WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH CHRISTIANS IN SYRIA AND IRAQ?

WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH CHRISTIANS IN SYRIA AND IRAQ?

“Today we are dismayed to see how, in the Middle East… many of our brothers and sisters are persecuted, tortured and killed for their faith in Jesus”

Pope Francis

As every new day begins, survival has become the overriding concern for an ever growing number of Syrians. As we are well into the sixth year of civil war, the charities trying to help the innocent victims are being seriously challenged.

WITHOUT EXTERNAL HELP, MANY FAMILIES IN SYRIA WILL HAVE NO FOOD, NO MEDICINES OR EVEN ANY PROPER WINTER CLOTHING.

Despite efforts to stabilize the situation and deliver humanitarian help, the emergency needs continue to grow and population displacements are on the rise.

by Carole AlFarah

An estimated

13.5

million Syrians

need some form of humanitarian assistance –almost half are children.

An estimated

13.5

million Syrians

need some form of humanitarian assistance –almost half are children.

3out of4

Syrians live

in extreme poverty, after almost 6 years of civil war.

3out of4

Syrians live

in extreme poverty, after almost 6 years of civil war.

DONATE

This Christmas make a gift to Christian refugee and displaced families in the Middle East that will help them survive the winter.

The situation of the Christians in Iraq is tragic. In 2003 there were approximately 1.5 million Christians in the country.

TODAY THEIR NUMBER IS LESS THAN 250,000.

The wave of ISIS terror has forced hundreds of thousands of Christian families to flee their homes in Mosul and the towns of the Nineveh Plain. They have found shelter in Erbil, but most of them arrived only with the clothes they were wearing.

The pre-war population in Syria was 24.5 million. The 2016 population has dropped to 17.9 million. After 5 years of civil war three out of four Syrians live in extreme poverty. 8.7 million people are unable to meet their basic food needs and 70% of the population lacks access to safe drinking water.

ACN is committed to helping the Christians of Iraq stay in their homeland – but we need your help. With your support, we will be able to provide the Christian refugee families in northern Iraq with shelter and food for the winter months. 

BUT WE DO NOT HAVE MUCH TIME

When winter comes, survival will be even harder, especially for the most vulnerable – the children and the elderly.

Your generosity can make a difference in the lives of our suffering brothers and sisters in Syria!

Join ACN’s prayer community for the suffering and persecuted Christians

Once you subscribe to our prayer network, we will pray for your intentions in the daily Mass we celebrate in our chapel.

testimonies

TESTIMONIES

“After almost 2 years the Christian families who fled Mosul and the Nineveh plain feel a sense of desperation.”

Msgr. Bashar M. Warda, Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil.

“The ugly war entered our homes and destroyed us: our children lost their schools, we lost our livelihoods, and our properties were completely destroyed.”

Mr. Hani Anton and his wife from Zabadani.

“The insecurity, intolerance, violence and destruction, have spread chaos and uprooted over 2million families… It is now the vocation of the Eastern Christians to live like the first primitive Church, which as a minority, lived without warranty or protection.”

Mgr. Samir Nassar, Maronite Archbishop of Damascus.

IN ONLY ONE YEAR ACN HAS HELPED 190,328 PEOPLE IN SYRIA

With €50 you can support a family in Syria for one week, providing shelter and food to help them survive the winter.

Make a Christmas gift to our brothers and sisters in the Middle East!

ACN is a Pontifical Foundation

“I invite you all, together with ACN, to do everywhere in the world, a work of mercy.”

Pope Francis