To highlight the latest situation in Iraq, where Christians and other religious minorities have been forced by the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) to flee their homes, Vatican Radio spoke with Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Kris Ozar, who is on the ground in Iraq leading CRS’ response to the emergency, along with our partner Caritas Iraq. From Vatican Radio:
(Vatican Radio, August 14, 2014) Clashes between Iraqi troops and Sunni militants west of Baghdad on Thursday killed at least four children. It happened as the United Nations announced its highest level of emergency for Iraq’s humanitarian crisis in the wake of the onslaught by the extremist Islamic State group. Since their blitz offensive in June, the al-Qaida-breakaway group has overrun much of Iraq’s north and west and driven out hundreds of thousands from their homes….
Catholic Relief Services is a member of the Caritas Internationalis Network aiding those who have been forced to flee.
Kris Ozar is CRS’s Iraqi Emergency Response Coordinator. He spoke to us from Dohuk in Northern Iraq about their relief efforts.
“It’s quite horrific, Catholic Relief Services through our partners Caritas Iraq, in a local church are responding immediately to provide essential food and non food items to all internally displaced Iraqis that are in the Kurdish region, the Northern region of Iraq. Many of them are taking refuge in collective centres which are churches, schools, parking lots.”