Give Christians the Opportunity to go back home

ISIS commited Genocide in Iraq*

*As recognised by the European Parliament and the US Department of State

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The Apostle Thomas evangelised Iraq – which was then Mesopotamia – in the first century

Iraqi Christians speak Aramaic, the language spoken by Christ

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Before 2003 there were 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Now there are around 300,000 Christians left

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Iraq: “We are talking about genocide here”

 

Father Andrzej Halemba heads ACN’s Middle East Section. In 2014, shortly after the Islamic State’s invasion of Mosul and the Nineveh Plains, he visited the displaced Christians of Iraq: “It is the most tragic thing that I have ever experienced.”

 

By Oliver Maksan

 

ACN: Father Halemba, you were recently in Iraq. Do the Christians there still have hope?

 

It is a very difficult situation. Without question, we are talking about genocide here. Genocide is not only when the people are killed, but also when the soul of a people is destroyed. And that is what is happening in Iraq now. It is the most tragic thing that I have ever experienced. I have seen people who have been deeply wounded in their soul. In the various crises in this world I have often seen people who have lost everything. But in Iraq there are Christians who have had to leave everything and take flight three or four times. They can see no light at the end of the tunnel. They are all very traumatised. Normally in such situations it is the women who pull everything together. But in Kurdistan I have seen women who have looked into nothingness and have closed up on themselves. The tears in their eyes are dry. It is something that I have never seen anywhere else. The men, by contrast, tend to aggressiveness. This has to do with the fact that they are no longer able to fulfil their previous role as the breadwinner and protector of their family. Now they have to beg for everything and they have no perspective.

 

ACN: Do you have the impression that the Christians wish to leave Iraq?

 

When one has lost all hope, one wishes to leave one’s homeland. The majority do not wish to return to their homes. This is a bad sign for the future of Christianity in Iraq. The Christians feel that in Iraq they have been betrayed and abandoned, and they want to get out. The Kurdish fighters who were supposed to defend the Christian areas against ISIS assured the Christians that they were safe. And suddenly ISIS overran the Christian towns and villages. Often they could not even take a change of clothes with them. That is a bitter feeling, to have nobody on whom one can depend. It reminds many Christians of the massacres in the Ottoman era, 100 years ago, when hundreds of thousands of Christians were slaughtered.

 

ACN: According to the Church, more than 120,000 Christians are now in flight. Do you have the impression that they are receiving the aid that they need?

 

The Christians are not being helped, either by the central Iraqi government or by the Kurdish regional government. So they feel like second-class citizens. This is not the least reason why they are so angry. The Christians are mainly left to their own devices. Naturally there is aid from outside. But the Christians can only come by it through their own efforts. We have true heroes of neighbourly love in Iraq. Bishops, priests and members of religious orders, but also lay people, have done exemplary work on behalf of their fellow people, and are still doing so.

 

ACN: What is the greatest humanitarian challenge at the present time?

 

The coming winter, of course. It can get very cold in Kurdistan, and it can snow. The rains are already starting to come. With the aid of ACN, we are trying to re-house the people from tents into accommodation containers. But in my opinion the greatest challenge is the mentality of the people. Are they already determined to turn their backs on Iraq and the Middle East for ever? This is where we must take action and give the people hope.

 

ACN: How?

 

Above all, the people must once again believe in the future of their ancient and beautiful country. So the international community must work towards ensuring that the government in Baghdad is strengthened and incorporates all the religious and ethnic groups in the country. Only in this way can ISIS be ultimately defeated.

 

ACN: How does ACN intend to continue to support the Christians of Iraq?

