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Robert Lalonde, AED Canada
Montreal, Tuesday, August 12 2014 – A delegation from Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) will leave shortly to Erbil, in the north of Iraq, as a sign of solidarity with the numerous Christians who fled the most recent attacks in Qaraqosh – the Christian capital of Iraq – and in the Nineveh plain.
This delegation formed by the International Executive President, Johannes von Heeremann, the Director of Projects, Regina Lynch and the Assistant Director of Communications, Maria Lozano, will be there as the Prefect for the Congregation for the Evangelization of the People, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, named on August 8 by the Holy Father will visit Iraq as a gesture of solidarity towards Iraqi Christians.
As the Church is extremely busy managing the daily needs of the population, it is difficult to give detailed information to ACN, this trip will be the occasion to witness the actual situation of Iraqi Christians and to see how the money already sent was used. Once we have this information, we will be able to decide on new projects which will, can then be rapidly put in place to relieve the populations in distress. All benefactors and people of good will be able to generously contribute to these new projects having at hand all the proper information by phone at 514 932 0552, extension 226 or by following this link. It is also possible to visit our blog to follow closely the situation.
During that time, on Thursday, the National Director of ACN in Canada, Marie-Claude Lalonde, will attend a press conference at the Diocesan office in Quebec City, 1073 René-Lévesque Blvd. West at 1:30 pm. “We are facing a humanitarian crisis which risks being a long one. It is of the utmost importance that we take all the necessary means not only to support but also to accompany our brothers and sisters who are going through terrible times. They must not feel abandoned by us.”
The Director also announces that a special campaign for Iraq will be launched in September. “We have just prepared an information brochure which will be sent out on September 1st to all our benefactors and we will be very active in the coming days on social networks and on our blog with exclusive information from our international delegation that will be present in Iraq. I wish to emphasize that we are getting prepared for a long term humanitarian crisis”, concluded Marie-Claude Lalonde.
To this day, ACN has already sent $300,000 to Iraq making this organization one of the biggest donors helping during this humanitarian crisis.