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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Iraqi Refugee Crisis Update

Readers in the US

The American Institute of Philanthropy lists the top charities helping Iraqi refugees. You can view the list here.

Catholic Relief Services are doing a great deal of work to help refugees in Syria, Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. Read more about it here.

Readers in Australia

Aid to the Church in Need Australia is running an appeal for the support of its work in Iraq. Read more about it here.

Readers in the

In addition to the ACN appeal I mentioned in my previous post; the Barnabus Fund is seeking donations for its work in Northern Iraq helping Christian refugees there re-establish their lives. You can read more about it here.


For citizens of the UK or its dependent territories there is an online petition to the PM Tony Blair to do more to help Iraq’s Christians. You can sign it here. Unfortunately the petition is not open to non UK citizens but that doesn't mean you can't do anything. Please write to your government representatives and raise this issue with them.

Iraqi Priest Discusses Life in Baghdad

View this fascinating video here. Despite everything that has happened to the Christians in Iraq his hope and charity are inspiring. Pray for him and his flock.

Whatever you thought of the Iraq war or of what is happening now is not important - there is a real need to do something to help the Iraqi Christians and if you can do nothing else remember them in your prayers. It may seem like a far off place and a people of whom we know little - but these people share the same Catholic Faith as us. We must do something.

Matthew 25:31-46

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