 

We have made some four million euros available to help the people and give new hope. The accommodation situation, in particular, must be improved. It is often the case that more than twenty people are having to live together in one room in the emergency accommodation. This is unacceptable in the long run. So we are paying the rents on decent apartments in Erbil, and also in Dohuk and Zakho, so that the people can again have a few square metres for themselves. In addition, we must improve the situation of the children. The children should be in schools, not on the streets. We are helping to furnish eight schools for 900 children each. This also gives encouragement to the people, because it means that at least the children can have a kind of normal life. When they are going to school, they are no longer thinking about ISIS all the time. The children are our particular concern. Christmas is coming, and we want to give them a Christmas present. We will provide gifts for 15,000 children. Each package will cost about 25 dollars. Many volunteers will assist in their distribution. And every package will contain a card, calling upon the children to pray for the benefactors throughout the world. This will give them the feeling that they have not been abandoned.

ISIS have deliberately destroyed several religious and cultural sites, as well as the villages and homes of thousands of Christian families

Nineveh Plains, Iraq’s ancient Christian heartland, have been desolate since ISIS occupied them in 2014, causing hundreds of thousands of Christians living there to flee.

Living for two years under the occupation of the Islamic State

Living for two years under the occupation of the Islamic State

 

By Jaco Klamer for Aid to the Church in Need

 

At the end of 2016, Ismail fled the Iraqi city of Mosul with his mother Jandark Behnam Mansour Nassi (55), after they had to survive under the terror of IS for over two years. Ismail and Jandark now live in Erbil, in the Iraqi Kurdish Autonomous Region. They tell us their story and look back at the time spent under Islamic State.

 

“My mother and I were at home in Bartella, one of the Christian villages in the Nineveh Plane” says Ismail. “When we woke up one August morning, the city had been taken by IS. We tried to get away, but we were robbed by the Jihadists, captured and taken to Mosul.”

 

“I was very afraid,” says his mother Jandark, a widow. “Our names were written down, and we had no idea where we were and what would happen to us. We were completely shut off from the outside world. Shortly after, we received permission to return to Bartella, but at a check point we had to convert to Islam and when we refused, they hit us. My son was put in prison. He was only fourteen years old.”

 

“I was put in the prison of Bartella,” confirms Ismail. “One day a Shiite was shot right in front of me. The terrorists told me: ‘If you do not convert to Islam, we will shoot you as well’. That is when I converted to Islam. From that time on, we concealed that we were Christians.”

 

Ismail was released and, with his mother, dragged from pillar to post: from Bartella, to multiple neighbourhoods in Mosul, and to the small village Bazwaya, just steps away from Mosul.

 

“We received a paper from IS stating that we were Muslims,” continues Ismail. “That way, I could go on the street in Mosul, but on the streets, you could not be sure of your life. Once, I was beaten up because my trousers were too long.”

 

“Once, when I was going to the mosque with the Jihadists early in the morning, our path was blocked. Suddenly we were passed by men in orange suits, held at gunpoint by a group of IS children. The children executed them with pleasure.”

 

“Another time I ran into a big crowd on the street. There was a woman; her hands and feet were tied. The IS terrorists drew a circle around her. If she got out of the circle, she would live, but that was impossible because she was tied. While her relatives were crying and begging for a pardon, the Jihadists threw stones at her until she died.”

 

“IS made me go to a correctional camp. I had to grow out my hair and grow my beard. My mother got a black, concealing robe, but was not allowed to go on the streets. IS warriors wanted me to marry, so I would be one of them. I objected, stating that I was too young: fifteen years. They were not impressed, because even boys of thirteen were married. The terrorists wanted me to join them. They were convinced: ‘our state will survive everything.’”

 

“My son was forced by IS to practice Islam and I was tortured for not knowing anything about Islam and the Koran,” says his mother, Jandark. “Yes, I am embarrassed for having had to profess Islam,” affirms Ismail.

 

“IS warriors made me pray,” says Ismail. “I received a prayer rug on which I could call upon Allah. Men were obligated to pray in the mosque on Friday. Anyone who would walk on the streets during the Friday prayer would be beaten. In the mosque, we were told that Assyrians were evil and that Christians did not believe in the right way. My mother should have to pray at home but she did not pray to Allah.”

 

“Then the IS warriors found my necklace with a cross, a sign that I am a Christian. The Jihadists beat me and I had to study the Koran for a month. I was hit whenever I could not answer their questions the way they wanted me to, and my mother was stung with long needles because she had not studied anything from the Koran.”

