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    » 10/14/2014, 00.00

    IRAQ - ITALY

    Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues

    Bernardo Cervellera

    A second instalment is sent with funds raised in September. The fate of East-West relations is being played out in the Middle East and Iraq. Pope Francis and the Synod issue an appeal. Governments are lukewarm. Aid is coming from around the world. A new international community is defeating the "globalisation of indifference."

    Rome (AsiaNews) - Thanks to the generosity of many readers and friends of AsiaNews, the campaign "Adopt a Christian from Mosul" has raised nearly 700,000 euros (almost US$ 900,000) to fund the basic needs of Christian and Yazidi refugees in Kurdistan, who fled the violence and cruelty of the Islamic caliphate.

    On 10 October, we sent the bishops - who like their faithful are also refugees - a second instalment of 393,297.76 euros raised in September. With 279,219.96 euros raised in August, the total amount sent comes to 672,517.72 euros.

    This is surprising given the modest size of our agency, but it is a sign of active compassion towards the Iraqi people on the part of tens of thousands of people who understand that the fate of East-West relations is being played out in the Middle East.

    Pope Francis has never failed to appeal to the world's sense of charity for the persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

    The Synod, which is currently meeting in the Vatican, called on "people of good will to continue to provide the necessary assistance and help to the innocent victims of this barbarism that is taking place, and at the same time, we ask the international community to take action to re-establish peaceful coexistence in Iraq".

    Sadly, the governments of the international community seem to have placed refugees and their return home at the bottom of their list of priorities, preferring a policy of "containment" of the Islamic Army, instead of trying to liberate Mosul.

    "It is clear that the Islamic state is stronger than coalition airstrikes," said Chaldean archbishop Mgr Amel Nona, who also fled after unsuccessfully trying to communicate with the caliphate militias.

    Thus, it is that more urgent to send tokens of consolation and assistance to the refugees, who are still prostrated from living "in tents, schools, classrooms and churches."

    As winter approaches with the possibility of snow, the emergency is likely to get worse with great need for food, warm clothes, and shelter.

    "We are looking to rent houses," Mgr Nona said, "but it is impossible to find accommodation for everyone. Finding housing is not easy, so we look for other solutions."

    In addition to serious economic difficulties, children are unable to go to school. Priests, the bishop said, "are promoting activities for children and young people, making them play to forget, even for a few moments, the tragedy of war."

    If the governments of the international community remain lukewarm, this is not the case for those who are participating in the campaign.

    Together, they constitute almost  a "new" international community, committed to wiping out the "globalisation of indifference," with gifts come from China, Taiwan, Switzerland (in particular the Diocese of Lugano), the Czech Republic, Poland, France, Brazil, etc.

    Some friends have asked us if the "adoption" will become permanent. Some people have in fact made a second and a third monthly donation.

    It is our belief that the campaign should last as long as the emergency lasts. Consequently, we ask you to be generous, but "without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Cor, 9:7).

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    08/08/2014 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.

    02/03/2016 17:20:00 IRAQ – ITALY
    An evening of poetry and solidarity, a letter from Mosul refugees (video)

    Five poets read their poems, collected in a book titled ‘Before the eyes there is a bridge’. Proceeds go to the ‘Adopt a Christian from Mosul’ campaign. Fr Samir Youssef, who helps 3,500 refugee families, talks about the loneliness and hopes of Christians and Yazidis who fled the persecution of the Islamic State group.



    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.

    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.

    08/05/2015 IRAQ
    ‘Adopt a Christian from Mosul’ campaign continues (see video)
    About € 1.2 million have been raised so far. It is urgent to find housing and containers for 130,000 Christian refugees who fled from Mosul under the threat of the Islamic State group. Responding to Pope’s Francis’ call to action, we cannot “stand silently by” whilst our brothers and sisters are persecuted.



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