Derry actress and producer, Roma Downey, and her husband, Mark Burnett, are raising $25 million (£15.53m) to help Christians displaced or affected by the ISIS terror group in Iraq, Syria and neighbouring countries before the winter arrives.
“The Cradle of Christianity Fund,” to which the couple have donated the first $1 million, will be distributed through an established network of traditional church communities, according to the Institute for Global Engagement, through which the Hollywood couple have launched the initiative.
“This initial gift will be used exclusively to rescue those in immediate need while simultaneously beginning a process of restoration and healing through the documentation of both the atrocities inflicted upon their communities, and the stories of hope and courage found amidst such unspeakable tragedy,” states the Fund’s page on the Institute’s website.
There are more than 800,000 displaced people in Northern Iraq alone, many of whom are living on the streets, in churches, or in abandoned buildings. The number is constantly growing.