Thursday, 6 August 2015

6 August: a day of sorrow, but also the day that God saved us

On 6th August 2014, more than 120,000 Christians were forced to flee from their homes as militants from the terrorist organisation Daesh (ISIS) invaded Qaraqosh. The life of the church in Iraq was changed forever as thousands were made to live as destitute refugees inside or outside of the country. To commemorate the day, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is holding an international prayer event to remember those who... are still internally displaced within their homeland one year later.

Speaking to ACN, Baghdad-born Chaldean priest Father Douglas Bazi who works with Iraqi refugees in Erbil added his voice to the call for prayer: “The 6th of August is a day of sorrow, but also the day that God saved us. We are, after all, still alive. We will celebrate a mass. We cannot forget what happened. However, we will ask God to forgive the perpetrators and to change their thinking.”

ACN has been able to support Christian refugees in Iraq in many ways. Immediately following the events of 6th August last year, a delegation travelled to Iraq to assess the situation and since then about 7 million euros* have been spent to house and care for the people and construct a number of schools for refugee children. Today, on 6th August 2015, ACN asks for prayers for Christians in need in Iraq.

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