A PORTSMOUTH aid worker has said he will be returning to Iraq despite government warnings to British citizens about the volatile environment.
Brian Futcher, who has been helping Kurdish communities in the country for 20 years, will imminently travel to Iraq.
He is described as a ‘devout Christian’ and is a member of Portsmouth Kurdish Association.
He told BBC Radio Solent: ‘I am not scared or worried. That is not because I am foolhardy and don’t realise the dangers. My faith is strong. I am sure that God will take care of me. I firmly believe that. I go with my faith and it has not let me down in 20 years.’
Mr Futcher said he will be taking knitted ‘trauma teddies’ with him to give to children in refugee camps.
‘We have been knitting these for children who have witnessed dreadful things,’ he said.
‘I feel Jesus smiles when he sees things like this.’