Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is a relief, development, and service organization supported by Mennonite and Brethren in Christ churches in the USA and Canada. MCC seeks to show human compassion and be a channel of God's compassion by working among people suffering from poverty, conflict, oppression and natural disaster. MCC strives for peace, justice and dignity of all people.
MCC's involvement in Iraq goes back to early 1991 when it provided immediate relief assistance to people affected by war. MCC continued to provide humanitarian assistance through regional partners such as the Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA), the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), and CARE.
In addition to our relief and development assistance, MCC has committed substantial effort to education and advocacy about Iraq and the human suffering caused by the international embargo. This work is carried out in our constituency of churches as well as in relationship to elected representatives in both the USA and Canada. MCC's offices at the United Nations, in Ottawa and in Washington DC play a very active role in its advocacy.
MCC Work in Iraq Today
While we maintain our advocacy efforts regarding the embargo, MCC's present advocacy work is also aimed at raising awareness about the potential disastrous effect on Iraqi citizens of a US-led military aggression, and at working to prevent such an attack. Our relief and humanitarian work continues, with a more immediate focus on contingency planning in the event of an emergency.
- Tomato Production Project (with ISRA
and the Ministry of Agriculture) - through 14 greenhouses around Iraq,
providing hybrid seeds to carefully selected farmers, thereby increasing
- School Rehabilitation Project (with
ISRA) - rehabilitating five schools in Qadisiyyeh governorate.
- Protein Supplement Project (with
ISRA) - providing needed protein foods to patients at the Rashad Psychiatric
Hospital and two homes for the elderly (first phase ended mid-2002).
- Canadian Foodgrains Bank Inputs (with ISRA) - providing lentils and chick peas to Iraqi institutions.
- Procurement (locally) of 3000 blankets
and 200 tents.
- Import of 30,000 blankets from North
- Import of school kits (28,000) and relief
buckets (16,000) from North America.
- Import of vital medicines for children: more than $90,000 worth of medicines are being brought into Iraq; the All Our Children $1 million joint appeal seeks to further this effort.
Country Representatives Iraq/Jordan:
Deborah Fast, Menno Wiebe tel (962-6)463-2095 firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Coordinator Iraq: Edward Miller email@example.com
MCC website: www.mcc.org
Baghdad Diaries by Edward Miller: http://www.mcc.org/areaserv/middleeast/iraq/diaries/index.html
MCC Advocacy Offices:
Washington: Daryl Byler tel (1-202) 544-6564
New York City: John Rempel tel (1-212) 223-4062
Ottawa: Bill Janzen tel (1-613) 238-7224
MCC Iraq partners:
Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA): Khalid
Sudanee (Amman), Adel Bakr Rahmatallah (Baghdad)
Amman tel (962-6) 568-3371, Baghdad tel (964-1) 718-8007
CARE: Margaret Hassan (Baghdad), Alia
Baghdad tel (964-1) 556-9786, Amman tel (962-6) 553-3702
Middle East Council of Churches (MECC):
Edmond Adam (Amman)
Amman tel (962-6) 464-9240
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MCC, 21 South 12th Street, PO Box 500
Akron, PA 17501 tel: +1 (717) 859-1151 or toll free (888) 563-4676
MCC Canada, 134 Plaza Drive, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 5K9 tel: +1 (204) 261-6381 or toll free (888) 622-6337