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Fact Sheet: CNEWA’s Assistance to Iraqis (1991–2002)

1994. Benefactors found it difficult to sustain levels of assistance that existed immediately after the Gulf War. Yet the Pontifical Mission’s Amman office managed to increase aid to Iraq.

Grants of $150,000 each were provided to two Catholic hospitals in Baghdad, Al Hayat, a 27-bed prenatal and postnatal hospital run by the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Raphael, an 86-bed hospital administered by another Dominican community. These funds purchased medicines and medical supplies.

In addition, funds in the amount of $109,561 were distributed to Iraq’s bishops for emergency assistance programs, primarily food and medicines.

Among a number of smaller grants for pastoral purposes throughout Iraq, new theological books were sent to the Chaldean Patriarchal Seminary of St. Peter in Baghdad, which houses young men from the Chaldean and Syriac Catholic churches as well as the Armenian Apostolic and Assyrian churches.

1995. In Baghdad, our Amman office distributed $691,556 in food, medical supplies and medicines. An additional $150,000 for medicines was given to the Chaldean Bishop of Basra. More than $100,000 in pastoral projects included the construction of a home for the aged in Baghdad, repairs to St. Peter’s Seminary library and the renovation of church structures in Bartella and Karakosh.

1996. In mid-May, the Pontifical Mission’s Regional Director for Jordan and Iraq, Mr. Raymond Riddick, spent one week meeting with Iraq’s Catholic leaders (Armenian, Chaldean, Latin and Syrian). Catechetical centers and health care and educational programs were cited as priorities.

In Baghdad and Basra, $153,928 was used for the purchase of medicines and medical supplies for needy Iraqi families. From $82,000 expended for pastoral purposes, a home for poor retired priests was constructed.

In Amman, Jordan, the Pontifical Mission’s Wednesday Health Clinic, which began in the mid-1990’s, reached out to Amman’s poor, many of them Iraqi refugees, who sought medical care. This clinic at first began at the Pontifical Mission’s office, but was later moved to the Italian Hospital in downtown Amman. Operated by the Comboni Sisters, the clinic now treats Amman’s poor – most of them Iraqi refugees – five days a week. In 1996, $36,000 was reserved for the medical needs of Iraqi refugees in Amman.

1997. $41,156 in medical supplies and medicines was distributed to Al Hayat Hospital, Baghdad. Equipment for the handicapped in the amount of $50,000 was purchased and distributed through the Armenian Catholic Archbishop of Baghdad.

Pastoral projects, including the formation of seminarians and religious, totaled $42,000. In Amman, $8,463 was spent on the health care of Iraqi refugees.

1998. Medicines and medical supplies, in the amount of $52,211, were distributed to the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Baghdad and Mosul.

Pastoral projects in Baghdad, Basra and Mosul, in the amount of $45,174, included the refurbishment of catechetical centers.

For Iraqis seeking refuge in neighboring Jordan, the Pontifical Mission’s Amman office subsidized ($31,000) the rosary-making, income-generating project sponsored by the Latin Patriarchal Vicar in Amman.

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