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FR. AMMAR FROM IRAQ:
“CHRISTIANS FRUSTRATED THEY HAVEN’T GONE HOME YET”
“The promised Christian return to the Nineveh Plain continues to be delayed”, says Steven Wagner of Solidarity with the Persecuted Church
Solidarity with the Persecuted Church provides material aid to the Syriac Catholic and Syriac Orthodox Christians living in exile in Kurdistan, Iraq. One of our partners in that community is Father Ammar Simon, a Syriac Catholic priest who runs the Holy Family Center in Ainkawa, Iraq, providing medicine, food, and basic supplies to displaced Christians. Father Ammar was in the United States recently, where he met with Steven Wagner of Solidarity with the Persecuted Church.
“Christians at Father Ammar’s Holy Family Center in Ainkawa, Iraq want to return to their homes but the liberation of their villages hasn’t come as soon as promised. Consequently, Father Ammar reports they are discouraged and frustrated, and the Holy Family Center is increasingly overburdened. The disappointment is real and conditions are deteriorating,” commented Steven Wagner, President of Solidarity with the Persecuted Church.
“We’re talking about the most basic of needs here,” continued SPC President Wagner. “These homeless Christians don’t want to go to Europe or the United States; they want to go home.”
Solidarity with the Persecuted Church managed to deliver diapers, formula and baby care items to Christian mothers through the Holy Family Center, because of a special fundraising campaign in July 2016.
“Father Ammar and his brother priests are doing heroic work, and it was an honor to spend time with him again,” concluded Steven Wagner of SPC. “As the return of the faithful to their rightful homes continues to be prolonged, we must find ways to do more … to help more. Solidarity with the Persecuted Church is helping the local Church sustain each and every Christian in exile. We pray others will join in our efforts.”
Solidarity with the Persecuted Church is a 501c3 charitable organization dedicated to bringing awareness to the issue of Christian persecution around the world and to providing practical, non-governmental assistance to Christians and Christian churches in need. For more information contact Frank Petsche at firstname.lastname@example.org.