The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has warned that the crisis in Iraq could become a genocide.
He wrote to David Cameron asking him to do more to help people in the country last month.
The Archbishop was speaking before the end of his week-long peace vigil, which concludes today (Sunday 31 August). He has been in York, repeatedly praying for peace, over the last seven days.
Speaking ahead of the launch, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu said:
The Archbishop of York is launching an initiative to help tackle poverty in Middlesbrough.
The town is ranked as one of the poorest places to live in the UK, with up to 59% of children in the area reportedly living in poverty. 'Together Middlesbrough', which is a joint scheme between the Church Urban Fund and the Diocese of York, is aimed to reducing the level of deprivation.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, will launch the project at St Barnabas Church in Linthorpe at 2pm.
Help for the poorest people in Middlesbrough is being launched by the Archbishop of York today. "Together Middlesbrough" is a joint venture between the Church Urban Fund and the Diocese of York to help churches tackle poverty together.
A service to launch the initiative will be held at St Barnabas Church, Linthorpe, at 2pm.