Objectives of ICIN

The objectives of the charity ICIN is the relief of hardship and distress of Iraqi Christians of all denominations following the war of 2003. Recently other Middle Eastern Christians who took refuge in Iraq were included as well as some other minorities such as Yezidis

The charity operates under a Model Trust Deed (GD2) dated 30 April 2007 and the Charity Commissioner’s approval to register the charity name dated 31 May 2007.

Soon after 2003, extremist Muslim groups of various persuasions targeted Christian and other minorities. Priest and innocent individuals were abducted, robbed, tortured and/or or killed. Churches and other places of worship destroyed and some suffered collateral damage.

In 2006 the district of Dora in Baghdad was emptied by the threat: ‘convert to Islam, leave your homes or you will be killed’  The majority then left to Syria or the safer area of Kurdistan. Gradually Mosul became the centre of extremist Sunni groups and in 2014 one of them (ISIS) took full control of Mosul under the leadership of Abu Bakir al-Baghdadi. Christians were asked to leave Mosul. This was followed by attacks on the villages of the Nineveh Plain, who left their homes to Kurdistan. Over 12,000 individuals were left homeless and penniless.

ICIN addresses the needs of those who are still in Iraq as well as those who left to neighbouring countries with the intension of emigration to western countries.

Financial aid is generally provided through local church hierarchies and special programmes are designed to cover financial, medical and educational. Each programme has to receive reports showing how the money sent is spent (see projects)

In June 2014, the trustees decided to widen the scope of its objectives to include other Christians of the Middle East. The objectives of the charity are now “The relief of hardship, sickness and

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STRUCTURE AND GOVERNANCE OF ICIN

A chairman is elected annually and meets with trustees and Executive Council members once a month to discuss the affairs of the charity. Decisions are taken by a majority vote.

Trustees

Dr Faiz Tappouni (Chairman)

Dr Issam Rassam

Mr Ramiz Rassam

Miss Maysoon Juma

Dr Suha Rassam

Dr Ziyad Rassam

Mrs Amal Allos

Executive Council

All Trustees

Ms Mayada Gazala

Mr Basil Marogy

Ms Nada Tappuni

Mr Salem Haifi

Christianity in Iraq

Christianity became rooted in Iraq from the first Christian centuries. The Christian community of Iraq has been an important part of the fabric of Iraqi society at all times. They made substantial contributions to the emergence of the Abbasid civilization that flourished on Iraqi soil as well as the building of modern Iraq. They have always been proud of their country in which they lived from ancient times and to which they are attached by bonds of history http://premier-pharmacy.com/product-category/pain-relief/ that go back to the Assyrians and the Babylonians.

The recent attacks on the Christians of Iraq, their churches and their religious leaders and the resulting displacement are heartbreaking. It is estimated that more than half of the Christian population has fled the country and a lot more displaced within the country to safer areas. UNHCR have reported that 44% of asylum seekers reaching Syria since their register started in 2003 are Christians, despite the fact that Christians form only 4% of the Iraqi population.

While neighbouring countries have been generous in receiving the displaced people, resources are limited and many are reduced to dependence on relatives who live in more prosperous countries. Those who do not have any such help need immediate support and it is those people that ICIN intends to reach for. As Christians we continue to pray asking our Benevolent Creator to protect his creation in Iraq both Christian and Muslim, and while we pray for all world leaders that they may be enlightened to take the right decisions in steering our beloved country to safety, we feel we want to make some contribution towards the sufferings of those displaced people who do not have the privilege of somebody to protect them.

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