05 Aug 2014

Islamic Relief - Help for Christians fleeing Mosul, Iraq

As the people of Iraq face a deepening conflict-fuelled humanitarian crisis, Islamic Relief has delivered vital aid to Christian families that have fled their homes in Mosul.

An estimated 500,000 people in the governorate of Ninewa were displaced when fighting broke out in June. Most recently, thousands of Christian families were forced from the country’s second-largest city by armed fighters.

Reportedly leaving with only the clothes they stand in, some are seeking safety in Iraqi-Kurdistan, whilst others have fled to the east of Ninewa – where many are sheltering in churches, schools, and unfinished buildings.

Foodpacks for displaced Christian families

As part of our Ramadan distribution in the conflict-torn country, on Islamic Relief provided 1,500 Christian families with parcels packed with essential food staples.

Families in the Ninewa districts of Al-Hamadanya and Ba’sheqa benefitted from the distribution, which was coordinated with the local church.
Fighting also continues in western Iraq, where protracted conflict in Anbar has seen at least 72,000 families fleeing their homes.

Islamic Relief Iraq has been delivering much-needed emergency relief to families caught up in the crisis. Our emergency response programme has seen water, sanitation and hygiene kits distributed, as well as food, clothing and other essential items.
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