High-level meeting to channel more help to suffering Christians in the Nineveh Plains

NYC-Montreal, February 27 – Representatives of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) and the Knights of Columbus (KofC), were received on Monday by Mr. Mourad Wahba the Assistant Secretary General, at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to brief the UN on the situation of Christians and minority populations in the Nineveh Plains.

ACN and KofC drew attention to the ongoing challenges for Christians seeking to return to their homes, highlighted the urgency for a coordinated response to preserve these minority communities, and offered their expertise on the ground. These Catholic charities are the single largest contributors to the preservation of the remaining 95,000 Christian internally displaced in northern Iraq with over $50 million USD since the 2014 ISIS – Islamic state – invasion.

During the meeting in New York, at the UN, on Monday­. 




Mr. Mourad Wahba, who reports directly to the UN Secretary General, outlined the anticipated expansion of UNDP programmes in the Nineveh Plains, stating: “We recognize the need for greater cooperation for the stabilization of the Nineveh Plains, and the need to support religious diversity as a bulwark against the return of ISIS”. Mr. Wahba highlighted the importance of Christians and other minorities and welcomed more cooperation in Iraq between public and private sectors.

Secretary General of ACN, Mr. Philipp Ozores, stated: “We welcome the increase of urgently needed institutional involvement to end the ordeal of the Christians of Nineveh. Too long this help has been resting on private donors alone”.

Between 2014 and 2018, ACN gave $38 million US dollars in emergency aid for the needs of the Christian internally displaced in the Nineveh Plains. Today, with the desire of these populations to return home, ACN will provide an additional $5 million US dollars to renovate 2,000 houses more of the approximately 13,000 damaged or destroyed homes in an effort to resettle these ancient Christian populations.

From left to the right: Philipp Ozores ( Secretary general of ACN International),
Mr. Mourad Wahba (Assistant Secretary General at the United Nations Development Programme- UNDP), Mark von Riedemann (ACN’s Public Affairs representative and Managing Director of CRTN),
Father Andrzej Halemba (Aid to the Church in Need Middle East projects’ coordinator)


Get more information on ACN’s work in Iraq:

To make a donation for the reconstruction in Iraq
via the Canadian office of Aid to the Church in Need,
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OR call: 1-800-585-6333.

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