ACM Christmas Message 2014


2014 has been a momentous year for the Australian Coptic Movement Association (ACM).


We witnessed ISIL’s deadly rampage across Syria and Iraq. ISIL gained international prominence after its ultimatum to Christians in Mosul and when it surrounded defenseless Yazidis in the mountainous regions of northern Iraq. People of all faiths and backgrounds have been victims.

The ACM supported and participated in protests calling for international intervention in Iraq and campaigned for the Australian government to increase its humanitarian intake for refugees. We are pleased to see the Australian government respond by taking part in the international coalition to combat ISIL and by increasing Australia’s humanitarian intake to cater for refugees that have been forcibly displaced from their homelands.


The ACM also established a relief fund, raising over $14,000 to assist with the humanitarian operations in Iraq and Syria.  Thank you to each and every person that contributed to this relief fund.


While the atrocities of the ISIL movement have occupied our thoughts and minds this year, we are aware of the struggles that minorities face in other parts of the Middle East and North Africa. Just recently, media outlets have reported a tragic incident where Coptic parents were killed and their eldest daughter abducted in Libya. This incident reveals that even though progress has been made of late in North Africa, the road to freedom and liberty is long and there is still work to be done.


This year the ACM also hosted its inaugural Coptic New Year dinner on 4 October 2014.  The Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable Tony Abbott MP, and Mrs Margie Abbott, attended this dinner along with several other dignitaries and members of Federal and State Parliaments. Mr Abbott’s attendance marked the first occasion ever that an Australian Prime Minister attended a formal event hosted by the Australian Egyptian community. This inaugural dinner was a successful event and we hope that we can continue celebrating the Coptic New Year for years to come.

As this year draws to a close, we wish to thank everyone for supporting the ACM. Without the support of our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and those sympathetic to our cause, we would be unable to do the important work that we do. Your support is crucial and appreciated. We hope we can continue to count on that support in 2015.


We wish all our supporters a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope that 2015 is year of happiness, good health and prosperity for you.


We wish to conclude by expressing our heartfelt condolences to the families of Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson. The thoughts and prayers of the Australian Coptic Movement Association and the Australian Coptic community are with the victims of the Sydney siege, their families, and all those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy.


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