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Journey to Jordan: A Refugee’s Story (One-to-One blog, 22 Apr 2015) Last Saturday morning, I met a man named Agnan Adnidihad. Now I’d like you to meet him, too. A few months ago, he was a 62-year-old repairman working in Mosul, Iraq — a Syriac Orthodox Christian quietly tending his business and saying his prayers. Then along came ISIS...

Finding Sanctuary in Jordan (ONE magazine, Spring 2015) Although most of the 8,000 Iraqi Christians ultimately hope to travel onward to North America, Europe or Australia, those aiding them believe it could take at least three years, if at all, before Western countries accept them as refugees for resettlement. In this desperate situation, Jordan’s Christian community does all it can to help...

CNEWA Rushes Aid to Middle East Christians (One-to-One blog, 14 April 2015) The president of CNEWA, Msgr. John E. Kozar, has authorized the immediate release of $686,000 to assist the Christian community in the Middle East as part of CNEWA’s ongoing commitment to the region’s churches and their humanitarian and pastoral initiatives...

“60 Minutes” on Persecuted Christians: “They Cannot Take God From Our Hearts” (One-to-One blog, 23 March 2015) Sunday night, the CBS News program “60 Minutes” presented a powerful report on the ongoing persecution of Christians in Iraq by ISIS...

On Syrian and Iraqi Refugees: “Everything Has Changed for the Worse” (One-to-One blog, 26 January 2015) Jordan and Lebanon have become a temporary refuge for millions of Syrian and Iraqi refugees seeking shelter after being forced to flee their homelands. But despite the time that has passed, things are not improving, says Carl Hétu, Canada National Director of Catholic Near East Welfare Association...

Picture of the Day: “They Believe the World Has Abandoned Them” (One-to-One blog, 12 January 2015) Catholic News Service has an update on the situation among Iraqi refugees in Jordan. A Catholic official warned that funding will soon run out to feed and house thousands of Iraqi Christians sheltering in Jordan after being made homeless by Islamic State militants. Syriac Catholic Fr. Noor Alqasmosa, who is charged with helping the refugees, told Catholic News Service that the funding situation is desperate, as the chances for many to restart a new life now further...

IRAQ UPDATE: “Christianity is Bleeding” (One-to-One blog, 1 December 2014) We recently received the following urgent appeal from Sister Maria Hanna, prioress of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Iraq: “After four months of exile there are no signs of hope that the situation here in Iraq will be resolved peacefully. Unable to think or make decisions, everything is vague and we feel as if we have been living a nightmare...”

IRAQ UPDATE: After 100 Days, “Dire Situations” for Refugees (One-to-One blog, 20 November 2014) Staff members from CNEWA visited refugees in northern Iraq last week, and on their return offered an exhaustive and detailed analysis of the situation on the ground...

REPORT: Update on Iraq (Report, 20 November 2014) So far, an estimated 1.8 million Iraqis have been forced to leave their homes. Many have fled in fear for their lives from Islamic militants...

CNEWA Rushes Emergency Funds to Iraqi, Syrian Refugees (One-to-One blog, 17 November 2014) CNEWA’s president, Msgr. John E. Kozar, has rushed an additional $382,011 in emergency funds to alleviate the suffering of desperate Iraqi and Syrian refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan, Jordan and Lebanon. In addition, funding partners in Germany have awarded CNEWA an initial grant of $124,522 to assist its work with displaced families in Iraqi Kurdistan...

Poolside in Iraq, as Winter Approaches (One-to-One blog, 4 November 2014) CNS today reports on Iraqi refugees who will be facing especially hard times in the months ahead...

Picture of the Day: Care for the Children of Iraq (One-to-One blog, 29 October 2014) Over the weekend, Michel Constantin, CNEWA’s regional director for Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, submitted a brief report on the needs of refugee children in Iraq...

IRAQ: Starting Over in Erbil (One-to-One blog, 10 October 2014) While Ghanem Yadago, his wife Waheeda and his two sons Wissam and Fadi were fleeing their home in northern Iraq under ISIS gunfire, Ghanem found he had a steady calm and was able to support and encourage his wife to continue the passage out of danger. This is in part because Ghanem could not see the danger and chaos that his family could see around them as they fled: He is blind...

BREAKING IN IRAQ: CNEWA Receives Grant to Open Two Additional Dispensaries in Northern Iraq An independent Catholic family foundation, Raskob, has awarded Catholic Near East Welfare Association an emergency grant to assist the agency in opening two additional medical clinics serving Iraqi Christian refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan...

IRAQ UPDATE: Living in the Streets, Needing Everything The Iraqi Christian community, perhaps the oldest in the world, has survived more than 1400 years under Islamic rule in its homeland...

IRAQ UPDATE: Jordan Struggles With a Flood of Iraqi Refugees In spite of the lack of resources, Jordanians are still receiving Iraqi Christian refugees...



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