Weekly Media Summary 31 March 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan.

This week’s media summary includes news about the battle for Mosul, with reports that Isis is shooting anyone who tries to flee the city; and news about a two-day meeting of the Arab League in Jordan which concluded with calls for the creation of a Palestinian state, as well as a signed letter condemning Iran for “meddling” in the region.

Iraq

The Guardian: Mosul families trapped on the frontline of the war against Isis: ‘What can we do?’

The Independent: People in besieged Mosul Old City ‘dying of starvation’ as Isis shoots anyone who tries to flee

Jordan

Gulf News: Arab summit convenes in Amman amid pessimism about drastic decisions

Rudaw: Rudaw sees draft resolution from Arab leaders in Amman against Iran

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Exodus or Execution: The Hell of Mosul

“ISIS Burns 3 Women Alive for Refusing to Slaughter Innocent Civilians” read a news story in the Christian Post last Saturday. The message was clear: civilians trapped in the western half of Mosul are being used as pawns in an obscene fight to the death, killed in horrendous ways, or forced to kill others.

While this is happening, we are continuing to feed thousands of people who have fled the city and surrounding area, many of them children. Below are some photos of the children you have helped to feed (taken this week). On their behalf, thank you.

Is the West doing enough to help persecuted Christians in Iraq?

We participate in a caucus of Christian charities and NGOs which regularly meets to discuss the plight of the persecuted church in Iraq. This week, we met with Stephen Rasche, aid coordinator in the …read more

Weekly Media Summary 24 March 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan.

This week’s Media Summary features news about the worsening humanitarian situation in Mosul and a UN report about the lack of human development, i.e. education, in Jordan and other Arab countries.

Iraq

The Christian Science Monitor: After ISIS: For Iraqis, reconciliation in Mosul will be challenging, and vital

The Independent: ‘Worst yet to come’ in final push to free Mosul from Isis, says UN

Jordan

The Jordan Times: Youth and women ‘left behind’ in Arab region development progress – UNDP

The Jordan Times: Arab summit’s preparatory meeting focuses on inter-Arab trade

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Humanitarian appeal for Iraqi IDPs and Refugees

Thousands of innocent civilians, many of them children, are fleeing the war-torn streets of Mosul. According to the latest UN figures, over 195,000 people are currently being sheltered in 21 camps on the outskirts of the city. Our team on the ground has visited two of these camps – Khazir and Chamakor – delivering food and water to thousands of starving and displaced people.

While many hope for an end to the war in Northern Iraq, extreme sectarian violence has become the norm, with rival groups fighting for power and land. Consequently, the humanitarian crisis in the region has grown exponentially with over 3 million people displaced from their homes, with 1 million people needing daily humanitarian assistance.

As a Christian charity, our calling is to help the dispossessed regardless of creed. Through our unique partnership with the Syrian Orthodox and Armenian churches in Northern Iraq, as well as our partnership with the Bishara organisation, we continue to feed 5,000 families every month (this includes Christians, Muslims and Yazidis).

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Weekly Media Summary 17 March 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan.

This week’s Media Summary features news about the siege of western Mosul by Iraqi government forces and the launch of a new book in Amman documenting the plight of Christians in the Middle East.

Iraq

Reuters: Iraqi forces besiege Islamic State around Mosul Old City

The Christian Post: Knights of Columbus Donates $2 million to Aid Christian Refugees Victimized by ISIS

Jordan

The Jordan Times: Book on conditions of Christians in region launched

The National: After dangerous escapes from conflict, Jordan’s urban refugees find ray of hope

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Thousands of people continue to flee the war-torn streets of western Mosul. This week, there has been heavy fighting around the Grand Mosque where Islamic State’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaimed himself Caliph in July 2014. According to the latest UN figures, over 195,000 people from Mosul are currently being sheltered in 21 camps on the outskirts of the city.

Two children recently arrived at Chamakor camp in eastern Mosul

The situation in Iraqi Kurdistan to the east of Mosul is comparatively stable but there are still a huge number of IDPs living there. Our team on the ground this week visited a camp in Ankawa, a suburb north of Erbil. The camp shelters approximately 5,500 people, mostly Christian, which includes more than 2,000 children. With your support, we provided 600 school children (age 10 – 16) with new clothes.

Weekly Media Summary 10 March 2017

Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq and Jordan.

This week’s Media Summary features news about the battle for Mosul, including reports that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has fled the city, and the UN’s designation of Jordan as the second largest refugee host worldwide.

Iraq

Telegraph: Isil leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has abandoned Mosul fight, US and Iraqi sources say

CNN: New footage shows fierce firefight in Mosul

Jordan

The Jordan Times: Jordan second largest refugee host worldwide – UNHCR

The Jordan Times: 15 convicted criminals, terrorists executed on Saturday

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Caught in the crossfire – an update  on the situation in Mosul

In recent weeks, the political and humanitarian situation in Northern Iraq has worsened. In January, Iraqi government forces recaptured the eastern half of the city but the western half remains under the control of Islamic State. Civilians are being caught in the crossfire.

Since last month, 45,000 people are reported to have fled the city, many without shoes on their feet. They are now homeless, without food or water. Wet and cold weather has added to their misery. There have also been reports of chemical weapons, with the International Committee of the Red Cross treating 12 people, including women and children, for suspected exposure to blistering agents.

The fighting has moved to the congested streets of the old city, making it very difficult to defeat what remains of Islamic State in Iraq. Despite recent reports that the group’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has fled, field commanders and die hard followers continue to put up fierce resistance.

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