Abouna Emanuel Youkhana greets an army officer outside a damaged Syriac Orthodox church in Mosul. (photo: Paul Jeffrey)
From the first days of ISIS’ invasion of northern Iraq in 2014, CNEWA has reached out to provide support to Christians and other minorities who have been, at times literally, running for their lives.
Some 120,000 Christians fled the historic home of Iraqi Christianity, the Nineveh Plain, with many settling in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Since then, over nearly two and a half years, CNEWA has worked with the churches of Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon — including those displaced by ISIS — to address the needs of these people.
Through the generosity of our donors and benefactors, CNEWA has been able to provide 1,500 newly displaced and poor families with much-needed milk, diapers, winter clothing and heating fuel. We have been able to fund improvements to three Catholic schools in Iraqi Kurdistan, benefiting more than 1,700 children. More than 81,000 people have received lifesaving medical care from three health clinics and a mobile clinic established, equipped and sustained by CNEWA donors.
Donors have also helped the Don Orion Fathers and the Young Women’s Christian Association to develop self-help projects for Iraqi refugees who have settled in Jordan, with scores of families learning how to grow and market vegetables and earn a livelihood.
With our partners in the region, such as Abuna Emanuel and CAPNI, we have been able to accompany these men, women and children as they try to rebuild their lives and, in the process, sustain hope. More than 3,000 children and teenagers in Iraq have been able to attend spiritual retreats sponsored by our supporters, and hundreds more have benefited from trauma counseling.
But our work is only beginning.
To help our displaced brothers and sisters in Iraq, call: 1-800-442-6392 (United States) or 1-866-322-4441 (Canada).