the work of St George's in Baghdad and have supported it in prayer over the years. Our charity and our sister charity, FRRME America, have been and remain major funders of the church and its ministry. I was blessed to be at St George's last weekend to see something of [...]

Weekly Media Summary 2 February 2018

Keeping you informed Every Friday we share a selection of news stories and other links about the region in which we work. Currently, our projects are in northern Iraq, Baghdad and Amman. However, we will also share stories about other places / issues relevant to our work. Much of the online news these days is […]

Support our Lent programme and help the persecuted in Iraq and Jordan

In the run-up to Easter we will be sharing a series of updates about our trip to Iraq and Jordan Throughout Lent we will be providing updates on our work linked to devotional Bible texts. With this in mind, we ask that you pray for our church partners in Iraq and Jordan who, along with [...]

Weekly Media Summary 26 January 2018

Keeping you informed Every Friday we share a selection of news stories and other links about the region in which we work. Currently, our projects are in northern Iraq, Baghdad and Amman. However, we will share stories about other countries / issues if it is relevant. Much of the online news these days is behind […]

Iraqi Christian refugees in Jordan still need your help

  Here is an update from our Project Officer in Jordan, Helena Scott. She works with the Iraqi Christian refugee community there, many of whom fled Mosul and the Nineveh Plain when ISIS annexed the region. Through church partners in Amman and Madaba, she distributes food packages and financial support to the most needy. She […]

Weekly Media Summary 19 January 2018

Keeping you informed Every Friday, we share a selection of news stories and other links about the region in which we work. Currently, our projects are in northern Iraq, Baghdad and Amman. However, we will share stories about other countries if it has some bearing on our work. Much of the online news these days […]

An update on the situation in Iraq

It is a time of anniversaries. Twenty seven years ago this week, the first US bombs rained down on Saddam Hussein's regime. Operation Desert Storm had begun. Four years ago this month, ISIS first proclaimed itself an Islamic state having taken control of the Iraqi city of Fallujah. Today, America and ISIS are still in [...]

Weekly Media Summary 12 January 2018

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes reports about the forced return of Iraqi IDPs to unsafe areas […]

Watch our new ‘Voices of Iraq’ trailer

A brilliant young filmmaker called Sam Davis has produced a trailer for our new 'Voices of Iraq' project. He travelled to Jordan before Christmas, accompanying our CEO, Mike Simpson, and FRRME trustee, Christopher Segar. There, he filmed interviews with Iraqi Christian refugees, most of home had fled so-called Islamic State in northern Iraq. 'Voices of [...]

Weekly Media Summary 5 January 2018

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes a report about the return of Iraqi IDPs to their homes […]

Happy New Year to our supporters

In 2017, ISIS was defeated in Iraq. The ancient city of Mosul, the caliphate's de facto capital, was liberated after a 9 month siege. Approximately 100,000 fighters, a mixture of Iraqi government troops and Shia militias, retook the city from 10,000 ISIS fanatics who had terrorised the population on a daily basis. Two weeks ago [...]

Weekly Media Summary 22 December 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes reports about the challenges facing post-ISIS Iraq and a new exhibition […]

A short Christmas message (with silly outfits)

  As a dedicated supporter of our work, you’re probably expecting an update from us this Christmas. Well, here it is. The refugees we are helping are so thankful to you for the kindness and generosity you have shown them in 2017. Without your continued support, they would have nowhere to live, no regular source of […]

Weekly Media Summary 15 December 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes reports about the Iraqi government’s execution of Isis suspects and protests […]

Talking to big hitters in Washington about persecuted Christians

I was privileged to attend an extraordinary conference last week in Washington DC on ‘The Persecution of Christians in the Holy Lands and the Middle East’. It is hard to imagine a more timely and important conference subject. Three Archbishops, three US Senators, members of the current US government, academics and lawyers were among those […]

Help the forgotten people of Iraq this Christmas

With your help, FRRME is bringing hope to Iraqi refugees, including thousands of persecuted Christians. We want to enable those who have suffered so much under ISIS to move forward from that trauma. May I implore you to help in any way you can towards our £250,000 appeal (details of how to give are at the […]

Weekly Media Summary 1 December 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes a report about a Christian school in southern Iraq which has […]

Trauma counselling for Iraqi refugee children

In Iraq, ISIS recruited children. They called them the ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ and ordered them to commit atrocities. Even after the fall of Mosul, the indoctrination of children by ISIS continues. Just this week, two Cubs of the Caliphate were filmed hacking the arms and head off a suspected “spy”. Video of this gruesome […]

