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July 2015

Caritas Iraq held an important meeting with its partners in Erbil. The meeting was attended by almost all partners in addition to the organizations working in the area such as UNICEF and OCHA. The meeting included the ongoing and emergency programme and the upcoming strategy. The partners meeting was also attended by his beatitude patriarch Louis Raphael 1 Sako who confirmed his continuous support for Caritas and its work. 

Caritas Iraq is targeting all areas where the needy exist especially the displaced families.

Accordingly, Caritas headed towards assisting the displaced families in l-Abar and Fallujah, Caritas reached close to Al-Zubayr Bridge near Fallujah to distribute food, in-kind and sanitary items. Caritas Iraq is the only organization who was able to reach to the camps near Al-Zubayr Bridge, Caritas Iraq targeted (1500) families so far, taking into consideration that the programme is funded by Caritas Switzerland. 

Coordination and collaboration continued with Caritas Germany to implement a programme supporting the displaced families un Zakho. A delegation from Caritas Germany including Mr. Christophe and Mrs. Angela, visited the area to promote cooperation with Caritas Iraq. The visit was successful by all standards. 

Caritas Iraq continues implementing its various programmes in coordination with the CRS in Duhok area. The coordination continues especially on the psychological aspect, restoration, rehabilitation and exchanging experience. The two parties work as a one teamwork to assist the needy in the area. 

Work continues in the social centre in Erbil which replaced Qaraqosh and Bartilla centres currently due to the deteriorating security conditions. The staff is exerting their utmost efforts to implement the emergency and ongoing programmes supported directly by the volunteers. 

The programme of supporting the minorities in the northern region which focuses currently on implementing three main activities: 

  • Restoration and Rehabilitation
  • Psychological Support
  • Cash money

The programme was successful in targeting the Christian and Yazidi families

The leadership in the Church of Iraq and the Nunciature focuses on the work of Caritas Iraq and provide continues support through continue field visits to encourage the staff to continue working with compassion and achieving the humanitarian mission in spite of the exceptional conditions that the country is facing.

His Eminence Cardinal Sandri, visited the social housing centre and met the beneficiaries. His Eminence also joined Caritas Iraq in assisting the displaced families from Al-Anbar and Fallujah in coordination with the Sunni and Shiite endowments in Baghdad. His Eminence praised the wonderful work of Caritas Iraq during this current period especially targeting all the Iraqis with no exception regardless of their religions, nationality or denomination.

Work continued actively in all the ongoing and emergency programmes of Caritas Iraq which continues in achieving great successes in spite of the harsh security conditions that Iraq is facing.

Caritas Iraq implemented, in coordination with Caritas Cananda, a programme to support the displaced families in Baghdad and the southern region of Iraq. This was done as an initiation from Caritas to cover all the areas with the needed support, not only the northern region.

The staff of Caritas Iraq continues attending the regular meetings of the working groups of the International organizations working in the northern region to exchange information, experiences and coordination.

Caritas Iraq is getting ready currently to implement a joint project with the UNICEF in the northern region targeting (2000) displaced families through the activity of (cash money). The project will be implemented soon.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace,
Who are yourself our peace and our reconciliation,
Who so often said Peace to you,
Grant us peace!
Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice and brotherly love.
Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace.
Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace.
May all peoples of the earth become as brothers and sisters.
May longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all. AMEN
Mary, Queen of Peace, Pray for us!
(Pope Saint John XXIII)

News and resources


Bishop Murphy's letter on Christian Persecution and the commitment to Peace

Shelter for Iraqis displaced by ISIS

Caritas Iraq

Education for displaced Iraqi children

Al-Barzanjia Camp

Supporting the Displaced Families Project

Proposal of Integrating People with Special Needs into the Society 2015-2016

Proposal of the Volunteers Peace Building Programme 2015-2016

Proposal of Supporting the patients and victims of violence, students, programme 2015-2016