 

“One day we heard that Qaragosh – another Christian village in the Nineveh plain occupied by ISIS – had been freed, and that the liberation troops had chased the Jihadists out of Bartella. Soon after that the air attacks on Mosul started, and many people fled. IS also fled and, in the hurry, even left some weapons. However, they did take people with them on their way through Mosul, including my mother and me. For three days, we were under the control of a Jihadist.”

 

“When the terrorists grew too busy with the battle, they abandoned us. Again, we heard about the advancing army. We took a taxi to the front, heading towards our freedom, but Jihadists blocked us. Later, we tried to escape again. On our way, we ended up at the front: IS snipers tried to shoot us. We ran for cover into a house. After hours of fighting, my mother and I were able to leave the house, waving a white flag. Soldiers of the Iraqi liberation army welcomed us. We were free!”

Nineveh Plains Reconstruction Process

NINEVEH GENERAL DATA + Telleskuf + Baqofa + Batnaya + Telekef + Bahzani + Bashiqua + Bartella + Karamless + Bakhdida

Nineveh Plains Reconstruction Process

  • 13088

    Damaged Houses
  • 1234

    Totally Destroyed
  • 3557

    Burnt
  • 8297

    Partially Damaged
  • 10812

  • Number of Houses Registered to be Renovated
  • 157

  • Number of Houses Currently Being Renovated
  • 1835

  • 14%

    Properties already restored
  • 19452

  • Number of families prior to 2014
  • 23920

  • Number of Christians Returned
  • 5183

  • 27%

    Families returned to Nineveh Plains

Telleskuf

Restoration Process and Returnees

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Families already returned

4378 Created with Sketch.

Christians already returned

1268

Damaged

  • 69

    Houses Totally Destroyed

  • 95

    Houses Burnt

  • 1123

    Houses Partially Damaged

  • 25

    Number of houses currently being renovated

  • 1268

    Number of houses registered to be renovated

Batnaya

Restoration Process and Returnees

2 Created with Sketch.

Families already returned

6 Created with Sketch.

Christians already returned

967

Damaged

  • 520

    Houses Totally Destroyed

  • 105

    Houses Burnt

  • 342

    Houses Partially Damaged

  • 17

    Number of houses currently being renovated

  • 967

    Number of houses registered to be renovated

Karamless

Restoration Process and Returnees

180 Created with Sketch.

Families already returned

725 Created with Sketch.

Christians already returned

754

Damaged

  • 89

    Houses Totally Destroyed

  • 241

    Houses Burnt

  • 424

    Houses Partially Damaged

  • 65

    Number of houses currently being renovated

  • 200

    Number of houses registered to be renovated

Telekef

Restoration Process and Returnees

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Families already returned

0 Created with Sketch.

Christians already returned

443

Damaged

  • 231

    Houses Totally Destroyed

  • 56

    Houses Burnt

  • 156

    Houses Partially Damaged

  • 0

    Number of houses actually being renovated

  • 443

    Number of houses registered to be renovated

Mosul

Restoration Process and Returnees

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Families already returned

0 Created with Sketch.

Christians already returned

0

Damaged

  • 0

    Houses Totally Destroyed

  • 0

    Houses Burnt

  • 0

    Houses Partially Damaged

  • 0

    Number of houses actually being renovated

  • 0

    Number of houses registered to be renovated

Alqosh

Restoration Process and Returnees

0 Created with Sketch.

Families already returned

0 Created with Sketch.

Christians already returned

0

Damaged

  • 0

    Houses Totally Destroyed

  • 0

    Houses Burnt

  • 0

    Houses Partially Damaged

  • 0

    Number of houses actually being renovated

  • 0

    Number of houses registered to be renovated

Qaraqosh/Bakhdida

Restoration Process and Returnees

2929 Created with Sketch.

Families already returned

13180 Created with Sketch.

Christians already returned

6826

Damaged

  • 116

    Houses Totally Destroyed

  • 2448

    Houses Burnt

  • 4262

    Houses Partially Damaged

  • 26

    Number of houses actually being renovated

  • 6506

    Number of houses registered to be renovated

Bartella

Restoration Process and Returnees

350 Created with Sketch.

Families already returned

1750 Created with Sketch.

