One Night in Manchester for Iraq, Syria

Friends in Manchester may wish to join the upcoming annual One Night for Religious Freedom, which will again be held at the Holy Name Church on Oxford Road. 

At One Night, you can learn more about the aid efforts taking place by Aid to the Church in Need, whose work in Iraq and Syria, includes helping displaced families and those forced to flee the fighting in Mosul. 

One Night is free to attend and is open to everyone to come along too. We also welcome any feedback you may have, on any other UK wide events you may have been to, which have been organised by ACN.

Iraqi in US, uses scholarship for dental training

Mohammed Aysar Abbas is well on his way to becoming a dental assistant thanks to Community Sharing in Highland Township. Abbas, 22, a Lakeland High School graduate, recently received the outreach center’s first Kathy Pardikes Memorial Scholarship, which he will apply toward a 14-week course in dental assisting. 

It’s a career move the Iraqi native says will set him apart from other candidates when he applies for dental school a few years down the road. Community Sharing volunteers have gotten to know Abbas over the past three years as he escorted his mother to the center’s food pantry every month. 

CLEAN WATER, CLEAN START: AMAR WATER TREATMENT PLANT REVITALISES BASRA COMMUNITY

Iraq has long been hampered by a failing water system. The devastating 2007 cholera outbreak underlined the desperate need to improve Iraq’s water and sanitation systems. In 2008, UNICEF reported that less than 50% of the country’s population had access to potable water. Today, 6.6 million Iraqis are still without access to safe drinking water. 

AMAR is pioneering efforts to support communities through the construction of water treatment plants. Sheikh Quassim lives in Al Khora, a village in the Basra region, with his wife and four children. For years, he watched on helplessly as they contracted regular illnesses due to the contaminated water they were obliged to drink. Nasim was not alone. 

Nowruz becomes opportunity for dialogue in Iraq

Celebrations for religious occasions and holidays in Iraq have lately focused on common grounds of belief among citizens of Iraq. The purpose is to calm tensions caused by ethnic and sectarian conflicts or struggle over power and wealth among political elites. Nowruz, which represents the new year for Iranians and Baha’is and marks the end of a 19-day fast, took place March 21. 

The Baha’is have launched a “social dialogue initiative” to establish a ground of dialogue and coexistence in all components of Iraqi society. The initiative stems from the despair felt in the country due to ongoing conflicts and religious intolerance. 

Thousands of wounded and sick coming from western Mosul

As fighting rages in Mosul, Iraq, civilians in the city are caught in the crossfire with limited access to lifesaving medical care. Risking their lives, tens of thousands have fled since the offensive on the western part of the city started on 19 February. Thousands of wounded have been rushed from the conflict area by ambulance. 

In and around Mosul, there is a lack of medical resources to treat the high number of patients. Ambulances referring medical emergencies to hospitals outside the city are simply unable to cope with the numbers of trauma victims and to travel long distances to transfer patients in need of further treatment.