ASIA/JORDAN - More than 7,000 Christian refugees from Iraq; Caritas Jordan: "in two months we will not have anymore resources to assist them"

Amman – There are now more than 7000 Iraqi Christians who have fled from Mosul and Nineveh Plain and have found refuge in Jordan and the resources available for their assistance will end within two months. The warning comes from Wael Suleiman, director of Caritas Jordan. "70 percent of Christian refugees - reports Suleiman to Agenzia Fides - is concentrated in the Amman area. A thousand of them are housed in 18 parishes, others have found accommodation in houses. They live dreaming of escaping to America, Australia and Europe, this situation mainly has affects on school age boys and girls: they spend days doing nothing, also because, for bureaucratic reasons, they have no access to Jordanian schools".
The future of Christian refugees from Iraq housed in the Hashemite Kingdom is uncertain. "As Caritas Jordan" Suleiman explains "we find ourselves in difficulty. We support the rents of Christian families, we distribute food and basic necessities, but within two months the funds allocated to these initiatives for assistance will end. We will have to tell these people to leave their homes and go to live on the street. So far we have been helped by Caritas Germany and the US".