December 16, 2014

Christmas in an Iraqi refugee camp

It's a level-three emergency -  the UN's highest classification of a humanitarian crisis.  Over three million Christians have been "displaced", two million of them Iraqis.  When ISIS came, they fled their homes without any possessions, even winter clothes, and most of them to Kurdistan. 

The autonomous region in Northern Iraq is being pushed to breaking point by sheer number of new settlers
Families are safe, for now, from any immediate danger but dropping temperatures pose another serious threat.

They take refuge in their faith and in the preparations for Christmas.

 Christmas-2014-Iraqi Refugees

Christmas in an Iraqi refugee camp: Moving pictures show nativity scene set up by some of the thousands of Christians fleeing ISIS

 Christmas Refugees Praying

Posted by Jill Fallon at December 16, 2014 9:39 AM | Permalink