On 1 September 2014, ACERO implemented a relief campaign for displaced Christian families currently residing in and around the area of the Ancient Church of the East in Dohuk. Heading up the aid effort on the ground, Odisho Dawood, Chairman of ACERO's Dohuk Chapter said; "Today we distributed food and hygiene equipment (15 pieces per family) for 70 families; 55 displaced families, 10 from Sindor and a further 5 from Alqosh." ACERO Secretary Andy Darmoo expressed his thanks to all those that donate, namely from Australia, United States, Canada and Europe. ACERO will continue to use its full resources to support IDPs until the resolution of the current crisis and would like to thank ankawa.com for being present and taking pictures. An Arabic language report on this effort can also be viewed at: http://www.ankawa.com/index.php?option=com_jfusion&Itemid=139&jfile=index.php&topic=751515.0
On 13 August 2014, ACERO delivered humanitarian relief to 80 displaced families at the Sennacherib Sports Club, Dohuk. Aid packages distributed included a food hamper containing 15 items along with one foam mattress and pillow for each family. The 80 families were displaced from Baghdida, Bartalah, Telkaif, Batnaye, Teleskof, Sharafiah and Alqosh. It is noteworthy that the Governor of Dohuk, Farhad Atroshi, declared a State of Emergency last Tuesday following the influx of a large number of displaced people, mostly Assyrians, to Dohuk. Regrettably the authorities are unable to meet the service and shelter needs of the displaced. The work of organisations like ACERO is therefore paramount during this time of crisis.
ACERO has put into operation a major relief effort for Christian families internally displaced from Mosul and the Nineveh Plains. The first campaign was conducted at St George’s Church in East Dohuk which is currently hosting 55 displaced Christian families from Telkaif, Telisqof, Bartella, Bashiqa and Bahzani. ACERO distributed bedding items and food hampers (containing 13 items per hamper) to 59 families currently residing in the church hall. ACERO is intensifying its preparations to distribute significant aid to; 20 families at The Martyr’s Church in Semele, 26 families at the ACERO Housing Complex in Dohuk, 40 families in Dehi and 45 families in Kani Balavi. Please help ACERO to be a lifeline of support for the suffering Christians of Northern Iraq.
The Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation (ACERO) has launched another urgent campaign in response to the conflict currently engulfing parts of Northern Iraq. Aid and relief is being targeted to Christians fleeing towns and villages which were previously deemed to be safe in the Nineveh Plains. ACERO’s Dohuk Chapter officials have visited the following displaced families and registered them to receive urgent aid: - 35 families in Kani Balavi - 32 families in Dehi - 15 families in Dohuk ACERO is currently in the process of registering other families at St George’s Church in Dohuk and in The Martyr's Church in Semele. Some of the displaced families in these two locations are from the village of Bashiqa (located 18 kilometres from Mosul). Contact has also been made with officials at St John’s Church in Ankawa and other areas where displaced Christians have sought refuge. At the present time ACERO is providing mattresses, blankets, food parcels and in some special cases financial aid for medication and rent. ACERO thanks its supporters for their tremendous generosity which has enabled us to provide aid instantly. With much gratitude, Andy Darmoo Secretary On Behalf of ACERO Trustees
ACERO’s ‘Mosul Appeal’ continued on 23 July 2014 with the distribution of food aid to 60 families displaced by the Mosul conflict. ACERO, in collaboration with project partner the Assyrian Aid Society – Iraq, distributed aid to 15 Christian families, 15 Shabak families and 30 families who reside at the ACERO Dohuk Housing Complex. Food packages included rice, sugar, oil, tomato past, chicken eggs, milk, bread, tea, cheese, cream, jam, canned fish and chicken and washing powder. The need of displaced families is growing daily; particularly for other items including clothing, blankets, medicine and kitchen equipment.
On 12 June 2014, ACERO released an ‘Urgent Bulletin’ launching its ‘Mosul Appeal’. This Appeal responds to the ongoing turmoil engulfing Mosul, and the surrounding areas of Nineveh Province, Iraq. This situation has resulted in another mass exodus of Christians. Through the support and rapid action of our local chapter members and project partners ACERO has begun to assist those in immediate need, including Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriac Orthodox and Catholic and Arabs. ACERO’s Response Dohuk ACERO’s chapter members in Dohuk have commenced receiving internally displaced people from Mosul. Within only the initial days of the commencement of disturbances in Mosul, ACERO has provided housing to 20 individuals including women and children with disabilities in the ACERO Dohuk Housing Complex. These individuals are receiving ongoing humanitarian aid such as food, bedding and basic medications. Telkaif The Reverend Cor-bishop Yosuif B. Khaboo of the Assyrian Church of the East in Telkaif Northern Iraq has received 100 individuals internally displaced from Mosul. Of the 100 who have presented to the church, 69 individuals are Christians (including Assyrians, Chaldean Catholics, Syrian Catholics and Orthodox) and 31 individuals from the Arab community. Through ACERO’s rapid financial assistance and the work of our chapter members and [...]