December 2017 Prayer Diary

Please click  2017 12 – December Prayer Diary  to see this month’s diary. Please click  HERE  for our Christmas card appeal If you would like to receive regular monthly updates, please contact our office@frme.org. You can also follow us on Facebook With best wishes from the FRRME team   Now therefore, while we have time, let us do good […]

Weekly Media Summary 24 November 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes a report about an archaeological project in southern Iraq which documents […]

They bombed the churches and dug tunnels all over the city

  This is Salim, an Iraqi Christian from Qaraqosh. He speaks with fondness and nostalgia about his old home: “If you could have seen Qaraqosh before the war, it was amazing. I wish you had been there.” ISIS tried to capture the city in July 2014 but were pushed back by a small band of […]

Weekly Media Summary 17 November 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news reports about Iraqi spies infiltrating Isis and a first of […]

“We believe we must forgive” – breaking bread with Iraqi Christian refugees

“We believe we must forgive.” So said one of the Christian Iraqi men I met in Jordan last week. Having listened to the tragic and traumatic stories of many Christian refugees there, it is inspiring and moving to hear this talk of forgiveness. We are now supporting over 1,100 Christian families in Jordan who have […]

EMERGENCY PRAYER REQUEST – IRAQ EARTHQUAKE

As if the people of Iraq didn’t have enough to cope with, now they have been hit by the deadliest earthquake this year. The quake, which measured 7.3 on The Richter Scale, occurred on the border between Iraq and Iran. Over 400 people  are thought to have perished, with an estimated 7,000 injured. Eyewitnesses compared the […]

Weekly Media Summary 10 November 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the rise of Shia militias in post-ISIS Iraq and […]

Meet the team at St George’s Clinic, Baghdad

The medical team at St George’s Clinic in Baghdad continues to treat people of all faiths despite the recent spate of sectarian bombings. Since the retaking of Mosul in the north of the country by the Iraqi army, the capital has been subjected to frequent attacks by Islamic State. The security situation has been made […]

The ‘Voices of Iraq’ project takes shape in Jordan

In 2015, in a meeting room at London’s Heathrow Airport, FRRME staff met with a group of church leaders and Christian NGOs. They had flown in from around the world to discuss the terrible fate of Christians in Iraq and Syria who had found themselves living in a newly-created caliphate where Christianity was punishable by […]

Voices of Iraq: From Victim, to Survivor, to Thriver

From September 21st to 23rd, FRRME staff attended an event hosted by The Centre of Global Migration (CGM) entitled “Untold Experiences of Vulnerable Refugees”. Presented as a workshop to discuss the severe consequences of forced migration, the event brought together researchers, practitioners and policy makers to form a much needed international network for up to […]

Weekly Media Summary 6 October 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the retaking of Hawija from IS and a job […]

In post-ISIS Iraq the challenges are greater than ever

This week the Iraqi army retook Hawija, the last major Iraqi town under ISIS control. This followed the news that the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is still alive, although his exact whereabouts are unknown. While ISIS appears to be on the way out, the humanitarian disaster it has created continues. Over 3 million people […]

Weekly Media Summary 29 September 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes an article in The Church Times about the Iraqi Kurdish independence […]

A harrowing testimony from Iraq

I recently met with an Iraqi woman and her four beautiful children. They are originally from Qaraqosh (Iraq’s largest Christian town). I’ve met with her several times before but this time, over qahwah and sweets, she shared her harrowing testimony. She gave me permission to share this with you. When ISIS came to Qaraqosh, the […]

October 2017 Prayer Diary

Please click Prayer diary October 2017 to see this month’s bulletin Please click HERE for information on the families we are caring for. If you would like to receive regular monthly updates, please contact our office@frrme.org. You can also follow us on Facebook With best wishes from the FRRME team   Now therefore, while we have time, let us […]

Weekly Media Summary 22 September 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the return of Mosul’s children to school, and the […]

Lobbying politicians on the issue of Iraq’s persecuted Christians  

For those Christians who currently remain in Iraq life is tough. Most are internally displaced people (IDPs) who have been forced from their homes and are now living in tents, caravans, basements or sharing crowded accommodation with other families. Those from the villages of the Nineveh Plain may have lost everything when Islamic State advanced. […]

Middle East Report interviews our new CEO, Mike Simpson (PART TWO)