Christians already returned

1813

Damaged

  • 94

    Houses Totally Destroyed

  • 347

    Houses Burnt

  • 1372

    Houses Partially Damaged

  • 27

    Number of houses actually being renovated

  • 1000

    Number of houses registered to be renovated

Bashiqua

Restoration Process and Returnees

160 Created with Sketch.

Families already returned

800 Created with Sketch.

Christians already returned

580

Damaged

  • 50

    Houses Totally Destroyed

  • 195

    Houses Burnt

  • 335

    Houses Partially Damaged

  • 0

    Number of houses actually being renovated

  • 150

    Number of houses registered to be renovated

Bahzani

Restoration Process and Returnees

108 Created with Sketch.

Families already returned

108 Created with Sketch.

Christians already returned

310

Damaged

  • 60

    Houses Totally Destroyed

  • 70

    Houses Burnt

  • 180

    Houses Partially Damaged

  • 12970

    Number of houses actually being renovated

  • 70

    Number of houses registered to be renovated

Baqofa

Restoration Process and Returnees

37 Created with Sketch.

Families already returned

185 Created with Sketch.

Christians already returned

108

Damaged

  • 5

    Houses Totally Destroyed

  • 0

    Houses Burnt

  • 103

    Houses Partially Damaged

  • 0

    Number of houses actually being renovated

  • 108

    Number of houses registered to be renovated

The Persecuted and Refugee Christians

Protect the Christians of Iraq

Christian displaced families in northern Iraq depend on our help to survive while still hoping to return to their homes

Thousands of Christian families are refugees in their own country.
They depend on the Church and the charity of other Catholics to survive.

What is the current situation of the Christian IDPs in Erbil?

What is the current situation of the Christian IDPs in Erbil?

 

There are still 12,000 registered Christian families (approximately 95,000 people) who fled the war in Mosul and the Nineveh Plains and are presently living as internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Erbil and neighbouring towns.

 

“Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is clearly evident in those that faced violence first hand.  Depression and anxiety are at extremely high levels among adults”, warns Mons. Warda, Archbishop of Erbil. “We expect to see a rise over the coming months in terms of the need for financial and humanitarian assistance.”

 

For the most part these refugee families are unemployed, or at least without any regular or significant income.

 

Many families are still dependent upon the Church for food, lodging, clothes, medicine and other essentials.

Around 95,000 displaced Christians in the Erbil region are in need of food assistance

Well over half of them are women, children, and elderly.

Other than the aid provided through the Church organizations, the Christian IDPs continue to feel abandoned by governments (both within Iraq and abroad) and international aid organizations.

Since March 2016 ACN has been the only international organisation providing food to the Christian IDPs in northern Iraq

Since the beginning of the crisis in 2014, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has been providing monthly food baskets and housing for Christian displaced families, as well as building schools for displaced children in northern Iraq

Thank you for the food

You can help these refugees. We need your support to provide monthly housing and food baskets for over 12.000 families.

A day in the life of a displaced child in Iraq

This is Maryam's story

Back To The Roots

Helping Christians return to their homes

www.nrciraq.org

Without outside help,
Christianity is likely to disappear from Iraq

If we now miss the opportunity to help the Iraqi Christians, these families might well decide to leave Iraq forever.
That would be an enormous tragedy.

Until 2014 there had been an unbroken Christian presence in Nineveh stretching back almost to the beginning of Christianity

Claim of Christian Genocide

This is a historic and unrepeatable occasion for the future of Christianity in Iraq

Christians face many difficulties on their return home

Christians are of vital importance – historically, politically and culturally.
To help them return home, ACN has promoted the Nineveh Reconstruction Committee (NRC).

Back to the roots: can the Christians return to Nineveh?

Back to the roots: can the Christians return to Nineveh?

