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Sr. Rose Mary Sullivan

Sister Arlene Flattery OP is my counterpart for the SSND Community. In December, Arlene was part of a small group of Dominicans who went to visit the Iraqi Dominicans (Sisters, Brothers, Priests) who are ministering among the dislocated Christians in Northern Iraq. She recounted her experience in a moving presentation in Wilton. The state of the refugees within Iraq and in the surrounding countries is absolutely calamitous. Basic needs of food and shelter are largely absent as refugees are forced to constantly relocate. Iraq and its surrounding neighbors cannot address this humanitarian disaster. Arlene and the Dominicans from the United States are inviting us to join with them in these ways:

Email / call the President and members of Congress:

White House Comment Line: 202-456-1111

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm click to find your senator’s email and phone

http://www.house.gov/representatives/ click to find your representative’s email and phone

Ask them to:

  1. Pressure the Central Government of Iraq and the Government of Kurdistan to provide security and infrastructure for internally displaced Iraqis.
  1. Within the US Budget, increase Assistance to INGOs. (International non-governmental organizations) Currently they are doing most of the work in addressing the needs of Refugees in the area.
  1. Expedite resettlement and increase quotas for Iraqis awaiting migration to the US.
  1. Take the leadership in vigorously implementing the United Nations Security Council Resolution of February 12, 2015 to disrupt financial support of ISIL and all its member groups.

To do all or any of the above would put you in solidarity not only with the Dominican Community in the USA but also with the refugees for whom they are advocating.

 

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