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LIVE: Hope for the Middle East Petition Presented to UK Government

13 December 2017

Today's the day!

Today the Hope for the Middle East Petition will be presented to the UK government.

We'll keep you updated with all the latest developments. You might also want to check out our Twitter feed and Facebook page.

In total 808,172 people signed the petition, of whom 186,390 came from UK and Ireland. Thank you for your amazing support.

17:00 Final update

Perhaps nothing speaks so powerfully about the need for us in the UK and Ireland to speak up for our persecuted brothers and sisters than these drawings from women and children who have been affacted by the violence.

Thank you for all your support.

16:50 Update

Alistair Burt MP: "Without Open Doors and others who champion the cause we would be so much the poorer"

16:30 Update

Lisa Pearce, Open Doors Uk & Ireland CEO telling the story of Noeh – who presented the petition to the UN in New York.Lisa is also outlining the calls of the Hope for the Middle East petition, asking for equality, dignity, and a role in bringing reconciliation for Christians and minorities in Iraq and Syria.

16:25 Update

Father Daniel is speaking to MPs and Parliamentarians now: 'I believe that my people may be gone in the near future... that depends on your actions'

16:20 Update

Thank you for speaking up for your persecuted family! This is what can happen: Kate Green, MP for Stretford & Urmston says 'I became involved with Open Doors because people in my constituency asked me to be'.

16:00 Update

The main presentation in Parliament is about to begin. Our local partner from Iraq Father Daniel will be speaking, alongside Alistair Burt MP and our CEO Lisa Pearce. Please pray that MPs will be moved by what they hear and spurred to act.

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14:30 Update

A couple of photos showing all our Marys and Josephs on Parliament Square. Thanks to everyone who turned out in the rain!

Middle East

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13:00 Update

The Hope for the Middle East nativity!

Posted by Open Doors UK & Ireland on Wednesday, December 13, 2017

12:45 Update

The Mary and Josephs are gathering!

We asked supporters to turn up dressed up as Mary and Joseph to emphasise the shocking reality that 2,000 years on from the first Christmas, Christians are still looking for room in the birthplace of Christianity.

12:30 Update

It's alread been a busy week. Yesterday, our local partner from Iraq, Father Daniel, was able to speak at the Foreign Office carol service.

Meanwhile, across the atlantic in New York, 12-year-old Noeh from Karamles, Iraq, was leading the delegation presenting the petition to the UN.

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