Archbishop Eamon Martin is currently in Iraq meeting families who are suffering displacement as a result of conflict in the region.

Speaking from northern Iraq, the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland said, “Conflict in Iraq and the wider Middle East has seen millions of people lose their homes and livelihoods.  They are forced to flee and take refuge where they can find it.  It is humbling to spend time with these families, and heartening to learn how the generosity of people in Ireland is helping them to survive.

“The work Trócaire does here in Iraq, as well as around the world, eases people’s suffering and allows them to dream of brighter days ahead. It is incredibly powerful to see this work in action.  Trócaire’s Christmas Appeal focuses on bringing aid and relief to people trapped in conflict around the world.  Whether that is in Iraq, Yemen, South Sudan or elsewhere, these people need and deserve our love and compassion.

“I would encourage people in Ireland to support Trócaire’s Christmas Appeal.  Even small donations can make a big difference to people whose lives have been shattered by conflict.”

Please see the following short interview with Archbishop Eamon Martin speaking from the decimated town of Batnaya on the Nineveh Plains of northern Iraq: https://youtu.be/r0W8Dk0JLEU

Trócaire’s Christmas 2018 Appeal can be supported on: http://www.trocaire.org/christmas