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From the Field: The life of a child refugee



  • April 26, 2018
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Vernon Brewer

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As I walk through refugee camps on the Syrian border I have to tell you, I’m amazed by the number of children here. I can’t imagine raising my own kids or grandkids in these conditions.

In one part of the camp, children balance their way across a narrow, exposed pipe over a polluted stream. It’s the only way to get back to their tents. If they fall and get hurt, they can’t afford to go to the doctor.

They have no school to attend. Instead, once they reach the age of 12, most of the kids will try to find work to help support their families.

I met one boy who is just 14 years old and is already working to help put food on his family’s table. I’ll call him Hassan to protect his identity. He works long hours doing any job he can find — jobs like farm labor, cleaning houses, or washing dishes at nearby restaurants.

It’s grueling work for what little he’s paid. And he still often goes to bed hungry.

But your gift of $35 can feed a child like Hassan. You will provide lifesaving supplies such as food, medicine, and clothing for one refugee for more than a week.

Give today and remind one refugee that he hasn’t been forgotten.

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