Help Feed Iraqi Refugees in Lebanon
Every day more refugees continue to arrive in Lebanon where they are confronted with immense difficulties in simply living and surviving.
Lebanon faces huge challenges right now. This small country of just 4.5 million people has has been overwhelmed administering to more than 1.1 million Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Actually that statistic includes only those refugees officially registered by the international agencies. The real figure is almost certainly much higher.
Every day more refugees from war-torn Syria and Iraq continue to arrive in Lebanon; their dreams of a better life here are rapidly devastated. For while they have at least saved their lives, they soon find themselves confronted with immense difficulties in simply living and surviving. Astronomical rents are demanded, even for the smallest and most miserable of living accommodations; meanwhile there is no work, and medical treatment is expensive and virtually unaffordable for most refugees. If people try to move elsewhere within Lebanon, they can be arrested and imprisoned as illegal immigrants. Many of them had false expectations of what was awaiting them abroad.
In the capital Beirut, the Chaldean Catholic eparchy, which is led by Bishop Michel Kassarji, is striving to care for Iraqi families, most of whom fled here from Mosul and the Plain of Niniveh from the advancing ISIS fighters. The eparchy provides people with the basic necessities, helps them look for work, and ministers to them pastorally. Children can prepare for their First Holy Communion and there are other catechetical classes for children and young people, plus pastoral and social services for women.
Last year ACN gave $33,900 towards the cost of this pastoral and humanitarian support for the Iraqi refugees. This included helping to supply catechetical material, including audiovisual equipment and materials. At the same time Bishop Kassarji has asked us to help his community with additional aid for food and other necessities. We have promised him $11,300.
Will you now give to help feed Iraqi refugees in Lebanon?
Bishop Kassarji has thanked ACN for all the help he has already received, and in advance for the help he will continue to receive. "We pray to Christ our Lord, the Good Samaritan, to pour out His graces on you in rich measure and bless you, and to reward you, and all those who have contributed to this wonderful work of charity, a hundredfold for the good you have done."
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