In this exclusive interview with Middle East Report, FRRME’s new CEO Mike Simpson talks about what we are doing to help Iraq’s displaced Christians – click on the below image to listen to part two of the interview.  Part one of the interview can be heard here. In the coming weeks and months we will be […]

Weekly Media Summary 15 September 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the sacking of the Governor of Kirkuk for opting […]

How your support is helping Iraqi Christian refugees in Jordan 

Last week we introduced our new initiative – Voices of Iraq – a project to give displaced Iraqi Christians a voice. Some of these people have made their way to Jordan where, thanks to your continued support, they are slowly rebuilding their shattered lives. With the money you gave us, we delivered clothing coupons to 510 children […]

Middle East Report interviews our new CEO, Mike Simpson (PART ONE)

In this exclusive interview with Middle East Report, FRRME’s new CEO Mike Simpson talks about the tragic plight of Christians in Iraq – click on the below image to listen to part one of the interview. With your support, we are continuing to feed thousands of internally displaced Iraqi Christians in northern Iraq, as well […]

Weekly Media Summary 8 September 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes a report about Isil’s next plan of attack and news that […]

Voices of Iraq

The persecuted Christians of Iraq have not been heard strongly enough in the corridors of government or in the media. With that in mind, here they are, in their own words. If you would like to help them, please support our work and make a donation (giving options at the bottom of this update). N.B. […]

Weekly Media Summary 1 September 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the liberation of Nineveh Province in northern Iraq and […]

Amid the Baghdad bombings, we deliver food to the Christians

Baghdad has been rocked by more sectarian violence this week. On Monday, a massive car bomb ripped through a packed market in the Shiite district of Sadr City. 12 people were killed and 28 wounded. Despite the danger, we are continuing to deliver aid to members of the congregation at St George’s, the only Anglican […]

September 2017 Prayer Diary

Dear friend, In this month’s prayer bulletin we welcome Mike Simpson, our new FRRME CEO. We also give thanks for our Founder, Canon Andrew, whose vision and passion inspired FRRME’s origins. We honour and bless him. Please click FRRME Prayer Diary September 2017 to see this month’s bulletin. If you would like to receive regular monthly updates, […]

Weekly Media Summary 25 August 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the battle for Tal Afar in northern Iraq and […]

An update on our reconciliation work

We are moving our reconciliation work forward. In the past, we connected with religious leaders, people whose influence we relied upon to make a positive impact. Post-ISIS, there must also be a political settlement. The future of Iraq will be decided at a governmental level, although religious leaders will of course play a role. We […]

Weekly Media Summary 18 August 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the Iranian and Saudi influence on Iraqi politics, and […]

A message from our new Chief Executive

I am delighted to join The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME) as the new Chief Executive. FRRME is a unique charity working with many thousands of Iraqis who have been forced from their homes and terrorised beyond belief. Iraq has been in our news so much over the last few […]

Weekly Media Summary 11 August 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the execution of Isis members by the Iraqi government […]

Surviving in Jordan – An Update from our Project Officer in Amman

Three months after moving to Jordan from the US and I am writing with hope, determination and an increased thirst to help the Iraqi Christian refugees here. In July I set up an English class in Madaba, a city to the south of Amman, which has given me the opportunity to get to know the people […]

Telling the Untold: “A Future for Iraqi Christians” DVD

Reconciliation at its most basic is the ability to live alongside one’s neighbour, building stable communities, without fear of retribution, and yet acknowledging the need for accountability. FRRME exists to promote conflict resolution and reconciliation in the Middle East, seeing peace building through the reconciliation of communities and economic rejuvenation. Our work, made possible with […]

Weekly Media Summary 4 August 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the Christian-sponsored reconstruction of Karamdes, a predominantly Christian town […]

8 churches in Baghdad close… but we are still there

Baghdad CBN News reports this week that eight Catholic churches in Baghdad were closed in May. The decision, taken by the Vatican, is the result of a dwindling congregation, many of whom have fled the city or are too afraid to go to Sunday Mass. Despite this sad news, we will continue to fund the […]

August 2017 Prayer Diary

Please click the button below to read our monthly prayer diary: August 2017 Prayer Diary Please note that the Prayer Diary is also accessible through the new Prayermate App which can be accessed by following the instructions below: Instructions for Prayermate App

Weekly Media Summary 28 July 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the rebuilding of Mosul post-ISIS and a feature about […]