 

ACN commissioned a Damage Assessment Survey to catalogue the level of destruction of almost 13,000 homes as well as the damage to schools, health clinics and religious buildings.

 

According to another survey carried out by ACN, 41% of displaced Christians in Erbil want to return to their native villages and 46% are considering it.

 

250 million dollars are needed for the rebuilding of almost 13,000 homes in the Nineveh Plains.

 

ACN is appealing to the international community for a «Marshall Plan» for Iraq so that thousands of displaced people can return to their homes.

 

The NRC (Nineveh Reconstruction Committee) was established on 27 March 2017 and it unites the three main Christian Churches in the area (Syriac Orthodox, Syriac Catholic and Chaldean Catholic).

 

Its objective is to rebuild the homes belonging to the internally displaced Christians who fled their villages in the Nineveh Plains.

 

In 3 villages in the Nineveh Plains ACN has already begun the reconstruction of the first 105 houses belonging to displaced Christians families.

“I was born in this land and I have lived here all my life. I do not want to leave this land, ever. My faith in Christ gives me the strength to live in this land”

Watch the testimony of a farmer from Qaraqosh

“Christ is our tower of strength that gives us hope. We must persevere, this is our soil and our heritage. I am happy that we have an organisation like ACN at our side.”

Yohanna Petros Mouche, Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Mossul

“Our God protected us from ISIS…
I would like to return back because it is our place, our houses, our church, our home”

Watch young Rahma Jacob’s testimony from Erbil

Help us save Christianity in Iraq

With your help, the dream of thousands of Iraqi Christians of returning home can come true

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Christian Refugees

Victims of genocide, forced to leave their homes to flee ISIS’ terror, around 100,000 Christians live as internally displaced people in Iraq.

Help these Christians return to their homes and rebuild their houses, churches and villages.

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Due to the described purposes of use (cf. § 6. a.), the legal basis for the processing of personal data using cookies lies in Art. 6 para. 1 lit. f GDPR. If you have given us your consent to the use of cookies on the basis of a reference (“cookie banner”) given by us on the website, the lawfulness of the use is additionally governed by Art. 6 para. 1 s. 1 a GDPR.

c. Storage Time

As soon as the data transmitted by the cookies is no longer necessary for the purposes described above, this information will be deleted. Further storage may take place in individual cases if this is required by law.

d. Browser Settings

Most browsers are already set to accept cookies by default. However, you can change your browser settings so that it only accepts certain cookies or no cookies at all. However, we would like to point out that you may no longer be able to use all the functions of our website if cookies are disabled by your browser settings on our website.

You can also use your browser settings to delete cookies already stored in your browser. Furthermore, it is possible to set your browser so that it informs you before cookies are stored. Since the different browsers may differ in their respective functions, we ask you to use the respective help menu of your browser for the setting options.

If you would like a comprehensive overview of all third-party access to your Internet browser, we recommend that you install specially developed plug-ins.

 

§ 7 Tools for Tracking and Analysis

We use tracking and analysis tools to ensure continuous optimization and user-oriented design of our website. With the help of tracking measures it is also possible for us to statistically record the use of our website by visitors and to further develop our online offer for you with the help of the knowledge gained.

On the basis of these interests, the use of the tracking and analysis tools described below is justified in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 s. 1 lit. f GDPR. The following description of the tracking and analysis tools also shows the respective processing purposes and the processed data.

a. Google Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service of Google Inc, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountainview, CA 94043 USA (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies, which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site.

The information generated by these cookies, for example about the time, place and frequency of your use of this website, is usually transferred to a Google server in the USA and stored there. When using Google Analytics, it is not excluded that cookies set by Google Analytics may collect other personal data in addition to the IP address. We would like to point out that Google may transfer this information to third parties if this is required by law or if third parties process this data on behalf of Google.

Google will use the information generated by cookies on behalf of the operator of this website to evaluate your use of the website, to compile reports on website activities and to provide the website operator with further services associated with website and internet use. The IP address transmitted by your browser within the framework of Google Analytics is not merged by Google with other data according to its own statements.

