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About This Project

In Iraq, the church is in danger of disappearing. Over the past decade it has shrunk from nearly 1.5 million to as small as 200,000, and many of them have been forced from their homes.

The jihadist group ISIS has taken control of large portions of Iraq, including the traditional homelands of Iraq's Christian communities. They have openly committed tremendous atrocities, including: mass executions, destruction of churches, and raping and enslaving thousands of women from the Christian and Yazidi communities.

Since June 2014, the number of those displaced from their homes has climbed to nearly 3 million. These people fled first in the midst of Iraq's sweltering summer and then, with many still living on the floor of construction sites, in shopping malls, or schools, they faced a harsh winter, and now the temperatures are beginning to rise again. 

The small churches in the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq are doing incredible work to care for those in need. As Christians they are striving to meet not just the physical needs, but spiritual needs as well. ICC has been there with them on the ground and is helping them to continue providing food and other assistance for their brothers and sisters and others in need. This includes:

  • Food packages
  • Air coolers and fans for summer
  • Water
  • Spiritual Outreach and Discipleship

While the international community is attempting to provide for the needs, the response is far from sufficient. There remain huge needs for adequate shelter. As summer arrives providing for fans and air coolers to enable people to deal with the temperatures that regularly approach 130 degrees is an urgent need. 

ICC's partners on the ground are working to meet these needs. A current project ICC is working on is targeting 400 families - over 2,000 people - to ensure that they receive supplies to survive the summer. 

Will you join with us as we assist the Iraqi church in this crisis and show God's love to thousands in need?

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 Project Update

ISIS capture of Mosul in June 2014 was its moment to caputre the country's second largest city and overnight nearly 500,000 fled. Over the next few weeks they expanded their control over the Ninevah Plain, home to Christian communities for nearly 2,000 years - and for Assyrian and Syriacs for even longer. The number of those internally displaced people (IDPs) has climbed to nearly 3 million. 


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To use the resources we have most effectively and efficently, ICC has been intentional about identifying communities who have been overlooked and helping to ensure they get items that they need. We're also working with both local churches and NGO partners to have not just an immediate, but also a long-lasting impact.

Here are just a few highlights of what ICC has been doing to make a difference for thousands of these IDPs over the past few months. 

Through the fall and winter, ICC helped to provide hundreds of IDP's with jackets and boots to help deal with the cold and wet weather. 


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 We've also worked to meet the basic needs of food and water, providing thousands of food packages and for one isolated community, facilitated a water truck delivering thousands of gallons of water for them to be able to cook and clean.


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To see more of our aid to Christians in Iraq check out the January 2015 edition of Persecution Magazine: 2015 05 28 persecution mag resized 600 


(TD 5/28/15)


ICC sent a team to Iraq in August to assess the situation, distribute aid, and encourage the Christians in Iraq who are attempting to deal with this crisis. Incredible work is being done by local churches, many who are displaced themselves, delivering food, water, and so much more to people in need.

Following their return ICC's Advocacy Director recorded a three-part Q/A session answering dozens of questions asked by ICC supporters on social media. Here is part 1, recorded on August 28, 2014.


 Prayer Needs: 

  • Pray for protection for these communities and for those who are still in areas where ISIS is operating. 

  • Pray for resources as families try to find housing and continue to put food on the table. Prices for basic necesities and food staples have risen. Gas for vehicles has become expensive and the lines to get fuel are very long. Rent has more than doubled in the past three months.

  • Pray for leaders as they cope with major logistical issues of housing and caring for hundreds of thousands of people. Many have lost everything, including ID cards and important documents that are needed for getting government aid. 

  • Pray for energy, endurance, and protection for those working to distribute aid and meet the needs of so many hurting and displaced people. The situation can seem overwhelming at times. Pray that the churches would see this as a time to show the love of Christ in new ways


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You can also donate over the phone or by mail. Just specify that your gift is for "Iraqi Crisis Response" 


To give by phone please call 1-800-ICC-5441


To give by mail, please send your check to:
International Christian Concern
P.O. Box 8056
Silver Spring, MD 20907

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