After Mosul, we must continue to help Iraqi Christians

Turn on the television and you will see that Mosul has been liberated. This much-vaunted victory has cost 40,000 civilian lives. Some of the liberators have committed what is politely referred to in the western media as “extrajudicial killings” – throwing suspects off rooftops and running over them with tanks. Could this be a portent […]

Weekly Media Summary 21 July 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about a mooted ‘safe haven’ for Iraqi Christians in northern […]

You give refugee children in Jordan hope

From the blood-soaked plains of northern Iraq to the dusty backstreets of Jordan, the 700 Iraqi Christian families in our care have lived through hell. It is thanks to your support that they still have hope. Please read on for the latest update and please make a donation (giving options at the bottom of this […]

Weekly Media Summary 14 July 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about a reported war crime committed by Iraqi government forces […]

The truth about the future of Christianity in Iraq

Iraqi President, Haider al-Abadi, announced this week “total victory” over Islamic State in Mosul. He further declared that the mission ahead was “to create stability”. Despite similar calls by Western politicians for the establishment of a pluralist society in which Iraq’s different religious groups can happily co-exist, it remains to be seen whether this can […]

Weekly Media Summary 7 July 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about President Barzani’s bid for an independent Kurdish state and […]

MEPs back Iraqi Christians’ right to return home

At FRRME, we remember 29th June 2014 very clearly. This was the day the IS Caliphate was declared in the Great Mosque in Mosul. Three years of suffering have followed – the persecution of religious minorities, including the indigenous Christian population of Iraq, the destruction of civil society, and the condemnation of IS genocide by the […]

The Right to Return: “A Future for Christians in Iraq” Conference Brief

‘A FUTURE FOR CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ’ CONFERENCE, 28-30 June, 2017 European Parliament, Brussels – a brief update on this significant and necessary meeting of Iraq’s Christian church leaders, politicians and NGOs: As our FRRME supporters know, the Iraqi Christian population has decreased from 1.5 million in 2003 to around 300,000 today. Furthermore, 3 years of […]

July 2017 Prayer Diary

Please click the button below to read our monthly prayer diary: July 2017 Prayer Diary Please note that the Prayer Diary is also accessible through the new Prayermate App which can be accessed by following the instructions below: Instructions for Prayermate App

Weekly Media Summary 30 June 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the toppling of ISIS in Mosul and the creation […]

We bring football to an Iraqi IDP camp

Saddam Hussein’s eldest son, Uday, used to be the chairman of the Iraqi Football Association. In 1994, he reportedly made the Iraqi national football team kick a concrete ball for failing to qualify for the World Cup. Football (soccer to our American supporters) is the most popular sport in Iraq but for decades it was […]

Weekly Media Summary 23 June 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the impending defeat of ISIS in Mosul and the […]

Iraqi Christians face new death sentence

Iraqi Christians living in the US are being rounded up by immigration officials and deported to Iraq in what human rights lawyers are calling a “death sentence.” More than 200 Iraqis, many of whom are members of the Chaldean Catholic Church, are facing deportation for committing petty crimes and misdemeanors. However, many facing deportation, described […]

Weekly Media Summary 16 June 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan.   This week’s media summary includes a report of an 84 year old woman rescued from the […]

Shelter and English Classes in Jordan

As Jordan continues to host the 2nd largest number of refugees relative to the size of its population – 9% of its inhabitants are now refugees (UNHCR*) – FRRME is providing hope to Iraqi Christians through relief and education classes with your help.  In the past month 1,000 food packages were distributed to Iraqi Christian […]

Weekly Media Summary 9 June 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan.   This week’s media summary includes news about civilians fleeing Mosul and Jordan hosting regional forum on […]

Fleeing to safe havens

As news reached our office of the continued barbarity inflicted upon Iraqi civilians trying to flee the city of MOSUL, your much needed relief support keeps the food queues flowing and hope defiantly alive. In Northern Iraq, this week FRRME have continued to provide food, water, shelter, medical support and education at Harsham and Debaga camps, […]

Weekly Media Summary 2 June 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the bombing of an ice-cream parlour in Baghdad, Muslim […]

June 2017 Prayer Diary

Please click the button below to read our monthly prayer diary: June 2017 Prayer Diary Please note that the Prayer Diary is also accessible through the new Prayermate App which can be accessed by following the instructions below: Instructions for Prayermate App

Weekly Media Summary 26 May 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the Pope and Trump discussing protection of Christians in […]

Iraqi Christian refugees you are helping: Ammar

Ammar’s story This is Ammar, his wife Athraa and their two children, Ethan and Athena. They are an Iraqi Christian family living in Jordan who you are helping. Below is an interview we did with the family about why they left Iraq, what it’s like being a refugee in Jordan, and their hopes for the […]

