On 30 August 2014, ACERO implemented a relief campaign for displaced Christian families currently residing in The Martyr’s Church of the Assyrian Church of the East in Semele. Food packages and supplies were distributed to 59 Christian families and 4 non-Christian families. Present during the aid distribution was ACERO Secretary Mr Andy Darmoo who is visiting Iraq from the United Kingdom to review ACERO’s aid efforts. Those displaced families present expressed their deep concern as to their situation with the forthcoming arrival of the winter season. All families remain unsure as to whether circumstances will exist to facilitate their repatriation to their ancestral towns and villages in the Nineveh Plains. They are gripped by a sense of fear, apprehension and confusion. ACERO will continue to use its full resources to support IDPs until the resolution of the current crisis.
ACERO has provided humanitarian relief to almost 250 Christian families displaced from the Nineveh Plains and presently in Kawzinjak, Arbil. These families have found shelter in three halls and other facilities belong to St Yousif's Church where the aid was distributed. ACERO provided the church kitchen with 18 staple food items in a quantity that is sufficient for the ongoing needs of the displaced families. During the same campaign, aid was also delivered to 10 displaced Christian families currently in the Kurdish (but historically Assyrian) village of Sundur. These initiatives form part of ACERO ‘Mosul Appeal’ which has been providing ongoing aid and relief to displaced Christians from Mosul and the Nineveh Plains over the last two months.
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.