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World Refugee Day | 2014



  • June 20, 2014
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Home is a part of our identity.

It is an ecosystem for growth, stability, and security.

. . . A sanctuary for children to grow up.

. . . A safe haven for days of illness or distress.

. . . A place where meals are shared and community is cultivated.

Zaatari Camp - World Help

Now imagine being forced to abandon that home—that imprint of memory and time—all in an instant. Imagine running from gunfire in the middle of the night, praying for daylight to come. Imagine losing everything—and everyone—just because your home was in the middle of someone else’s battleground.

This is the sobering reality of far too many in our world today.

At this moment, there are 43.7 million refugees and internally displaced people around the globe—people who have no home, no family, no country, no place of belonging. And as many as 80 percent of them are women and children.

They are families fleeing from violence and conflict, religious persecution, famine, food shortage, ethnic oppression, and political instability. Although the refugee crisis spans across continents, ethnicities, and political landscapes, the nation of Syria—now in a state of complete collapse—is at the epicenter of the chaos.

Over the past three years, 9 million Syrians have been uprooted from their homes as a result of the brutal civil war being waged within it. Some 2.5 million have fled to surrounding nations—Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq—while 6.5 million have been displaced within Syria.

Refugee Girl - World Help

In Amman, Jordan, along the Syrian border, World Help’s humanitarian teams are working around the clock to assist families in desperate need.

We met Lesha, a 70-year-old refugee woman living alone on the floor of a dirty, cramped room. She survives exclusively on scraps and discarded garbage she finds on the street. Even though she scavenges on her hands and knees for hours every day, Lesha still cannot find enough to eat or sell. When our team found her, she was weak, malnourished, and often sick from eating spoiled food.

Abdealtef was shot in the stomach six months ago while trying to protect his home in Syria. He had no other choice but to flee with his wife and four children to Jordan to escape the violence. Since he received no medical treatment for his injury, he is permanently disabled—unable to work or protect his family.

Our hearts broke when we found Huda, a three-year-old girl who was injured by a bomb blast in Syria and is now completely blind. Our partner explained that so many children have been injured and traumatized during the conflict . . . many will never fully recover.

Millions of refugees—people like Lesha, Abdealtef, and Huda—desperately need our help today.

In recent days, the conflict in Syria has migrated into the neighboring country of Iraq, initiating one of the largest and swiftest mass movements of people in recent history. In a matter of hours, over half a million people were forced from their homes in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Refugee children - World Help

Bordering nations are already well over capacity from absorbing millions of refugees from Syria. There are simply not enough resources to sustain and support such a staggering amount of people.

Our teams are strategically positioned to begin responding to the influx of Iraqi refugees but desperately require more funding to accommodate the growing need.

We are depending on the generosity of our supporters to ensure that these refugees receive food, water, medicine, cooking stoves, hygiene items, and other supply deliveries from our team.

Without continuous funding, this outreach cannot continue. Your gift of any amount can drastically affect the life of a family who has lost everything.

Together, we can do more than just watch . . . we can help save the lives of thousands in need.

Join us in actively remembering the world’s refugees by giving to aid the millions directly affected by the Syrian conflict.

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