By Linda Jones
05/24/2018 Washington, D.C. (International Christian Concern) – After ISIS invaded Iraq in 2014, thousands of Christians, some already internally displaced, were forced to flee their homes for safety. Many Christians from the Nineveh Plains sought refuge in Kurdistan, particularly the Dohuk area which hosted more internally displaced persons (IDPs) than anywhere else in Iraq. In 2017, the Iraq Central Government declared the Nineveh Plains to be liberated from ISIS. However, many Christian families are still displaced and lack support.
Many are hesitant to return home because ISIS still represents a threat to religious minorities. Further still, many have become even more fearful after 800 Christians were displaced from Telskuf in October. The majority of these individuals continue to seek refuge in Dohuk, hoping that one day the conditions will be safe enough for them to return home.
One of ICC’s local partners has operated a mobile medical clinic in Dohuk since August 2015 to help many of the Christian victims in the region. They serve approximately 600 patients every month, but have faced many challenges lately. The clinic needs more staff, more equipment, and more medicine since the demand is so high. The total cost of medicine per month is $7,000 dollars, which is approximately $14 per patient.
As part of ICC’s Community Rebuild fund, we provided financial assistance to provide 88 patients with medication that would not have been possible for them to purchase following their displacement.
One of the patients shared, “I’m from Batnaya. We have been displaced for four years and a half. We went to Ainkawa and have been living in caravans then we went to Duhok, later we came here. We thank you in hundred and thousand times for all your efforts in providing this aid, in which, without your support, where will we have money to buy the medicine?… We have been here for more than a year and half and we didn’t receive any assistance. We thank you for your help.”
Please pray for the displaced families who continue to struggle since leaving their home. Ask God to provide for all of their needs and give them strength during such a challenging season of life.
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