Who are my people

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Dear Friends,

Greetings from Jerusalem. I am here for one day before I return to the UK to speak this weekend. Please see the details of where I will be listed opposite. We have had such an important visit here at a very important time. It is vital not to compare tragedies in a competition for who has the worst deal. The reality is that things are awful for all of the people of Israel, Palestine, Iraq and the Gaza at the moment. I love these people. I often refer to “My People”, so I want to explain what I mean …read more

Media Summary 17 July 2014

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Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in Iraq. We hope this will help you in understanding the situation in which FRRME operates and in directing your prayers for Iraq.

This week’s issue features news on political developments in Iraq, analysis of the Islamic State’s campaign, and news on the impact of the conflict on Iraq’s minorities.

IRIN: Iraq’s minorities under fire

Al-Monitor: Iraqi minorities victim of sectarian conflict

Al Jazeera: Iraq MPs break deadlock and elect speaker

Al Jazeera: Baghdadi’s social media war: hype or threat?

BBC: ‘Jihadistan': …read more

Relief work in Northern Iraq

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Dear Friends,

The attached pictures the reality of those who have fled the Nineveh/Mosul tragedy. Some of the small percentage of those who have fled have tents in the new refugee camps. Most just live in the open air mess. They have no water, no food no toilets and live in the open air stench. As we took them food and water there was almost a riot as people fought to get what little we had. However much we take is like nothing compared to the extent of the needs. We cannot even really call the places …read more

Blessings from Baghdad

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Dear Friends,

Blessings from Baghdad

It is not possible to get across to you the reality of the problems in Iraq today. 2,500 people have been killed this month; 1 million people have fled their homes. The whole infrastructure of the nation has disappeared and the needs are greater than ever. Basic communication has been stopped, there is no longer any Skype, Facebook or anything beyond basic email and phone. Facebook was the main way I communicated with people, I cannot any more.

We continue to try and meet the needs of the people which are so great. Please keep praying …read more

Media Summary 3 July 2014

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Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in Iraq. We hope this will help you in understanding the situation in which FRRME operates and in directing your prayers for Iraq.

This week’s issue features political developments in Iraq regarding the status of Iraqi Kurdistan and the Iraqi PM’s response to the insurgency, as well as news on the situation in Mosul and the impact of the crisis on Iraq’s Christian community.

BBC: Iraqi PM Maliki offers partial amnesty to Sunni insurgents

Al Jazeera: Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: going it alone

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The Crisis Continues

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Dear Friends,

I am well and back in Iraq, it is so good to be here but so distressing. I am up in Erbil in Kurdistan. Even though this is a place free of violence it is not free of problems. This is the place that many who were forced out of Mosul, Nineveh and Kir Kush have fled to.

Even though we are in Erbil which is a lot cooler then Baghdad it is still very hot at 45C 115F so it is hot and there is no longer even electricity to work the air conditioning, this problem is caused by …read more

Vicar of Baghdad Documentary

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This is a wonderful new film just made by Christian Alec and his colleague Dylan. There are three parts to the film, which will be posted here over the next week.

In their blurb to the documentary, film-makers Christian and Dylan state:

For more than a decade, Vicar Andrew White has been risking his life to preach for peace on the streets of Baghdad, driving through bombed-out war zones to spread his message. In his quest, White has become the primary liaison between the Sunni and Shia Muslims.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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Sponsored Cycle for Iraq

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Our Office Manager, Fiona Bunn, is taking part in a sponsored charity cycle to raise money for our Iraq appeal following the recent crisis. Fiona will be cycling the Petersfield Ups And Downs on 13th July 2014 a charity cycle ride up, over and through the South Downs National Park around Petersfield.

Here is what she has to say:

“Hello,

I’m taking part in the PUAD: Petersfield Ups and Downs 2014 on 13/07/2014 to raise money for The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East and I’d really appreciate your support.

Donating to my JustGiving page is easy …read more

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