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Christian charity offers £400,000 for displaced Iraqi families

by Eno Adeogun

Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, UK (ACN) will provide for 100,000 displaced people in Kurdish communities forced out of their homes in the Nineveh Plains by invading Daesh (ISIS) forces.

Neville Kyrke-Smith, UK Director of the charity said: "The benefactors of Aid to the Church in Need have been wonderful in their tremendous response in providing emergency help for Iraqi Christians driven from their homes.

"Having visited the displaced families sharing homes in northern Iraq, I know how much this vital help means to them. It has put them on the road to recovery."

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At least 46 per cent of the emergency help provided by Erbil's archdiocese - the capital city of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq - has come through ACN.

The charity explained before the grants were given, families slept out in the open or under bridges but with the help of ongoing aid, people were given tents and then portable homes, before finally moving into purpose-built flats.

Kyrke-Smith added: "Having visited the displaced families sharing homes in northern Iraq, I know how much this vital help means to them. It has put them on the road to recovery."

An ACN survey which showed damage and destruction to nearly 13,000 dwellings across nine predominantly Christian villages in Nineveh.

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With Daesh forced out of Nineveh last autumn and more than 80 per cent of displaced families now interested in returning, Father Andrzej Halemba, coordinator of ACN Middle East projects, is working with bishops from different denominations to enable the resettlement programme to move ahead.

Father Halemba said: "This is a historic moment for the future of Christianity in Iraq."

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