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Syrian Refugees Desperate for Help

Vernon Brewer
Feb 08, 2013

After nearly two years of civil war and the senseless slaughter of over 60,000 innocent civilians, the nation of Syria is collapsing, and millions are fleeing for their lives.

I’ve never seen anything like this before. And the situation is getting worse every day. Refugees, robbed of everything they have, are quickly losing hope.

Syrian Child in Jordan Refugee Camp

Today, I am on my way to the Syrian border to meet with our network of humanitarian partners who continue to distribute supplies to thousands of desperate refugees.

Death is everywhere in Syria. Businesses are closed, homes have been reduced to rubble, and schools where children used to play have been obliterated by shelling. No one has been left untouched.

The bloodstained streets tell it all . . . nothing is certain anymore . . . no one here will ever be the same.

Just a few months ago when I was on the Syrian border, I saw the blank looks on the faces of countless children who managed to escape. Most were too traumatized to look up, to even speak.

What is it going to take for us to respond? How many innocent Syrians have to die before we do something about this?

The U.N. reports that 2 million people have been displaced by the fighting. Over 700,000 of them have crossed the borders of their homeland, perhaps never to return. They have lost everything—family members massacred right in front of them—their homes and livelihoods stolen away in an instant.

Over 70 percent of the refugees live outside of the displacement camps. They are crammed into abandoned and dilapidated buildings without access to clean water, food, medical supplies, or a source of heat in the bitter cold temperatures.

An onslaught of winter storms has wreaked havoc on tents and makeshift shelters, causing widespread flooding and unleashing high-powered winds, some reported over 40 mph.

Conditions are miserable and supplies are dangerously low. Women are resorting to prostitution to feed their families, and children are being exploited out of growing desperation. It doesn’t get much worse than this.

On this trip, our team will be addressing urgent needs on the ground and working with our partners to strategically distribute critical aid items like food, medical supplies, hygiene items, blankets, and more to refugee families on the outskirts of the camps. Thousands of lives are on the line.

Two Syrian Boys in a Refugee Camp

Funds for supplies are almost entirely depleted. Without immediate funding, thousands of refugees will not be able to survive the winter months. We must respond now . . . before it’s too late.

Your gift of $20, $50, $100, $500, or more will help provide crucial relief for a refugee family. I can’t emphasize enough the urgency of this need—it’s absolutely imperative that we respond without delay.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the statistics, fearful of the politics, and paralyzed by sheer chaos of the evil that has taken so many lives. But when human suffering is taking place—what matters most is our response, our decision to practice true compassion in action . . . to show love to people who will never be able to thank us in return.

Will you help me? Please give your generous gift for Syrian refugees today.

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There’s still time to make a difference . . . but we must act now.

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