Iraq Crisis Appeal: end the horror
Fear is sweeping across parts of northern Iraq as people flee for their lives to escape Islamic State (IS) militants.
In recent weeks, attacks by IS in the Ninewa province of Iraq have led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. Many of them are persecuted religious minorities, including Yazidis and Christians.
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The UN estimates that more than 200,000 people have fled from the town of Sinjar.
Thousands of Yazidis (members of one of Iraq’s oldest religious minorities) remain trapped in the mountains with no access to food or water.
As many as 100,000 Christians have fled their homes as fears of an IS advance grow.
Janet Symes, Head of Middle East at Christian Aid, said:
‘ The situation across parts of Iraq and the plight of persecuted minorities is horrific.'
'The magnitude at which Islamic State militants are operating is absolutely terrifying and we deplore their actions in the deliberate targeting of civilians.
'We are appealing for the protection of all people, including persecuted religious minorities such as the Yazidis and Christians – hundreds of thousands of whom have fled in fear of their lives.
'What is happening in Iraq is beyond comprehension.
‘We call for an urgent humanitarian response and join the World Council of Churches appeal to the United Nations "to ensure the rights, dignity and physical survival of the diverse peoples of Iraq and its neighbours."'
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We are one of the few agencies already working in Iraq, but we urgently need to scale up our response given the magnitude of what is happening.
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