On Saturday 9th August 2014, ACERO distributed humanitarian aid to Internally Displaced Persons who have fled to the villages of Kani Balavi, Warmel and Zawita from the Nineveh Plains. Urgent aid was distributed to Christian and other minority communities as follows: 59 families in Kani Balavi, 30 families in Warmel and 25 families living in destitute conditions in public places. Aid packages distributed included a food hamper containing 14 items along with one foam mattress for each family. This aid distribution follows a previous major campaign in Dohuk where relief was provided to more than 100 Christian families who had fled from Bashiqa, Bahzani, Bartalah, Baghdeda, Telkaif and Teleskof, all towns and villages in the Nineveh Plains, as a result of the Islamic State gaining control of the area.
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