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Aid group sends emergency support for Iraqi Christian refugees from Mosul

Catholic World News - June 20, 2014

The international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has supplied €100,000 Euros (about $130,000) in emergency relief aid for Iraqi Christian refugees who have fled from Mosul after the city was taken by Islamic militants.

Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Emil Shimon Nona of Mosul has reported that virtually all of the city’s 3,000 Christian residents have left, with most seeking refuge in nearby villages on the Nineveh plains. The ACN funds will be used to provide temporary shelter there for an estimated 1,000 families in need of emergency aid.

According to Emil Shimon Nona, Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, all of the approx. 3000 Christian inhabitants of Mosul immediately fled the city following the onset of the attacks; most found refuge in villages on the nearby Nineveh plains. The church has found provisional shelter for the refugees in schools, catechesis rooms and abandoned houses. It is “uncertain whether all of the families will be able to return to Mosul.”

During the past five years, ACN has provided about €2.4 million (over $3.25 million) in support for Iraqi Christians.

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