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Iraqir refugees who hqve sought shelter at St Joseph's Church, Ankawa, Erbil.

Iraqir refugees who hqve sought shelter at St Joseph's Church, Ankawa, Erbil.

August 2014

IRAQ: ACN team reports scenes of suffering
15 August 2014
ACN delegation visits displaced communities, offering help and hope, and reveals the situation of those who have fled their homes in the Kurdish region's outlying villages.

IRAQ: Patriarch says, "Act now before it's too late"
13 August 2014
Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako of Baghdad said that if US and EU do not drive jihadist forces from the Nineveh plains they must "take responsibility [for] a slow genocide of an entire component of Iraqi society and its age-old culture."

IRAQ: Charity gives emergency help as crisis deepens
11 August 2014
As the leader of Iraq's Catholics warned that Churches are struggling to cope with rising numbers of refugees ACN has provided emergency help for displaced families.

IRAQ: Christians facing "a real genocide"
7 August 2014
After thousands of Christians fled Qaraqosh as it fell to ISIS, the Patriarch of Babylon made an urgent appeal for help to the international community.

ISRAEL & PALESTINE: An urgent plea from Gaza, "We need aid more than ever"
6 August 2014
Aid to the Church indeed announced an aid package assisting Church institutions helping those injured during the recent conflict in Gaza, regardless of their religion.

IRAQ: World-wide prayer for the peace
5 August 2014
Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako has joined with Aid to the Church in Need in calling for a day of prayer for Iraq on the feast of the Transfiguration.

IRAQ: New gains for ISIS
4 August 2014
ISIS fighters took control of an area to the north west of Mosul, near the border with Syria following prolonged fighting with Kurdish forces.

July 2014

UNITED KINGDOM: Cameron must act to save Iraqi Christians
28 July 2014
Charity leader criticises UK government as crisis for Christians deepens


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Border report from Lebanon

Lebanon

The Damascus to Beirut road is remarkably busy - despite three bombings in five days in or near Beirut.  The Lebanese security forces have caught bombers and potential bombers, foiling major attacks. The check points have been increased and strengthened. Yet, this is almost nothing compared to the stories of those coming out of Syria. Read more

Lebanese Christians caring for traumatised and despairing refugees

Lebanon

I stood in the crowded corridor of the St Antoine, Dispensary, Roueisset, near Beirut. Small children cuddled up sitting on their mother's knees, waiting for vital inoculations. The families waiting at this busy centre are mostly Syrian but I spoke to a young Iraqi mother, with her three children. Sr Hanan, who runs the Dispensary, told me that  more Iraqis have   arrived in the last few weeks - after the frightening outbreak of conflict in Iraq. Read more