You can generally prevent cookies from being saved by adjusting your browser settings accordingly. However, we would like to point out that in this case you may not be able to use all functions of this website to their full extent.

To prevent information about your use of the website from being collected by Google Analytics and transmitted to Google Analytics, you can download and install a plug-in for your browser under the following link: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

This plug-in prevents information about your visit to the website from being transmitted to Google Analytics. This plug-in does not prevent any other analysis.

Please note that you cannot use the browser plug-in described above when visiting our website via the browser of a mobile device (smartphone or tablet). When using a mobile device, you can prevent Google Analytics from collecting your usage data by clicking the following link:

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By clicking on this link, an opt-out cookie is placed in your browser. This prevents information about your visit to the website from being transmitted to Google Analytics. Please note that the opt-out cookie is only valid for this browser and only for this domain. If you delete the cookies in the browser, the opt-out cookie will also be deleted. To further prevent the collection by Google Analytics, you have to click the link again. The use of the opt-out cookie is also possible as an alternative to the above plug-in when using the browser on your computer.

This code has the effect that the last 8 bits of the IP addresses are deleted and your IP address is thus recorded anonymously (so-called IP masking). As a matter of principle, Google shortens your IP address even before the transmission within member states of the European Union or in other Member States to the Agreement on the European Economic Area and thus makes it anonymous. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there.

By clicking on this link, an opt-out cookie is placed in your browser. This prevents information about your visit to the website from being transmitted to Google Analytics. Please note that the opt-out cookie is only valid for this browser and only for this domain. If you delete the cookies in the browser, the opt-out cookie will also be deleted. To further prevent the collection by Google Analytics, you have to click the link again. The use of the opt-out cookie is also possible as an alternative to the above plug-in when using the browser on your computer.

This code has the effect that the last 8 bits of the IP addresses are deleted and your IP address is thus recorded anonymously (so-called IP masking). As a matter of principle, Google shortens your IP address even before the transmission within member states of the European Union or in other Member States to the Agreement on the European Economic Area and thus makes it anonymous. Only in exceptional cases will the full IP address be transmitted to a Google server in the USA and shortened there.

b. Google AdWords

We use the Google AdWords technology, especially conversion tracking. Google conversion tracking is an analysis service of Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkways, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. If you click on a Google ad, a conversion tracking cookie will be placed on your computer. The cookies are valid for 30 days and are not for personal identification. If you visit certain pages of our website and the cookie has not yet expired, Google and ACN can also detect that you clicked on a particular ad and were redirected to that page. Google AdWords customers each receive a different cookie. This prohibits to track cookies by the websites of AdWords customers.

The data collected using the conversion cookie are used to create conversion statistics for AdWords customers who use conversion tracking. Customers will see the number of users who clicked on their ad and were then redirected to a conversion tracking tag page. However, they do not receive any information that can be used to personally identify themselves.

If you do not want to participate in conversion tracking, you can prevent this by using a corresponding setting in your browser, for example in the form that a cookie installation is generally prevented. You can also turn off cookies for conversion tracking by setting your browser to block only cookies from the web address “googleadservices.com”.

c. Google Remarketing

We use the Google Remarketing technology of the company Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA. Google remarketing displays ads to users who have visited our websites and online services and are interested in a specific offer. Within the Google network, targeted and interest-based ads can be displayed on our site. Google Remarketing uses cookies for this analysis. This allows our visitors to be recognized once they visit web pages within Google’s advertising network. Within Google’s advertising network, targeted and interest-based ads can be directed to ads that are based on the web pages visited by the visitor of the Google Advertising network (which also use the remarketing feature of Google).

If you do not wish to receive targeted, interest-based advertising, you can disable the use of cookies by Google for these purposes via the link: https://www.google.de/settings/ads.

