Through second collections done at all our parishes within the diocese, we have collected an incredible $130,000 towards the victims involved in the Baghdeda wedding fire. As promised, $20,000 has already been sent to address urgent needs. Of this, $5,000 went to a hospital in Duhok for vital medication, $5,000 to provide food for the families of the victims, and $10,000 for essential medical equipment. We have also been in contact with Priests in Baghdeda, who have informed us that they are not in immediate need of assistance.
However, the impact of the fire is far-reaching. Many families have lost their breadwinners, and they may require financial support in the future. Additionally, the traumatic events have taken a toll on the mental well-being of the community, and psychological care will be essential.
Rest assured, every dollar collected will be directed towards meeting the evolving needs arising from the Baghdeda fire. We are committed to standing by our brothers and sisters during this challenging time. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.