Last year, ICRC directly helped more than 110,000 persecuted Assyrian Christians in the Middle East
Iraqi Christian Relief Council (ICRC) serves persecuted Assyrians Christians in Iraq (also known as Chaldeans and Syriacs) and the Middle East. We accomplish this through distribution of emergency humanitarian relief, such as food and shelter, prayer support and advocacy. We travel extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe to advocate on behalf of the indigenous people of Iraq, the Assyrians, and the persecuted church throughout the Middle East.
- To raise awareness of the ongoing human rights crisis afflicting millions of religious minorities, especially Christians, in Iraq and neighboring countries, and the needs of the Iraqi Christian community in exile.
- To awaken public opinion and the involvement of U.S. lawmakers to the need for American help in protecting Iraqi Christians, whose situation became dramatically worse in the wake of the U.S. intervention in 2003.
- To provide nutrition, hydration, shelter, and medicine to hundreds of thousands of forcibly displaced Christian Iraqis.
- To aid Iraqi Christians resettled in other countries to obtain education, work permits, and other essentials to allow them to keep their communities alive.
- To partner with leading human rights and religious freedom organizations in service of these purposes.
We educate the world on Christian religious and ethnic cleansing in Iraq and the Middle East. The extreme persecution of Christians was recently recognized as a genocide by the U.S. government. We are continually moved by the passion and perseverance of this 2,000-year-old Christian community who call themselves Assyrians, Chaldeans or Syriac, all different names for an ethnicity rooted in ancient Mesopotamia which came to accept Christianity in the first century.
Today our work consists of humanitarian efforts, advocacy, prayer support, and education. We travel extensively throughout the U.S. and the world advocating for Iraqi Christians and their basic human rights. Despite the cruel IS attacks that marked 2014, we have witnessed the Assyrian Christians of Iraq remain steadfast in their faith in the Lord. We are continually moved by the passion and perseverance of this ancient Christian community. Our work is funded through the generosity of individuals, churches, foundations, and businesses.
Why Help Assyrian Christians in Iraq and the Middle East?
Christians in Iraq are being forced to convert to Islam, pay a heavy tax, or die at the hands of ISIS.
Iraq has tragically lost nearly 80 percent of its Christian population, a 2,000-year-old community, since 2003.
Attacks on Churches
119 churches have been attacked or bombed in Iraq since 2004.
Assyrian Christians are fighting a legal, geographic, and political fight for their homeland and identity as Christians against the forces of persecution and assimilation.
War Crimes Against Assyrian Cultural Artifacts
ISIS bulldozed the 3,300-year-old Assyrian city of Nimrud, demolished parts of the 2,000-year-old UNESCO World Heritage City of Hatra, and razed the 1,400-year-old Monastery of St. Elijah.
How Iraqi Christian Relief Council Changes This Cycle
Awaken Public Opinion
Increase involvement of U.S. lawmakers in the need for American help in protecting Iraqi Christians, whose situation became drastically worse in the wake of the U.S. intervention in 2003.
Share information on the human rights crisis affecting religious minorities, especially Christians, in Iraq and neighboring countries.
Aid Resettled Christian Refugees
Aid resettled Iraqi and Middle Eastern Christians in obtaining education, work permits, and other essentials needed to keep their communities alive.
Partnering with leading human rights and religious freedom organizations to best serve the persecuted church.
Provide nutrition, hydration, shelter, and medicine to Christians in need.
Fight Christian eradication
ISIS and other extremist movements in Iraq are destroying an ancient Christian community with no end in sight. Due to persecution since 2003, Christians have left Iraq in large numbers–less than 500,000 remain today from as many as 1.5 million. Those who remained have faced continuous attacks such as 2010 Baghdad church massacre as well as the abductions and murder of church leaders such as Archbishop Mar Paulos Faraj Rahho in 2008.
Persecution has expanded, however, under the ISIS takeover of Christian lands in June 2014. A mass exodus from Mosul, an ancient Assyrian homeland, was initiated and now for the first time in 1,800 years a church mass has not been held in Mosul. The horrors inflicted on the Christian and fellow indigenous communities, such as Yazidis, have been monumental: more than 1,100 Christians have been murdered; Christians and Yazidi women and girls have been sold into the ISIS-sex slave trade; 125 destroyed Christian churches, schools, and monasteries destroyed; the abduction of nuns and religious leaders; mass murder, executions and beheadings, and crucifixions; all with the intent to eradicate Christianity and its 2,000 year history from Iraq.
Statement of faith
Our faith is Christianity. We believe the Bible to be the inspired written Word of God. We encourage prayer for the persecuted Christians, not only in the Middle East, but around the globe, because we have witnessed and experienced the power of prayer. We believe in the loving Trinity of three equally Divine Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We do not discriminate against any Christian denomination. We are all members of the one Body of Christ, regardless of our theological differences. We affirm that the Assyrians (also known as Chaldeans and Syriacs) are the indigenous people of Iraq and that they thereby have the rights of existence, self-administration, and self-defense in their ancestral homeland, the province of Nineveh. We believe that the State of Israel (Yisrael) has the right to exist and to thrive as a democracy in the Middle East.
We strongly denounce the atrocities that Islamist extremism is committing against humanity, especially against Christians. We believe that the essential solution for the Middle East and the whole world is Jesus. Our first obligation is to help and care for our own Christian brothers and sisters who are in the greatest need. We will continue to employ all resources at our disposal to help save the lives of Christians who are persecuted, in the most transparent, ethical, and sacrificial manner, reflecting Christ’s love for his Church.
Juliana Taimoorazy, founder
Juliana Taimoorazy is the founder and president of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council and a senior fellow of The Philos Project. She started the Iraqi Christian Relief Council to help foster awareness about the plight of the Iraqi Christians, and to raise funds to deliver food, shelter and medicine to Iraq. Her own unique story as a refugee has made her a strong leader and an unshakable voice for Christians in Iraq today.
As a young woman in 1989, Taimoorazy was smuggled into Switzerland due to religious persecution in her native Iran. After spending seven days in a monastery in Zurich, she was once again smuggled into Germany where she sought religious asylum. After spending one year in Germany, in December of 1990 she came to America as a refugee. In 2000, she obtained her Master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University. As a passionate leader who knows firsthand how education can rebuild lives in America, she has generously helped refugee women through education to rebuild their lives.
In 2006, Juliana made a commitment to be a greater voice and advocate for the persecuted church in Iraq and refugees who have resettled in the United States. She founded the Iraqi Christian Relief Council in 2007 which has helped thousands of displaced Christians throughout Iraq with food, shelter and medicine. Today, through her activism and media appearances on Fox News, Wall Street Journal Live, Newsmax, and several Christian radio programs, Taimoorazy has tirelessly promoted the cause of the Assyrian Christians throughout the world.
From her time as an Assyrian Christian living in Iran, Taimoorazy learned to be multi-lingual at a young age and is fluent in English, Italian, Farsi, and Assyrian. In 2016, Taimoorazy will be releasing a book sharing her personal experiences and dreams for her native home and people. Please stay tuned for further details!
Board of directors
Founder and President, Iraqi Christian Relief Council
Senior Fellow at The Philos Project
Vice-President, Iraqi Christian Relief Council
Treasurer, Iraqi Christian Relief Council
Rev. David Fischler
Dr. David Masters