Milk and bread for children,
clothes, medicine, work, two generators to make up for the lack of
electricity, monthly school bus fares for children: this is list of
urgent needs sent to AsiaNews by Fr. Samir Youssef who is appealing for aid from the campaign "Adopt a Christian from Mosul."
Samir is parish priest of the diocese of Amadiya-Dohuc
in northern Kurdistan, which has welcomed and sheltered 3500 Christian,
Muslim and yazide families who fled from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain
last year, to escape the violence of the Islamic state. Thanks to the
aid they have received thus far, explains Fr. Samir, " we help
to keep the flame of hope alive in them that our Lord Jesus Christ is
with them that even if they had to leave everything they had in His name
and for His love, He will never abandon them."
AsiaNews has decided to support the projects suggested by Fr. Samir
Youssef. Therefore, we appeal to all our readers and friends to donate
what they can to our campaign "Adopt a Christian from Mosul," details of
how to make a donation are provided below.
Dear Fr. Bernardo,
First of all I would like to thank you for what you and AsiaNews are
doing for us and for our cause: whenever you write about our tragedy,
the tragedy of the Christian and Yazidi refugees, you help us to find
solidarity, and overcome a sense of having been abandoned. Thousands of
people are fleeing with nothing, for over a year they have been coming
here in order to escape certain death; the roots of Christianity, sowed
on the Nineveh plain since the first century AD have been comepletly
wiped out in one night.
One year on from the beginning of this tragedy, we – the local
Chaldean Church- are now finding it almost impossibile to continue
facing this emergency, to come to the aid of these people who are
fleeing from the fury of IS: we feed them, we give them accommodation
and guarantee medicines and care.
In this way we help to keep the flame of hope alive in them that our
Lord Jesus Christ is with them that even if they had to leave everything
they had in His name and for His love, He will never abandon them.
But our aim is also to show that God’s love is for all the people
that we are hosting: there are not only Christians (of all
denominations) but also Yazidis and Muslims. And to do this, we rely on
the charity of the Catholic Church worldwide, our patriarch of the
Chaldean Church Mar Luis Sako and the good will of many Christians and
benefactors such as the readers of AsiaNews.
For over a year now we have been living in a difficult situation: the
people are out of work and we have to give them not only food but also
"cash" to buy bread and milk and other small necessities, for them and
for their children . Every day we face a list of bills to pay (fuel,
water, electricity). Our daily work is not limited only to necessities:
our mission as a Church is also to strengthen the faith of those who are
in suffering and despair and encourage them not to be afraid. And now
winter is coming and we face even greater concerns:
1) Finding the means to transport students to school, so they will not lose another school year.
2) Providing 200 families with the money to buy clothes for their
children and other needs that must be addressed, especially in view of
3) Paying for two electricity generators, in two refugee centers,
because the electric current is supplied only a few hours a day and
often not every day.
We once again appeal to your generosity and thank you in advance for
any help and support you can give. We pray for you, and we ask you to do
the same for us.
Fraternal greetings to you and to all AsiaNews readers.
Samir Yousif Al-khoury
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