Saturday, 9 August 2014

Donate to Help Persecuted Christians in Iraq

From Christian Weekly: 'Islamic State' drives out Christians and others from northern Iraq.

Please pray for an end to the crisis in Iraq where hundreds of thousands of Christians and other minorities are caught up in what an aid agency has described as an "unprecedented humanitarian crisis", as Islamic militants kill and drive them out of towns and cities.
At least 200,000 Iraqi Christians are thought to be fleeing from the advance of Islamic State (IS) militants, towards the Iraqi Kurdistan region.
An estimated 50,000 Yazidis are believed to be trapped in the mountains after fleeing the town of Sinjar and are now facing extreme temperatures with no water or food supplies.

The UN Security Council has held an emergency meeting after the largest Christian town, Qaraqosh, was seized by IS (formerly known as ISIS) militants. The UN's Humanitarian Affairs spokesman, John Ging, says "atrocities" are being committed by the militants and people are fleeing "in mortal fear".

It is reported that Christians are taking refuge in open fields as they abandon urban areas and are without water, food and shelter. Many thousands of Iraqi Christians and Yazidis have fled their homes following a threat by the militants to renounce their faiths or face death.

The International Christian organisation Fraternite en Irak has reported at least a quarter of Iraq's Christian population has left Qaraqosh and other surrounding towns in the north. This follows the withdrawal of Kurdish forces (known as the Peshmerg), who have been fighting the Sunni militants in the north for weeks. Qaraqosh, has been home to some 50,000 Christians.

You can donate to help support Christians in Northern Iraq via various Christian agencies including the Barnabas Fund (here) and Open Doors UK (here)

Canon Andrew White, the vicar of the only Anglican church in Iraq, has led appeals for the international community to do more to help Christians and other minorities. Canon White who struggles with the illness, MS, says the church in Iraq seeks to help all who are threatened by the Islamic militants.

Watch Canon White's interview on BBC News here:

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