Weekly Media Summary 19 May 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the construction of Kurdistan’s largest church and a new […]

First impressions by Helena Scott,  FRRME’s new Project Officer in Amman

After just two weeks in Amman, I’m already starting to feel at home here. This experience stands in stark contrast to the last city I lived in, Washington, D.C., which I came to love but where it took time to feel fully settled in. That memory fades into the distance now as I’m greeted with […]

Weekly Media Summary 12 May 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about life under Isis in Mosul and development projects for […]

Bombs in Baghdad but we are still there

St George’s Clinic As Mosul is slowly retaken by Iraqi government forces, ISIS cells are ramping up attacks in Baghdad. In the month of April, sectarian violence claimed the lives of 317 people and caused injuries to 403 others in the city. This week, an employee of the Education Ministry was killed when an improvised […]

Weekly Media Summary 5 May 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the ‘final push’ by Iraqi government forces to take […]

How Christians in the West are saving Christians in Iraq

Last week a group of NGOs, including a representative from our Foundation, met with MEPs at the European Parliament in Brussels. The focus of the meeting was the persecuted church in the Middle East. The desecrated and abandoned Church of the Immaculate Conception in the northern Iraqi town of Qaraqosh (photograph courtesy of FRRME trustee, […]

May 2017 Prayer Diary

Please click the button below to read our monthly prayer diary: May 2017 Prayer Diary Please note that the Prayer Diary is also accessible through the new Prayermate App which can be accessed by following the instructions below: Instructions for Prayermate App

Weekly Media Summary 28 April 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the interception of the world’s largest ransom in Iraq […]

An update on our work in Iraq and Jordan

Iraqi government forces, assisted by Iran-backed Shia militias and Kurdish Peshmerga, are slowly wresting Mosul from Islamic State control. However, the seeds of a new conflict have been sown this week with Turkish jets bombing Kurdish fighters in Sinjar near the Iraqi-Syrian border. Amid this emerging conflict, we are continuing our work on the front […]

Weekly Media Summary 21 April 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the ongoing battle for Mosul between ISIS and Iraqi […]

Easter at St George’s Church in Baghdad

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 […]

Weekly Media Summary 14 April 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about ISIS’ loss of territory in Iraq, comments from Muqtada […]

Support the persecuted church this Easter

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 […]

Weekly Media Summary 7 April 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the plight of Christians in Mosul and Iraqi Kurdistan, […]

More than 300,000 people displaced from Mosul

The UN said this week that more than 300,000 people have fled the besieged city of Mosul. Islamic State militants are reportedly holding the northwestern part of the city, using civilians as human shields. Those who manage to escape show signs of their capture – this week, our team on the ground saw young men […]

April 2017 Prayer Diary

Please click the button below to read our monthly prayer diary: April 2017 Prayer Diary   Please note that the Prayer Diary is also accessible through the new Prayermate App which can be accessed by following the instructions below:   Instructions for Prayermate App  

Weekly Media Summary 31 March 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s media summary includes news about the battle for Mosul, with reports that Isis is shooting […]

Exodus or Execution: The Hell of Mosul

“ISIS Burns 3 Women Alive for Refusing to Slaughter Innocent Civilians” read  a news story in the Christian Post last Saturday. The message was clear: civilians trapped in the western half of Mosul are being used as pawns in an obscene fight to the death, killed in horrendous ways, or forced to kill others. While […]

Weekly Media Summary 24 March 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s Media Summary features news about the worsening humanitarian situation in Mosul and a UN […]

Humanitarian appeal for Iraqi IDPs and Refugees

Thousands of innocent civilians, many of them children, are fleeing the war-torn streets of Mosul. According to the latest UN figures, over 195,000 people are currently being sheltered in 21 camps on the outskirts of the city. Our team on the ground has visited two of these camps – Khazir and Chamakor – delivering food […]

Giving clothes to Iraqi Christians in Ankawa

Thousands of people continue to flee the war-torn streets of western Mosul. This week, there has been heavy fighting around the Grand Mosque where Islamic State’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaimed himself Caliph in July 2014. According to the latest UN figures, over 195,000 people from Mosul are currently being sheltered in 21 camps on the […]

Weekly Media Summary 10 March 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s Media Summary features news about the battle for Mosul, including reports that Abu Bakr […]

