DISTRESSED ASSYRlAN CHRISTIANS.
TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES.
Sir,– I have received from the Foreign Office a painful account of distress among the Assyrian Christians. Mr. Shipley, H.M. Consul at Tabriz, has telegraphed home that 25,000 Syrian mountaineers from Tyari and Tkhuma, in Asiatic Turkey, are now refugees at Salmas, in Persia, and that 10,000 more were expected there. He adds that these refugees are destitute, and that unless help is received numbers of them must inevitably perish, especially as the winter is close at hand and Salmas is then bitterly cold. The Patriarch, Mar Shimun, is among these refugees, and as destitute as the rest.
The committee of the Archbishop's Assyrian Mission has already sent some £700 for the relief of necessities since the beginning of the year. It is now sending a further sum of £500 at once, which will exhaust its available resources. I earnestly appeal to the charity of English Christians to enable us to send further relief without delay. Any sums may be sent either to the secretary of the Assyrian Mission, Rev. F. N. Heazell, Church House, Westminster, or to the secretary of the Armenian Relief Fund, 96, Victoria-street, S.W., with which fund this mission is in cordial cooperation.
I am, Sir, &c.,