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Samara’s Aid Appeal

Banana boxes needed! We have been supporting the Samara’s Aid Appeal  to help refugees ----especially children, who are ill equipped to face the weather in Syria. We are now collecting blankets, duvets and towels (in good condition please!) and especially hospital cotton blankets, for the hot weather coming soon. Hand knitted or crocheted blankets for adults, new mothers and the elderly are also needed and so are banana boxes to pack them into. Please contact Jan Fisher on 01208-852182 both for more details and to arrange collection, though St Mabyn Church is unlocked during the day and contributions can be left there.

Hand knitted or crocheted adult/children’s clothes including hats, scarves, jumpers cardigans, shawls, socks(particularly for men/boys.) are also welcome.The next collection for Samara’s Aid Appeal is going to be sent via Brighton in June. Please contact Jan for more details or see the information at the back of the church.  Jan’s contacts are, Pentol, St Tudy and


Sawra Village: A home for Displaced Iraqi Children providing clothes, shelter and safety.
A former British military base has been turned into a new home for internally displaced Iraqi Christians. Tents that were once used by the British Army at Camp Bastian in Afghanistan will now provide winter shelter for approximately 500 Iraqi men, women and children,who were forced to flee their homes by Islamic State militants.

It is estimated that approximately 200,000 Iraqi Christians fled their homes last summer, escaping to the relative safety of north east Iraq. However, the vast majority have no proper shelter, regular food, or access to medical care. The new camp, which is near Semele in the Dohuk r egion of Iraq, has been named ‘Sawra Village’ (Sawra means ‘Hope’ in Arabic) and hopes to provide heated tents, showers, toilets, and a tent which will be used as a church.

However, while these people will be in relative safety and have accommodation, a harsh winter is approaching and the humanitarian needs are enormous.

Canon Andrew White ie ex Vicar of Bagdad said:
“There is a misconception that persecuted minorities who have fled Islamic State to the relative safety of north east Iraq are happy, that there is a glittering new life waiting for them there.
There isn’t. These people have nothing and so I am very pleased we have been able to repurpose the tents of Camp Bastian to turn them into Hope Village.”
If you would like to help support St Mabyn Church’s Winter Appeal on behalf of these homeless children and their Christian families in Northern Iraq please give your donation to Carole Grigg of Stone Farm—Church Warden
Tel 01208841276

All monies will be sent to be used directly Canon Andrew White as there are no Admin costs

Further Information

Iraqi Kurdistan borders the so-called Islamic State and many of the people we are helping there have been forced to flee, convert to Islam or face execution. Many arrive in Kurdistan with little more than the clothes on their backs having walked through the desert to find safety. When they arrive, our team on the ground is there to help them, providing much-needed food and medicine. This exodus is particularly traumatic for the children.
Many camps for IDPs (Internally displaced People) in Kurdistan are full. Conditions are getting worse because of the overcrowding. Once people arrive in the camps, there is no proper shelter for them, just clay huts without doors, or canvas tents. With winter approaching and very low temperatures likely, the crisis is set to get much worse. There have even been reports of children running around naked in the camps of Sulaymaniyah in east Kurdistan because they have no clothes.

There’s often a misconception, particularly in the West, that all IDPs and Many people think that all refugees are poor, illiterate and looking for hand-outs. However, many of the people I’ve encountered are highly-educated professionals. One day, they are working hard and running successful businesses, with their children doing well in school. Then next, they find themselves in a vast refugee camp hundreds of miles away, packed into tents and struggling to find food for their children.