A brave man in Iraq needs your help

11 June 2014

4:57 PM

11 June 2014

4:57 PM

Canon Andrew White is one of the bravest men you could ever meet. He is the Anglican vicar of St George’s Church in Baghdad and has continued his service in that country throughout its recent horrors. He has lost hundreds of members of his congregation but he has remained an extraordinary, humbling and hope-giving presence throughout recent years.

But now, with ISIS having taken over Mosul and surrounding areas in recent hours, he says that things are worse than at any point in the last decade. This, Nineveh, is the heartland of Iraqi Christianity. In this heart-breaking call for help, Canon White writes:

‘Iraq is now in its worst crisis since the 2003 war. ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Group), a group that does not even see Al Qaida as extreme enough, has moved into Mosul, which is Nineveh. It has totally taken control, destroyed all government departments. Allowed all prisoners out of the prisons. Killed countless numbers of people. There are bodies over the streets. The army and police have fled, so many of the military resources have been captured. Tankers, armed vehicles and even helicopters are now in the hands of ISIS.

The area is the heartland of the Christian community. Most of our people come from Nineveh and still see that as their home. It is there that they return to regularly. Many Christian’s fled from back to Nineveh from Baghdad, as things got so bad there. Now the Christian centre of Iraq has been totally ransacked. The tanks are moving into the Christian villages destroying them and causing total carnage. The ISIS militants are now moving towards Kirkuk, major areas to the Oil fields that provide the lifeblood of Iraq. We are faced with total war that all the Iraqi military have now retreated from.’

Canon White is asking for help. If anybody can help I hope they will do so by clicking here.

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  • shiva

    The more he proclaimed his honesty the more the urge to count the spoons.
    لیزینگ خودروخرید و فروش خودرونمایندگی ایران خودروپارتیشن

  • shiva

    I would have added, pre-privatisation British companies designed and
    built the generation, transmission and distribution systems using
    British technology and capital.
    پارتیشن اداریدرب اتوماتیککرکره برقی

  • wchancellor

    “…ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Group), a group that does not even see Al Qaida as extreme enough…”

    The Canon’s plea is heartfelt and undoubtedly reflects the prevailing reports and, to no small extent, the actual horrors, which are unfolding while Obama tries to posture the emptiest words of the moral void known as his presidency. Nonetheless, I believe the Canon’s words misrepresent the political realities we are watching.

    For starters, how far is it from the Iraqi border to the West Bank of Israelo-Palestine? Not far is a good answer. So, why is Israel so sanguine about the events that are upending the Canon’s world? Look at page one of Haaretz at this hour; Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride festival takes higher priority than Iraq.

    There is reason to believe that ISIS is a Syrian-Iraqi Ba’athist movement hiding under the Media mask of al Qaeda. If so, its impressive strides, SUV-riding cavalries, and organisational skills suggest it has backing from powers that hold bank accounts on or off established shores.

    • wchancellor

      The Atlantic’s Wire editorial standards are not the only respected, Left-leaning journal to use the word “militants” instead of “terrorists,” so we should be asking why, yes?

  • andy_gill

    Perhaps some of those Christian outfits that spend all their time whining about Israel could spare a few moments to help. A little march maybe? (Could swing by the Israeli embassy for a bit of abuse and make a day of it.) Or perhaps build a mock Iraqi street full of dead bodies in a London churchyard?

  • Damaris Tighe

    Thank you Douglas for drawing our attention to this. I clicked on the link & set up a donation – sure many other readers will do the same.

    • dougmann

      Damaris, could not find the link you mentioned from “Douglas”. You think it has been removed. I would love to help.

      • Damaris Tighe

        Click on the very last word of the article – ‘here’.

      • Damaris Tighe

        if still problems google Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East.

  • IainRMuir

    “A brave man in Iraq needs your help”

    I thought we’d “helped” already. Another success story.

  • Bonkim

    Minority religions suffer under bigoted Islam – and Iraq is a war-zone. How can the West help short of evacuating all the affected people – perhaps set up a safe zone for the refugees at a convenient location until the local politics are sorted out. Regrettably such situations will keep on increasing. The earth is overpopulated and resources running out. tribalism of one sort or the other are/will be battling it out for supremacy or survival. mankind’s tenure on earth – a century or two if not decades at most. If a Christian look up Book of Revelations.

    • RobertC

      “perhaps set up a safe zone for the refugees at a convenient location”

      Preferably somewhere north of Sutton Coalfield as we are full up down South.

      • Bonkim

        There is plenty of empty space in the deserts of Arabia. Sutton Coalfield is cold and not Kosher, full of Kafirs.

  • global city

    Not a mention of this side of the story on the BBC. Hundreds of British Muslims being ‘radicalised’ over there, but nothing about targeting Christians. No doubt the nuleft will take comfort in their knowledge that the UK is a ‘post-christian’ region, so no victims to be had here then.

  • Shazza

    Congratulations on the cover of the new Spectator – tells it like it is.

    Baroness Warsi has already got her knickers in a knot; cue cries of ‘racist, islamophobe’ etc.

    Again, thank you Douglas, you and Andrew Gilligan have got bigger cojones than the rest of the MSM put together.

    • Newcombe

      Second that.

  • ant

    ‘Christian’s’ ffs…

    • Mr Grumpy

      The man runs a church in Baghdad ffs.

  • zanzamander

    Nineveh has no connection with the Anglican church and that is not the way Anglicans pray. The way Canon Andrew White is gesturing, he seems to be indulging in an Islamic prayer rather than an Anglican one – unless he is trying to convey to local Muslims that his brand of Christianity is very similar to Islam.

    A brave man nonetheless.

    • Peter Stroud

      Not so, many parts of the Eucharist the priest holds his hands in such a way, unless the Anglicanism is of the North Enders kind

    • Ron Todd

      Does it matter a damn which way they hold their hands?

    • Kennybhoy

      Fracking clown!

    • Damaris Tighe

      Oh please, does it matter?

    • Uncle Brian

      It’s called the “orans posture” (or “position”)

    • dougmann

      The New Testament 1 Timothy 2:8 “Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray,lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.
      Christians prayed this way long before Mohammed was ever born.
      I believe Islam just copying Christian posture

  • Sentinel

    Paging Mr Tony Blair

    • ButcombeMan

      Wrong word.

      Hanging more like.