 

§ 8 Plug-Ins

Shariff solution

Our website contains social plug-ins of the social networks “Facebook”( Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Ave, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA), “Google +” (Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California 94043, USA), “Twitter” (Twitter, Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, California 94103, USA), “Instagram” (Instagram LLC., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA), “YouTube” (YouTube LLC., 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA), “LinkedIn” (LinkedIn Co., 2029 Stierlin Ct. Ste. 200 Mountain View, CA 94043, USA), “WhatsApp” (WhatsApp Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA) and “Pinterest” (Pinterest Inc., 808 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA) . It is possible that personal data about visitors to the website may also be collected via these plug-ins, transmitted to the respective service and linked to the respective service of the visitor.

ACN does not collect any personal data via the social plug-ins. In order to prevent data from being transferred to service providers in the USA without the user’s knowledge, we have used the so-called Shariff solution on our website. This has the effect that the respective social plug-ins are initially only integrated as graphics on the website. These graphics contain a link to the website of the corresponding provider of the plug-in. Only when you click on one of the graphics, you will be forwarded to the service of the respective provider. This solution ensures that personal data are not automatically forwarded to the providers of the respective social plug-ins when you visit our website. If you click on one of the graphics of the social plug-ins, data can be transferred to the respective service provider and stored there. If you do not click on any of the graphics, no data transfer takes place between you and the respective provider of the social plug-in.

After clicking on a social plug-in, the respective service provider receives information that you have visited the corresponding page of our online offer. Please note that you do not need to have a user account with the service in question, nor are you already logged in there. However, if you already have a user account with the relevant service provider and are already logged in to this account while visiting our website, the data collected by the social plug-in will be assigned directly to your account. If you do not wish to be assigned to your profile with the service provider, you must log out of your user account before clicking on one of the social plug-ins.

Please note that ACN has no influence on whether and to what extent the respective service providers collect personal data. We are not aware of the scope, purpose and storage periods of the respective data collection. However, we would like to point out that it must be assumed that at least the IP address and device-related information is used and recorded via social plug-ins. It is also possible that the respective service providers use cookies.

The scope and purpose of the data collection by the respective service as well as the further processing and use of your data there can be found in the data protection information directly from the website of the respective service. There you will also receive further information about your corresponding data protection rights and setting options for the protection of your privacy:

a) Facebook Inc., 1601 S California Ave, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA

https://en-gb.facebook.com/policy.php

b) Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Mountain View, California 94043, USA

https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/?hl=de

c) Twitter Inc., 1355 Market St, Suite 900, San Francisco, California 94103, USA

https://help.twitter.com/en/rules-and-policies/update-privacy-policy

d) Instagram LLC., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA

https://help.instagram.com/519522125107875?helpref=page_content

e) YouTube LLC., 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066, USA

https://policies.google.com/privacy?hl=en&gl=de

f) Pinterest Inc., 808 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

https://about.pinterest.com/de/privacy-policy

g) WhatsApp Inc., 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA
https://www.whatsapp.com/legal/#privacy-policy

h) LinkedIn Co., 2029 Stierlin Ct. Ste. 200 Mountain View, CA 94043, USA
https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy

 

§ 9 Hyperlinks

Our website contains hyperlinks to websites of other providers. When you activate these hyperlinks, you will be directed directly to the other providers’ website. You will recognize this when the URL is changed. Please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal information to these websites.

§ 10 Your Rights as a Data Subject

If your personal data are processed, you are a data subject within the meaning of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the following rights apply to you:

  • Pursuant to Art. 15 GDPR you can request information about your personal data processed by us.

In particular, you may obtain information about the purposes of processing, the categories of personal data, the categories of recipients to whom your data have been or will be disclosed, the planned storage period, the existence of a right to correction, deletion, restriction of processing or objection, the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, the origin of your data, if not collected from us, about transfer to third countries or international organisations, and the existence of automated decision-making, including profiling and, where applicable, meaningful information about the logic involved.

