» 08/08/2014, 00.00
ITALY - IRAQ
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul" to respond directly to Iraq's emergency
AsiaNews is launching a fundraiser to support Christians targeted by the Islamic State, thus responding to a request by the Patriarch of Baghdad and Pope Francis's urgent appeal "to guarantee all necessary assistance - especially the most urgently needed aid - to the great multitude of people who have been driven from their homes, whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others." More than 100,000 people have been forced to flee their homes leaving everything behind and now have nothing to live on. To help them, five euros a day are enough. The funds raised will be sent to the Patriarchate of Baghdad, which will distribute them according to the needs of each family.
- A "humanitarian
catastrophe, which threatens to become a real genocide", Mar
Louis Sako, Patriarch of Baghdad, told AsiaNews as he describe the flight of Christians from Mosul and Qaraqosh, in the Nineveh Plain. The Army of the Islamic
caliphate has forced more than 100,000 people to leave
their homes and belongings, fleeing to Kurdistan their
exodus, a real via
crucis, Christians are walking on foot
in Iraq's searing summer heat [. . .] the sick, the elderly, infants and
pregnant women among them. [. . .] They
need food, water and shelter . . ."
Thousands of Christian families have had to flee because of threats to their life unless they converted to Islam,
or paid the jizya,
the poll tax imposed on those who are "protected"
under a strict interpretation of
Sharia. As they fled, they had to leave
everything to their tormentors.
Faced with such a tragedy, Pope Francis has continued to send messages of solidarity and issued appeals to
the international community to stop the violence and abuses against Iraq's
Yesterday, the pope urgently called "on the international
community to protect all those affected or threatened by the violence, and to
guarantee all necessary assistance - especially the most urgently needed aid -
to the great multitude of people who have been driven from their homes, whose
fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others."
AsiaNews has decided to respond to this appeal by
raising funds for our brothers and sisters who have been robbed of their right to life
and liberty. To feed a Christian
from Mosul takes about 160 € (US$ 215) a
month; 40 € (US$
54) a week; and 5 € (US$ 7) a day.
We invite all our readers and friends to play their
part, going beyond indignation and condemnation, expressing our solidarity through
our support to Iraqi Christians. The funds raised
will be sent to the Patriarchate of
Baghdad, who will distribute them
according to the needs of each family.
For the Patriarch
of Baghdad, it is more important in
this emergency to help Christians
stay in Iraq than
leave the country. Iraq and the
Middle East need the witness of
Donations can be made several ways. All should
indicate reason for payment to "AsiaNews - Adopt a
Christian from Mosul":
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credit card on website (see feature: "Donation - Donate")
- Via Italian
postal account no. 45443009
Payable to the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions,
indicating reason for payment to "AsiaNews - Adopt a Christian
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