(SOMERVILLE, Maine)—The Rev. Canon Dr. Andrew White, president of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, will make two public appearances in Washington, D.C., and Maryland on Sept. 14 as part of a visit to the East Coast of the United States.
Canon White will be discussing the current situation in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East, specifically addressing the plight of Christians and other religious minorities during the current crisis.
The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME) is providing humanitarian assistance and relief efforts in Kurdistan, as well as continuing its regular relief efforts in Baghdad. In addition, White has made several trips to Israel in recent weeks, working toward reconciliation efforts and providing humanitarian aid to Gaza.
Canon White will attend a number of private and public events while in the United States. Public appearances include talks at three services at All Saints Church in Chevy Chase, Md., starting at 8 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 14, and a question and answer session at Washington’s Church of the Advent beginning at 5 p.m. that evening.
Canon White, who is chaplain of St. George’s Church in Baghdad, first visited Iraq in 1998 at the invitation of then Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz. White was instrumental in reopening St. George’s Church (Iraq’s only Anglican Church) in 2003. Since then St. George’s has transitioned from a church attended primarily by expatriates and Western military and diplomatic personnel, to a true Iraqi church attended by several hundred Iraqi Christians. Under White’s direction, FRRME and St. George’s run a medical and dental clinic providing free healthcare to persons of all faiths and conduct relief efforts touching the lives of thousands of people in Baghdad. St. George’s also runs a Kindergarten in Baghdad. Since the current crisis began, FRRME has expanded its work in northern Iraq and Kurdistan, providing funds and direct aid in the form of bread and water, hot meals, clothing, bedding, medicine, wheelchairs and toys for children to thousands of displaced persons, including Christians, Muslims, Yazidis and other religious minorities.
The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East is a UK-registered charity. The American Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to promote and foster reconciliation; provide support to Christian churches in the Middle East, particularly St. George’s Baghdad; provide relief efforts; advance the rights of women, children and religious minorities; and to seek an end to sectarian violence in the region.
For more information or to schedule a media interview, contact Mr. Brian Murphy at 301-951-8670 or 240-413-0167 (cell), or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WASHINGTON, DC—FRRME America Board member Nina Shea published a piece in the New Republic Online on Aug. 6 that clearly outlines the danger that ISIS represents to religious minorities in Iraq, as well as some steps that should be taken.