Caught in the crossfire – an update  on the situation in Mosul

In recent weeks, the political and humanitarian situation in Northern Iraq has worsened. In January, Iraqi government forces recaptured the eastern half of the city but the western half remains under the control of Islamic State. Civilians are being caught in the crossfire. Since last month, 45,000 people are reported to have fled the city, […]

Weekly Media Summary 3 March 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s Media Summary features news about the worsening humanitarian situation in Mosul, as well as Jordan’s […]

Working with Churches in Northern Iraq

The key to our success in the Middle East is building relationships with partners on the ground. This has enabled us to deliver emergency relief to tens of thousands of internally displaced Christians in Iraq as well as Iraqi Christian refugees in neighbouring Jordan. In Northern Iraq, our main partners are Archbishop Daoud of the Syrian […]

March 2017 Prayer Diary

Please click the button below to read our monthly prayer diary March 2017 Prayer Diary Please note that the Prayer Diary is also accessible through the new Prayermate App which can be accessed by following the instructions below: Instructions for Prayermate App

Weekly Media Summary 24 February 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s Media Summary features news about the retaking of Mosul airport from Islamic State by […]

Helping Iraqi Christian refugees in Amman

As a registered charity, we take our governance very seriously and insist on strong oversight to ensure we are fulfilling our mission. One way this happens is when our trustees visit our projects on the ground to see for themselves how your donations are continuing to make a positive impact. Below is a report from Christopher Segar, […]

Weekly Media Summary 17 February 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s Media Summary features news about the recent car bombing in Baghdad and the influence […]

Caring for displaced children in Northern Iraq

Last week we shared an update from one of our Trustees, Christopher Segar, who recently went to Northern Iraq to see for himself the positive impact our work is having. This week’s update is about the children’s projects we are supporting, which include  a kindergarten in Erbil, a girls school in Harsham Camp, and an […]

Weekly Media Summary 10 February 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s Media Summary features news about the worsening sectarianism in Northern Iraq and the Jordanian […]

An update on our work in Northern Iraq 

In January, one of our Trustees, Christopher Segar, went to Erbil in Northern Iraq to see the positive impact our projects are having. From 2003 – 2004 Christopher was Head of Mission in Iraq, tasked by the British Government with setting up a diplomatic presence in the country. Over the next three weeks, we will […]

Weekly Media Summary 3 February 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s Media Summary features news about the plight of Christians in Mosul and King Abdullah […]

We went to Iraq’s largest church and found it desecrated by Islamic State

Last week our team on the ground in Iraq visited the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Qaraqosh, 20 miles south east of Mosul. As you can see, it has been desecrated. Islamic State captured Qaraqosh in the summer of 2014 and reportedly used the church, which is the biggest in Iraq, as a shooting […]

February 2017 Prayer Diary

Please click the button below to read our monthly prayer diary February 2017 Prayer Diary   Please note that the Prayer Diary is also accessible through the new Prayermate App which can be accessed by following the instructions below: Instructions for Prayermate App

Weekly Media Summary 27 January 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s Media Summary features news about the battle for Mosul and King Abdullah of Jordan’s visit […]

Update from our girls school in Harsham camp

According to the UN, 70% of internally displaced children in Iraq have now missed at least one year of school. The longer these children are out of the education system, the harder it is to get back in. However, thanks to Dr Sarah Ahmed, our Director of Operations in the Middle East, 30 girls are now […]

Weekly Media Summary 20 January 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s Media Summary features news about the plight of Christians in Northern Iraq and the celebration […]

Harrowing testimony from Iraq

According to a UN statement issued this week, the battle for Mosul has made 148,000 people homeless, with 12,500 people forced to flee their homes in the past week alone. The statement also says that the fighting continues to inflict high civilian casualties, with more than 1,500 wounded taken to hospitals in Erbil. While the […]

Weekly Media Summary 13 January 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan. This week’s Media Summary features news about the ongoing battle for Mosul; a new aid package […]

Delivering food and education on the front line in Northern Iraq

The battle for Mosul continues. Reuters reports this week that Islamic State is shelling parts of the city it has lost to Iraqi Government forces in a deliberate attempt to kill civilians. Those who make it out of the city alive either walk east to Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, or west to Rojava, […]

Our mission this year is to help the persecuted. Please join us…

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 […]

January 2017 Prayer Diary

Please click the button below to read our monthly prayer diary January 2017 Prayer Diary Please note that the Prayer Diary is also accessible through the new Prayermate App which can be accessed by following the instructions below: Instructions for Prayermate App