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Funding running out for Iraqi refugees in Jordan

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Hope fades: An Iraqi Christian child who fled from violence in Mosul, Iraq, lies on a bed in late August at a church in Amman, Jordan. A Catholic official has warned that funding will soon run out for the refugees, who fled Islamic State militants.
Photo: CNS/Jamal Nasrallah, EPA

A CATHOLIC official warned that funding will soon run out to feed and house thousands of Iraqi Christians who are sheltering in Jordan after being made homeless by Islamic State militants.

Syriac Catholic Father Noor Alqasmosa, who is charged with helping the refugees, told Catholic News Service the funding situation was desperate, as the chances for many to restart a new life now further dimmed.

The priest said many Iraqi Christians probably would not be able to seek resettlement in Western countries in 2015 because these countries appeared to give priority to Syrians fleeing their nearly four-year conflict.

“I was shocked when I was told that neither the United States nor the European Union would take in Iraqi Christians from Mosul and Ninevah for resettlement,” said Father Noor, as he prefers to be called. “We had everything in Mosul and left with nothing,” the Iraqi priest said following recent talks with United Nations and foreign government officials in the Jordanian capital.

“We have Caritas funding lasting just until the end of February to help the 7000 Iraqi Christians in Jordan,” the priest said, his voice lowering with concern and strain visible on his face. “There is no hope among the people. They believe the world has abandoned them and are leaving them to die.”


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