Iraqi Christian refugees visit Jerash
JERASH – Jordan has welcomed many Christians who fled from Iraq in the wake of Daesh assaults. The Latin Patriarchate help them not only to survive, providing for their basic needs, but also to consider and rebuild their future, offering them new hope and perspectives. On April 2015, the 103 refugees hosted at Madaba Parish enjoyed a tour in the old city of Jerash.
A full day excursion was organized for the 103 Christian refugees, including transportation, meals, a guided tour and a visit to the ancient city of Jerash in Jordan: the site of the ruins of the Greco-Roman city of Gerasa, also referred to as Antioch on the Golden River.
Iraq families enjoyed the time together and shared a beautiful lunch at a local restaurant in Jerash. Fr. Manhal Habash, a Madaba priest, who emphasized the importance of such initiative to light up their lives and boost up morale, led the group.
This is part of the humanitarian and refugee initiatives of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, aiming to provide these residents with some leisure time, which after what they have gone through in Iraq and the uncertainty of their future; it comes in as a good time for them.
This initiative was made possible through the support of the Latin Patriarchate Humanitarian Funds and thanks to a generous Christian donor from the Holy Land.
The Latin Patriarchate was also a pioneer in starting in Our Lady of Peace Center a social program for offering three types of classes for the Iraq Christians: English, computer and sports. The objective is to expand this program to the other parishes hosting Iraq residents in the region in the immediate future.