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June 10, 2020

COVID-19 has created suffering across the world but has helped one group. The Islamic State militant group (ISIS) has used the virus to its advantage as it seeks to increase its hold in the Middle East.

Christians in the Middle East have faced decades of persecution.  Recently, ISIS has been their main persecutor, with its attempts to annihilate the Christian and Yazidis communities. ISIS moved rapidly a half-decade ago, taking town after town.  Gains have been made against ISIS in the last few years. However, COVID-19 has now forced security forces to turn their attention to battling the virus and imposing curfews, which has helped ISIS.

For example, recent reports show the terrorist group has used the COVID-19 pandemic to its advantage by tripling their attacks in the area of Kirkuk, Iraq.

Iraqi Christians are already in a difficult situation.  The recent increase of ISIS activity, combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, has increased this hardship.

Nineveh SEED (Sustainable Enterprise Economic Development) is an initiative designed to help Iraqi Christians whose homes and businesses were destroyed by ISIS get back on their feet.  Nineveh SEED revitalizes villages in the Nineveh Plain in northern Iraq by creating jobs.  It is funded by the American Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East and made possible by your generous donations.

American FRRME is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that promotes reconciliation, provides relief efforts, advances human rights, and seeks an end to sectarian violence in the Middle East.

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