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    » 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.

    Rome (AsiaNews) - 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 lives threatened.

    "An 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 Christian community.

    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 Christians.

    Donations can be made several ways. All should indicate reason for payment to "AsiaNews - Adopt a Christian from Mosul":

     

    - Via credit card with PayPal

    - Via 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 from Mosul"

    - Via bank transfer to AsiaNews - Account no. 6152510434/77

    c/o Banca Intesa - Branch 499

    Address: Via G. Carini 32/D - 00152 Roma RM

    Bank Code: Z 03069 05078 615251043477

    IBAN Code: IT35 Z030 6905 0786 1525 1043 477

    Swift Code: BCI TIT MM

    Indicate reason for payment to "AsiaNews - Adopt a Christian from Mosul"

    - Via bank draft, addressed to

    AsiaNews c/o PIME

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    05/09/2014 ITALY - IRAQ
    After raising € 350,000, 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
    Donations raised up to 31 August have been sent to the patriarch of Baghdad and the bishops of Kurdistan. The campaign helps to feed, house, clothe, and bring comfort to more than 150,000 Christian, Yazidi, Turkmen, Shia and Sunni refugees who fled the violence of the army of the Islamic Caliphate. People in Italy and around the world have been generous, including the poor and the unemployed, a sign of hope for the world as well as those who suffer and those who give.

    28/10/2014 IRAQ - ITALY
    Letter from Archbishop of Mosul: Thank you for your aid, supporting the plight of refugees
    The donations made through the "Adopt a Christian from Mosul" campaign are used to buy food, warm clothes, blankets for refugees and rent houses or caravans given the early onset of winter and. Two women have defended their Christian faith before the Islamist militants who wanted to convert them, despite the threat of death. A refugee among refugees, Msgr. Nona discovers a new way of being a pastor.

    15/09/2014 IRAQ-VATICAN
    "Adopt a Christian from Mosul": Archbishops’ thanks as first aid arrives
    Msgr. Amel Nona, the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, who is also a refugee himself, thanks all the donors to the AsiaNews campaign. The situation is increasingly difficult given the huge number of refugees and the arrival of winter and snow, making outdoor shelters and tents impossible. The crisis, an occasion that activates the faith of Christians.

    04/08/2016 12:14:00 IRAQ
    Louis Sako: Two years on from expulsion of Christians from Mosul and Nineveh

    In a message issued today, the Chaldean Patriarch remembers the tragedy, while rumors of a Daesh defeat and a possible return of families to their homes spread. The call to rebuild the Iraqi nation by rejecting vengeance, the use of religion as a weapon against others; to combat terrorism by stopping the authors, but also those who bank-roll and preach violence. A new social pact for Iraq of coexistence among different races and religions.



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