BREAKING: Last night’s attacks in Iraq put our young friends at risk
UPDATE -- 10/25: As far as we are aware, the major threat has passed and all of the students are safe. To hear more about what happened, you can read an official statement by Mgr Yousif Thomas, the Chaldean archbishop of Kirkuk and Suleimaniya.
Last night, we received the tragic news that our young friends in Iraq are being threatened by ISIS/Daesh at their doorsteps.
If you’ve been keeping up with our activities over the last few years or months, you know that CitizenGO often sends support to Christian refugees in Kirkuk, Iraq—materially, politically, and through visits from our team.
The children and families who we support managed to escape the Islamic State when the jihadists overran the Nineveh Plain, but today ISIS pounced on them again. Right now, these young Christians are only steps away from those who wish to slaughter all the Christians of Iraq.
One of our friends who is aware of the situation, Rafed Yaldo, just informed us:
"I just received a message over night from one of the female students in Kirkuk asking for prayers. It seems that many ISIS thugs posing as refugees have entered the city of Kirkuk, and there is heavy fighting right outside of the homes where many displaced students live in. In one of the houses that I visited in January, there are about 9 girls who are terrified and in deep panic with no electricity, and their phone dying!!! . . . Please keep them in your prayers. This is not an easy situation!!"
Please take a moment to send a personal message of support to these Christians.
It may seem like too little, but I am sure they will be comforted by your words and your prayers. We will deliver your messages to the Vatican Nuncio, through whom they will reach Iraq.
And, of course, our efforts will not stop there. With your help, we will continue to fight for the protection of these Christians!
Most importantly… if you are a believer, I ask you to please say a prayer for them right now.
We know these children personally, and today our whole team is overwhelmed by fear about what will happen to them. Many of you have sent these children financial aid through your generous donations, or you have signed campaigns for international support to save them. Some of you have even joined us on our trips to Iraq.
At this moment, we ask only for your prayers and messages of support.
Look at them. These are our friends. These are your friends. These children are the future of Christianity in Iraq. They have been persecuted and threatened with death by jihad. Now, the risk of death is more imminent than perhaps ever before.
We have sat at their tables, played with them, heard their stories, and learned to love them.
CitizenGO’s whole team, and all the volunteers who have been to Iraq, are very concerned today.
We are in contact with the Archbishop of Kirkuk, Monsignor Mirkis, and with many of our friends who are in that area. We will continue to update this page with any information we receive.
Please send your message of support now.
And again, if you are a believer, I ask you to pray for these Christians and for an end to all jihadist violence.
On behalf of our persecuted brethren, I thank you for your concern, your prayers, and your continued support.
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