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This Arabic letter 'N' denotes Nazarene(Christian).

Aid to the Church in Need Enewsletter August 2014

SOS message from Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis :
This morning ACN received an urgent message from Patriarch Louis Sako in Baghdad. Overnight the largest Christian town and surrounding villages on the Niniveh Plains fell to ISIS (now Islamic State) and, as we speak, up to one hundred thousand Christians are evacuating on foot, leaving everything behind them. The Patriarch calls it ‘an exodus, a real via crucis’ ".

He says, “The ISIS militants attacked with mortars most of the villages of the plain of Niniveh, during the night of 6th-7th August and now they are controlling the area. The Christians, about one hundred thousand, horrified and panicked, fled their villages and houses [with] nothing but... the clothes on their backs. An exodus, a real via crucis, Christians are walking on foot in Iraq’s searing summer heat towards the Kurdish cities of Erbil, Duhok and Soulaymiyia, the sick, the elderly, infants and pregnant women among them. They are facing a human catastrophe and risk a real genocide. They need water, food, shelter…”

“Regarding the churches and church properties in the villages now being occupied by the ISIS militants, we have reports of destruction and desecration. The old manuscripts and documents are being burnt.”

In desperation he concludes, “We appeal with sadness and pain to the conscience of all and all people of good will and the United Nations and the European Union, to save these innocent persons from death. We hope it is not too late!"

At this moment in history when Christianity in Iraq stood on the brink of extinction, ACN needed your help. Your prayers and your efforts WILL make a difference.

That weekend, Aid to the Church in Need, working with the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, was calling for personal and parish prayer for the Church in Iraq. Please download our Prayer for Peace in Iraq, Solidarity Poster and our Bidding Prayer and other resources from our website and Like and Share them via Facebook.

If we work together and share information with our networks we can create a groundswell of prayerful solidarity for the Christians of Iraq and all those caught up in this disaster. Please help.

We owe a deep debt of gratitude to all of our ACN benefactors who so generously and loyally offer support when they can. If, at this moment, you feel you are in a position to reach out to the stricken community in Iraq, a gift - no matter how small - will be an act of love and compassion and helps us to provide emergency aid.

Let us stand by our brothers and sisters by saying
‘I am Iraqi, I am Christian.’

Thank you and God Bless.


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The above describes the situation two years ago. The above email was sent to us in England for immediate help, but of course these troubles, far from going away, have become in many ways far worse. Not only have they been spreading throughout the Middle East and into Europe and Africa but bombing campaigns by western forces have so far not only failed to stop them but may make matters worse. This is not 'old news' !

It's important therefore, since we are unable to do everything, that we should at least do something!

Sympathy is important (though frequently lacking), but prayer and financial support are both vital!