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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Paying it Forward

Refugees in Jordan

Syrian Refugees in Jordan

 

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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 the invaders are gone.

 

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Fleeing for their Lives

Refugees in Jordan

 

Families Adopting Families

 

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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 helplessly 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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Barely Escaping with Their Lives!

Refugees in Jordan

Syrian Refugee Families in Jordan

Abu Mustafa (“Abed”) owned a small dry cleaning business back in Syria. One day, when his 15-year-old son, Mustafa, was helping him, Abed went out for an errand, leaving Mustafa in the shop. While Abed was away, a rocket fell near the building. The blast cost Mustafa his right arm and leg. Abed decided it was time to get his family out of Syria.

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