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8 September Sep 2014 1257 08 September 2014

Refugees in Iraq, how we are helping #AVSI4Iraq

AVSI Foundation is launching a fundraising campaign in support of Iraqi refugees, mostly Christians, who have found refuge in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, following clashes between the Islamic state and Kurdish militias in the north-east Iraq, in collaboration with the Chaldean Patriarchate and Caritas Iraq.

The action will consist mainly in the supply of essential goods (blankets, mattresses, etc.), food and support to the payment of rents, in partnership with the Chaldean Patriarchate and Iraq Caritas.

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From the website:
http://www.avsi.org/cosa-fare-per-avsi/donazioni/
(Select: EMERGENZA PROFUGHI IN IRAQ) Bank transfer: CREDITO VALTELLINESE SEDE MILANO STELLINE, Corso Magenta, 59 IBAN: IT04D0521601614000000005000 Bank account: AVSI FONDAZIONE Reason for payment: EMERGENZA PROFUGHI IN IRAQ

For international bank transfer: Swift code (BIC): BPCVIT2S

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How we help

According to OCHA, more than 1.8 million Iraqis fled their homes, because of the ongoing war. Of these, more than 850,000 have fled after the offensive launched by Islamic State in July.
They found shelter in Iraqi Kurdistan, in the capital Erbil, which is now secure. Many are the needs of these people, forced to live in extreme conditions, in makeshift shelters, abandoned buildings, schools, churches or tents, without enough food and water.
AVSI Foundation, the Chaldean Patriarchate and Caritas Iraq are currently working in Erbil to meet the needs of many of them and give families decent living conditions . From July, approximately 7400 humanitarian kit were distributed, which included mattresses, food and water. In details:
  • 10,000 sacks of rice
  • 5,000 sacks of flour
  • 5,000 sacks of lentils
  • 4,000 bottles of cooking oil
  • 8,000 boxes of meat and vegetables
  • 2,000 blankets
  • 1,000 clothes
Winter is coming, and consequently the needs are changing. Beds are now available to almost everyone in Erbil, blankets and clothing are now needed, as well as a larger amounts of food and water, which is currently the main priority .
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The call of Shlemon Warduni

"We do not understand why, the real reason for all this. We ask for help, but it seems there is no one who wants to do it". This was the call launched on Saturday from the Meeting of Rimini by Monsignor Shlemon Warduni, Auxiliary Bishop of the Patriarchate of Babylon in Iraq.
In response to his request for help, that could not leave us indifferent, AVSI Foundation has launched a campaign to raise funds necessary to accommodate the refugees who arrived in Erbil, at least 180’000 people, mostly Christians.

We need the support of everyone in order to offer to the thousands of fleeing people the return to decent living conditions.

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Since the beginning of August, in Northern Iraq, more than 120`000 Christians have fled their homes in the plain of Nineveh, after some violent attacks by the Islamic State to towns inhabited by ethnic minorities - especially Christians and Yazidis - and subsequent clashes with Kurdish militias supported by the USA.
They fled in Erbil, where they found refuge but at a price of difficult living conditions. More than 850`000 Iraqis have left their homes, since July, when the offensive of the Islamic State in Iraqi Kurdistan has started, leading to the occupation of the city of Mosul and some clashes throughout the area.
We have shifted from the USA occupation to the more strange and terrible persecution in Mosul. They want to uproot us from our land, deleting our ancient culture in Iraq. 120`000 Christians have left the Nineveh Plain with other minorities. They want to uproot us, kill us, destroy the entire archeology and the oldest manuscripts" said Monsignor Warduni during the event on Saturday at the Meeting of Rimini.
From the meeting with Bishop Warduni and starting from his appeal, the idea came up to commit actively in favor of Iraqi refugees trough an intervention in collaboration with the Chaldean Patriarchate and Caritas Iraq, chaired by the Bishop of Babylon. Donate now and help us