From Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) – 22nd April 2016.
The House of Commons has recognised Daesh (ISIS)’s attacks on Christians, Yazidis and other ethnic and religious minorities as Genocide. Many thanks to all of you who contacted your MP to raise awareness of this most-important issue.
Neville Kyrke-Smith, National Director of ACN (UK) welcomed the result of Wednesday’s vote, he said: “We are delighted by this result – as it should now lead to action for Christians and other persecuted minorities in the Middle East. Our project partners in the region say they often feel abandoned and forgotten by the West, we hope that this will lead to concrete steps being taken that will give them real hope amidst the ongoing turmoil.”
Daesh has declared its intent to both eradicate Yazidis from the region and to kill “the worshippers of the cross”.
Opening the debate in the house, MP Fiona Bruce referred to evidence from Yvette, a woman who had flown in from Syria to address parliamentarians at a meeting the evening before.
Mrs Bruce said that: “[Yvette] spoke of Christians being killed and tortured, and of children being beheaded in front of their parents.
“She showed us recent film footage of herself talking with mothers—more than one—who had seen their own children crucified.
Mrs Bruce also mentioned “the truly harrowing personal testimony” of 16-year-old Yazidi girl Ekhlas.
“She was seized by Daesh from her home, along with others from her community in Sinjar in northern Iraq. At the age of 15, she saw her father and brother killed in front of her. She told of how every girl in her community over eight, including herself, was imprisoned and raped. She spoke of witnessing her friends being raped and hearing their screams, and of seeing a girl aged nine being raped by so many men that she died.”
As much as mankind is capable of terrible acts of barbarism, we also have an enormous capacity for compassion. Your love and compassion enables ACN to provide vital aid and spiritual support to Christians and others who have suffered the most horrific treatment imaginable.
ACN funds over 140 emergency and pastoral projects in Syria and Iraq, prioritising pastoral help and emergency aid to refugee families in the Middle East.
ACN: “Thank YOU for helping your Brothers and Sisters in Christ – please continue to stand with them.”