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On the Syrian border: A plea for help

On the Syrian border: A plea for help

“People come and go, promising to help,” Tariq said. But that help rarely comes. I met Tariq this week in a refugee camp, where his family is struggling to survive. I’ve changed his name to protect him. They receive a stipend of just $15 per month — an impossibly...
On the Syrian border: True healing for refugees facing trauma

On the Syrian border: True healing for refugees facing trauma

For many families I’ve met on the Syrian border, their journey to becoming refugees was a traumatic one. They arrive at the camps bearing both physical and emotional scars. This was certainly the case for Mrs. Zin and her family. I’ve shared the beginning of her story...
On the ground at the Syrian border: An impossible choice

On the ground at the Syrian border: An impossible choice

Almost a year ago to the date, I was huddled in a tent with refugees I had met on the Syrian border. Today, I’m back again … and I’m still just as overwhelmed by the stories I hear and the needs I see. I’m more convinced than ever before that we — as the body of...
Why Maria felt sorry for the men who robbed her

Why Maria felt sorry for the men who robbed her

When robbers broke into her house and threatened her, Maria felt sorry for them. She knew they were frantically searching for food and money. She understood because she was starving, too. Maria lives in Venezuela, home to the largest refugee crisis in the Western...
Hellen can’t even picture having enough food

Hellen can’t even picture having enough food

It was late at night, but Hellen was still awake. A deep, grumbling sound was the only noise in the room she shared with her mother and sisters. But it wasn’t thunder. It was Hellen’s stomach. She had gone to bed hungry again, and her stomach was begging for food....
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