A number of ministries have been providing aid and support to displaced Iraqis who have been driven from their homes by the radical jihadist army ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).
According to World Vision’s emergency response team on the ground, thousands of families in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq are in desperate need of food, water, and medicine. The team says displaced families are seeking shelter in abandoned buildings, schools, and churches. Others have set up tents and are sleeping in the open.
“We are gravely concerned about increasing violence in the Middle East and its effects on children,” said Wynn Flaten, World Vision’s response director in Iraq. “It’s especially concerning that this most recent wave has targeted Christians and other minorities. We know that when religious freedom is crushed, so are many of the rights that allow children and communities to flourish.”
Christians, Yazidis, and other religious and ethnic minorities are among the 1.2 million Iraqis displaced by conflict and targeted persecution since January, according to U.N. estimates. World Vision reports that many displaced Iraqis arrived after grueling journeys on foot in extreme heat. Some have had to move several times to avoid being caught up in the violence that has forced them to flee their homes.
The U.N. has declared the crisis in Iraq to be at the highest level of humanitarian emergency, on a par with Syria, South Sudan, and Central African Republic.
“Men, women and children alike are being slaughtered and driven from their homes,” noted Haven Ministries, which has partnered with Samaritan’s Purse to bring relief to the Iraqi and Syrian refugees looking for food, shelter, and safety in the Kurdish region of Iraq.
“Many who are not killed by militants are facing death in the wilderness due to exposure and starvation,” the ministry added.
Also assisting the efforts in Iraq is Christian Aid Mission, which is working with four ministries that are providing direct contact and aid to displaced Iraqis, as well as 16 ministries in the neighboring countries of Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, and Greece.
Christian Aid Mission has also partnered with Salem Communications station WAVA in Washington, DC, to provide listeners with the opportunity to give directly to relief efforts.
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“What is unfolding is the worst genocide since Rwanda 20 years ago,” commented Dr. David Curry, President/CEO of Open Doors USA, another group that has been providing needed aid. “We cannot allow this to happen on our watch. Please pray, spread the word in your church or small group, advocate and give so [we] can provide more humanitarian aid in the weeks and months ahead.”
By NRB Staff
Photo Above: Courtesy of Christian Aid Mission.
Published: September 4, 2014