‘Make sure the people with the greatest need get help’

October 18, 2016

Chaldean Catholic Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo, Syria, is pictured in Aleppo in a 2008 file photo. (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey) (March 22, 2013) See SYRIA-AUDO March 22, 2013.

PERSONAL VISIT: Monsignor Antoine Audo, Roman Catholic Bishop of Aleppo, visited the headquarters of Citizen Go thanking subscribers for helping his parishioners. Picture by Paul Jeffery.

Vanguard Street

SOUP RUN: Here is where the homeless in Poole are fed hot food and drinks three to four times a week. They are always need volunteers, so if anyone can – particularly younger people – contact them through their website.

Yazidi Men

UNDER THREAT: These two Yazidi men are part of a people who have been specifically singled out by Daesh for genocide.


FUND RAISING: Anyone can give at the end of the video in this article are funding via Citizen Go the homes of Syrian Christians in Aleppo after being forced to flee from their homes from Daesh.


Polish flag


HEART FELT: Polish members of Citizen Go have raised 156,000 PLN for Christian refugees.


REFUGEE minorities in the Middle East and the genuine homeless in Dorset seem to have been bypassed in the name of political correctness.

Why do I mention the homeless in Dorset? I don’t claim to be paragon of virtue but am trying to help the work of Routes to Roots as and when I can.

Although there are enough volunteers to help out with the Wednesday soup runs now, the average age of the volunteer is high and it would be beneficial for them to see younger people get involved so that it shows that all sections of society show they care. In saying this, I know I am sure they are many who do but this is a chance to follow-up any intention with real concrete action.

Despite the fact that the organisation is church-run, there are many volunteers who come along side to help out who are not religious.

The very people the concept of ‘equality and diversity’ was meant to help are the most vulnerable and needy seem to have been forgotten, but here the Christians and Yazidis of Iraq and Syria, who have endured genocide have revealed in a video their thanks to the organisation CitizenGo for raising money to build new homes in Aleppo.

Whilst here, it was revealed that a Syrian Christian on RT News was facing deportation from the UK by the Home Office, whilst in contrast Poland has done much more to give help – perhaps the Polish people have more understanding than most given they have suffered much during their recent history.

Twenty-five year old Orthodox Syriac deacon Sarmad Ozan was told by the Home Office he could not have asylum despite there being an acknowledgement of widespread persecution, but not genocide.

He said: “I’m still appealing because it is impossible to go back to a place where there is nothing. It’s like someone going back to die. That means if they want to send me back, the want to kill me.”

Readers of this post might also want to know that it has been widely reported that groups of male Muslim refugees have openly refused food and water from non-government agencies and insisted on money and housing being provided with a sense of entitlement.

Lesciek Oscieczko, office manager of Open Doors Poland shared that Citizen Go members of his had donated 155,618 PLN (zloty) from all over the country.

He said: “From our side I would like to thank very much to all donors via Citizen Go supported persecuted Christians, with your generous gift. We calculated that 750 families can use this in the period of one month.”

Raban Moussif, a monk from Mar Mattai in Iraq, expressed thanks to those in Poland and elsewhere in Europe for their generosity.

“We thank everyone who gave any donation to support the ministry, the churches and the Christians of Iraq.”

Monsignor Antoine Audo, Roman Catholic Bishop of Aleppo and president of the Syria branch of Caritas paid a personal visit the headquarters of Citizen Go.

“We decided to work together to help implement some projects in Aleppo and Manullah where we have enough help for displaced Christians whose houses were destroyed. I hope this visit – after others – will continue to help us work together.”

Wissam Zuhair, a pharmacist said: “Thank you to Citizen Go and your organisation for the help you have given and believe me the most important thing you can do is to change people’s lives for the better. Thank you for doing it correctly and giving the help that these people need.”

In another video I found Yazidi refugees based in the United States say that their refugee status could be permanent if Daesh are not removed from Iraq and Syria. Although it was published a year ago, what was said then is still relevant now.

Yazda, is a global charity highlighting the war crimes being inflicted on the people by Daesh but is also helping to fund projects to rebuild farms and small businesses destroyed by the upheavals they have endured and to provide psycho-social support.

Yazidis are Kurdish-speaking Iraqi nationals but some in the Islamic faith consider them “infidels” because their religion borrows from many traditions. Daesh has specifically targeted the Yazidi people for genocide.

Activist Hadi Pir says: “Syrian refugees are a temporary problem but I believe the Yazidi refugee problem could be a permanent one. ISIS actually are actually in Kurdish territory where all the Yazidis are concentrated.”

  • IF anyone like to help the Christian or Yazidi refugees, donate to the link at the end of the Citizen Go video or donate to the Yazda charity here. Another charity that helps Christian refugees is the Barnabas Fund.

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