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ICC Note: The severity of Christian persecution in Syria and Iraq grows more dire with the onset of winter and continuing violence against them. News of their plight reached the British Monarchy causing Prince Charles to donate money and speak out about persecuted Christians in Iraq and Syria. He released a statement saying that the “indescribable tragedy” of violence in the region threatens Christianity’s “very existence . . . in the land of its birth.”

01/13/2016 Middle East (Royal Central) After meeting with many Iraqi and Syrian refugees, The Prince of Wales has donated money to persecuted Christians.

Following a speech Prince Charles made on persecuted Christians at an advent reception last month, the undisclosed amount was made from the Prince of Wales’ charitable foundation to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

The rapidly growing crisis of extremism could have an effect on religion and threaten “the very existence of Christianity in the land of its birth,” Charles said at the event where he spent time talking to Syrian and Iraqi Christians who had fled persecution.

UK national director of ACN, Neville Kyrke-Smith, was thankful towards Prince Charles and said it could have a far-reaching impact.

“Having met Iraqi and Syrian refugees recently in Lebanon, I know how much such help means – and the fact that our brothers and sisters are not forgotten,” Neville said.

“The support of the Prince of Wales for the work of Aid to the Church in Need and other organisations encourages more people to do the same.”

This is not the first time Charles has lent his support to persecuted Christians. In the past, he has donated what was described as a “small token of assistance” to ACN and is known to regularly speak on the threat Christians face in the Middle East, which he has said is an “indescribable tragedy”.

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