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.
On the morning of Tuesday 26 August 2014, ACERO distributed relief to 83 displaced Christian families living in Missorikeh, Semele. This aid was distributed at St Daniel’s Church of the Ancient Church of the East. The emergency food hampers included 18 staple food items in multiple quantities. ACERO's tremendous work continues.
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