Blog: Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief for Indonesia

Last month, the Indonesian island of Sulawesi was hit by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami. Many people on the island experienced devastating loss. Over 1,900 lost their lives and another 3,000 were seriously injured. 3,000 schools were damaged, and thousands of people lost their homes.

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Home is Not Survivable

Yazidi Internally Displaced People (IDP), Disaster Relief

I recently visited some groups of the Yazidi Internally Displaced People (IDPs) to check on their current circumstances. In fact, their town Shingal (or Sinjar) was rescued, but the town had been completely destroyed. There is no fresh water and electricity, and there are still bombs still not completely deactivated. Therefore, the people don’t think it’s safe to return home just yet. A few men returned to trade with Iraq and Syria because Shingal is a town near the Syrian border.

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Dreaming of Returning Home

Yazidi Internally Displaced People (IDP), Disaster Relief

Some of the Yazidi IDPs are going home to their town of Shingal (Sinjar) to see the condition of their homes and town. Mostly, only the men go back because they are not willing to take their daughters and wives. The horrible things they experienced at the hands of invaders have discouraged them from going to their town until they know they are gone.

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Addressing Desperate Needs

Internally Displaced People in Aleppo, Disaster Response

It’s been over six and a half years, and the war in Syria continues.

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They Ran and Didn’t Turn Back

Yazidi Refugees, Disaster Relief

“In August 2014, my friends and I heard the sound of crying, shouts, and the shooting of guns, all mixed together," *Shahid said. “I just understood that they were shouting, 'Run, [the violent group] is coming! Leave Shangal as soon as possible. Don’t stop!" Shahid was just 21 years young. He was from Shangal (the town where most of the Yazidi lived). He and his friends spent their time talking about their dreams and happiness in life.

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Beginning to Hope Again

Yazidi Refugees, Disaster Relief

Berivan was only 14 years old when her uncle came running into her family’s home crying, “We must run, (a violent group) is coming!” So they ran up to Sinjar mountain, where she and her family stayed for ten days in temperatures that exceeded 110°F, with little water and food. Berivan watched helpless as many died, mostly infants and elderly. All the Yazidi fled and many were captured and killed or made slaves of that violent group.

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Education for Refugees

by Zoya Wazir

“Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.” – Malala Yousafzai

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Yearning to Rebuild Their Lives

Yazidi Refugees, Disaster Relief

Progress in Ending Extreme Poverty

By, Bethany Marinelli

The year of 2015 will go into the books as one of great change and progress for Global Hope Network International. Our staff has worked hard, both in the field in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and in our resource offices in France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

It’s difficult to truly quantify the hard work of Hidden and Hurting around the world who toiled toward a future of Hope. It is they whom we stand by in awe as they inspire us to push forward to end extreme poverty.

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