Bishop Leeds meets '˜forgotten' refugees

The Bishop of Leeds met 'forgotten' Iraqi and Syrian refugees forced to flee their homes to escape Isis on a trip to northern Iraq with the charity Christian Aid.

Tuesday, 29th March 2016, 7:15 am
Updated Saturday, 2nd April 2016, 4:47 am
The Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, has just returned from Iraq, where he met displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees in the north of the country, whove been forced to flee their homes to escape conflict.

Nick Baines said: “We met families who’d lost everything in a moment, and listened to their stories of unimaginable suffering – not only Yazidis, Christians and Shia Muslims, but also Sunni Muslims from Syria and Iraq, because ISIS are indiscriminate in their savagery. And we learned that only nine per cent of promised international humanitarian aid has actually been paid in.

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“There is a danger that this could become a forgotten emergency.”

The Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, has just returned from Iraq, where he met displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees in the north of the country, whove been forced to flee their homes to escape conflict. Pictures: Giles Fraser
The Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, has just returned from Iraq, where he met displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees in the north of the country, whove been forced to flee their homes to escape conflict. Pictures: Giles Fraser