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.
The Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organisation (ACERO) is pleased to announce that it has just launched a major water relief project in Northern Iraq. Within the context of the ongoing conflict in Iraq, all Iraqis, and minority communities in particular, have been directly affected by water shortages and general instability in the provision of basic services and utilities. In order to meet this major water crisis and in response to the current sweltering Iraqi heat, ACERO has purchased a water tanker and is providing relief to families in dire need to water at no cost. ACERO provides all aid without regard to the denomination of those it supports, helping Christians from all churches in Iraq and where it is called upon to do so, to non-Christian groups including Arabs. In this time of crisis, ACERO’s Trustees offer their immense appreciation to His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos-Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East who has given direct instructions to ACERO to direct all its financial efforts and manpower towards the relief of Iraq’s Christian communities wherever they are in need. His Holiness the Catholicos-Patriarch along with the Holy Synod of the Assyrian Church of the East are [...]
A message from the ACERO Secretary Dear Supporter, ACERO is pleased to announce that a further 95 families have arrived in Dohuk, with six at the ACERO Dohuk Housing Complex, with thanks to our Chapter in Dohuk, who were ready to extend help to all with blankets, mattresses, food parcels, almost immediately, thanks to our donors. I would also like to thank our Chapters in England, USA, and Australia, who are doing a fantastic job in helping our people worldwide. They have been able to collect funds and send them within hours to Nineveh, in Iraq especially, but also across the Middle East more generally. God bless our supporters and donors that we are in a position to help immediately, within our budget, our Christian brothers and sisters from all denominations with open arms. I also take this opportunity to thank Ankawa.com who kindly covered this event in St Joseph's church with the attached photographs. God bless you for your support. How Can You Help? Your generous support will help ACERO to continue providing direct aid and relief to displaced residents of Mosul and the surrounding Nineveh region. Please show your support and concern by making an urgent contribution online securely in your preferred currency. Yours sincerely, Andy Darmoo Secretary
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 [...]
The Fall of Mosul Ancient Nineveh Another Assyrian Christian Tragedy Unfolds ACERO has responded rapidly and begun to reach many families fleeing Mosul and the surrounding areas, who have sought refuge within local churches. With the assistance of local ACERO chapter members on the ground, important work has already begun to assist those in immediate need, including Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriac Orthodox and Catholic and Arabs affected by the ongoing turmoil. ACERO chapter members and partners on the ground report that “they are arriving with the clothes on their backs … they do not even have bags”. The International Organisation for Migration has estimated that 500,000 residents of Mosul have already fled Iraq’s second-city. ACERO’s Response Financial aid reached the area within an hour of the reports coming in; The school classroom (within ACERO’s Dohuk Housing Complex) has been converted into temporary shelter for displaced families; Local church parishes have set up food distribution points, as the supplies begin to become sparse; and, A priest’s home has been vacated to allow families to use the facilities for shelter. ACERO’s Trustees are receiving constant updates on the situation in order to ensure the level of assistance provided meets the requirements and is [...]