10/15/2008 4:49:00 PM

Over the past few weeks, Assyrians and other Christians have been mercilessly targeted in the city of Mosul. Many have been killed and injured, while many thousands have been forced to flee their homes as refugees.

In an effort to help our people in Mosul, the Assyrian Church of the East Relief Organization (ACERO) is donating an initial $10,000 for humanitarian aid such as food, medical supplies and shelter, and is in consultation to donate more.

Already, some of those that have become refugees are seeking sanctuary in Assyrian churches and monasteries. Reverend Emanuel Beito Yokhana, project director of ACERO, is on the ground in the Nineveh area and is helping to co-ordinate relief.

We, in ACERO, are aware that more help is needed. This charity would not be able to continue providing this help to Assyrians in Iraq, Syria or Jordan without the support of members of the Assyrian Church of the East. Therefore, we are appealing to you, urgently, our fellow Assyrians, to continue making donations to ACERO. At this time, with, once more, our people in harm's way, these donations are even more vital.

For those who wish to make a donation, please make this through your local parishes marked to ACERO.

We pray to our Savior, Jesus Christ, to protect our people in this difficult time.

Yours sincerely

HG Mar Meelis Zaia, Chairman, ACERO