Bombings in Iraq lead to security concerns for missionaries

By March 8, 2004

Iraq (MNN)–Bombings in Iraq last week result in security concerns for many missionaries as they try to help the people and share the Gospel.

At least 181 Shiite Iraqis and Iranians were killed on the holiest day of the Shiite calendar, March 2, in multiple explosions in Karbala and Bughdad. The bombings were particularly deadly as they targeted sacred Shiite shrines as thousands celebrated Ashura Day. Shiites form a majority of Iraq’s population while Sunnis held most of the positions of power under the former regime.

World Vision reports that their work continues in northern and western Iraq. Projects include rehabilitation schools and health clinics, providing medical equipment and supplies to hospitals, helping communities develop clean water systems, and providing relief supplies to Iraqis who have been displaced from their homes by the war and its effects.
As the work continues, security is a priority. Keeping a low profile, World Vision retains minimal staff in the communities in which it works. Instead the organization is hiring local Iraqi experts for much of their relief work.

Andrew Lanyon of World Vision in Amman, Jordan says their concern is to work with the people of Iraq to ensure basics such as access to clean water and appropriate medicines and getting children back to school. The safety of their staff and people there must be a priority if they continue to minister in that area.

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