Since the Iraq war of 2003 and the collapse of the Iraqi State, certain extremist elements have targeted the Christian Community. Killings and intimidation have driven them out of their homes and a large number have ended up as refugees in neighbouring countries or displaced within Iraq.
ICIN was formed to help such needy Iraqi Christians (of all denominations, Catholics, Orthodox and others....) and to raise awareness of their plight in western countries.
ICIN is committed to aiding Iraqi Christians who have lost their homes and livelihoods as a result of persecution. Its aim is to relief of financial hardship, sickness and distress amongst Iraqi Christians living in Iraq or who have formerly lived in Iraq. Aid is to be provided to cover their needs which could be financial, emotional, medical or educational.
To achieve its target, ICIN is structured as a Trust, with an Executive Council (EC) running the day-to-day business and conducting monthly meetings.
The Charity has so far managed to run without incurring any administrative or travel costs with all money raised through social events, donations and church appeals going undiminished to aid programmes.
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 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.
It is the suffering of those vulnerable displaced people that our charity tries to address by giving financial help through our churches.