Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Saturday 10 April |
Saint of the Day: St. Michael of the Saints

Take 3 Minutes and Spend Christmas as a Refugee in Iraq

Nabil Jelil Daud and his wife, Semira Ayup Miha, both from Qaraqosh, Iraq, pose in front of their trailer Dec. 16 at Ashti 2, a camp for internally displaced people in Irbil. "It is very difficult to be happy on this Christmas because we are outside our homes," Daud said. (CNS photo/Oscar Durand) See CHRISTMAS-IRAQ-DISPLACED Dec. 22, 2015.

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 12/23/15

CNS visited a refugee camp for displaced Iraqi Christians in Erbil, Iraq for a look at what this season is like in that corner of the world.

This video—which also spotlights some of the projects and programs funded by my agency, Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA)—gives a poignant glimpse. You can also read more here.

As we prayerfully recall the Holy Family during this season of grace, remember the homeless families of the Middle East, seeking sanctuary and security and hope. (Want to support families like this? Visitthis link).

Photo: CNS / Oscar Durand

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Archbishop Georg Gänswein
I.Media for Aleteia
Gänswein: Benedict XVI expected to live only a few months after r...
Cerith Gardiner
11 Interesting facts about the late Prince Philip
Philip Kosloski
Why you can eat meat on Easter Friday
Francisco Veneto
Priest brother of pilot whose plane broke in two says “St. ...
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful 1-minute film about...
Philip Kosloski
4 Fun facts about Easter Week
John Burger
Benedictine nuns in Missouri seem to be targeted by shootings
See More