  • Pursuant to Art. 16 GDPR you can immediately demand the correction of incorrect data or the completion of your personal data stored with us.
  • Pursuant to Art. 17 GDPR, you may request the deletion of your personal data stored by us, provided that the processing is not necessary to exercise the right to freedom of expression and information, to fulfil a legal obligation, for reasons of public interest or to assert, exercise or defend legal claims.
  • Pursuant to Art. 18 GDPR, you can request the restriction of the processing of your personal data if you contest the accuracy of the data, if the processing is unlawful, if we no longer need the data and if you refuse their deletion because you need to establish, exercise or defend legal claims. You are also entitled to the right under Art. 18 GDPR if you have objected to the processing in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR.
  • Pursuant to Art. 20 GDPR, you may request that the personal data you have provided us with be received in a structured, current and machine-readable format or you may request that it be transmitted to another person responsible.
  • Pursuant to Art. 7 para. 3 GDPR you can withdraw your consent at any time. As a consequence, we are no longer allowed to continue the data processing based on this consent for the future.
  • Pursuant to Art. 77 GDPR, you have the right to complain to a supervisory authority. You can contact the supervisory authority of your habitual residence, place of work or our company headquarters.

You can exercise these rights by contacting ACN at info@acninternational.org.

 

§ 11 Right to Object

In case the processing of your personal data is based on legitimate interest in accordance with Art. 6 para. 1 sentence 1 lit. f GDPR, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data in accordance with Art. 21 GDPR insofar as there are reasons which arise from your particular situation or if the objection refers to direct marketing. In the case of direct marketing, you have a general right to objection which will be considered without mentioning any particular situation.

 

§ 12 Data Security and Security Measures

We are committed to protecting your privacy and treating your personal information confidentially. In order to avoid any manipulation, loss or misuse of your data stored by us, we take extensive technical and organisational security measures that are regularly reviewed and adapted to technological progress. This includes, among other things, the use of recognized encryption methods (SSL or TLS).

However, we would like to point out that due to the structure of the internet, it is possible that the rules of data protection and the above mentioned security measures may not be observed by other persons or institutions for which we are not responsible.

In particular, unencrypted data – e.g. if this is done by e-mail – can be read by third parties. We have no technical influence on this. It is the responsibility of the user to protect the data provided by him against misuse by encryption or in any other way.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

By accessing this website, you agree to the site terms of use set out here. If you do not agree to them, you should leave the site immediately.

 

Completeness and accuracy of information

 

This website is for general information about Aid to the Church in Need and its policy on grant making. While the International Head Office of Aid to the Church in Need makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of material published on this site, it accepts no liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or reliability of information either published on the site or made available for download from the site. No representations, guarantees or warranties are made as to the accuracy or completeness of the material on our website. Use of, or reliance on, any information available from this website is entirely at your own risk.

We exclude to the fullest extent lawfully permitted all liability for any loss or damage which you may occur howsoever arising out of the use, inability to use or your reliance on material obtained from our website.

 

Third party websites

 

Some pages of this website may contain links to third party websites which are not controlled and/or maintained by the International Head Office of Aid to the Church in Need. Aid to the Church in Need accepts no liability or responsibility for the content of third party websites. Links to third party websites are included for the sake of convenience only – their inclusion in no way constitutes an unconditional endorsement by Aid to the Church in Need. You are responsible for complying with the terms and conditions of use of any linked site.

 

All and any links from third party websites to this website may only be made after obtaining the prior written consent of the International Head Office of Aid to the Church in Need.

 

Contact Aid to the Church in Need to request permission to link to this website.

 

Modification of terms and conditions

 

Aid to the Church in Need reserves the right to modify or replace these terms and conditions without prior warning. The new terms and conditions will be published on this page of the website. Your continued use of the website constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions.

 

You are advised to check periodically for any changes in the terms and conditions of this website. If you do not agree to any new terms and conditions, you should leave the site immediately.

 

Copyright

 

Material on this website is subject to copyright laws and Aid to the Church in Need copyright statement.

 

Privacy

 

Any data submitted via this website will be handled according to Aid to the Church in Need privacy policy.

 

Laws governing this website

 

This website, including these terms and conditions, shall be governed by German law. The German courts shall have sole jurisdiction over any disputes arising from this website.