For Ahmed and his family, this will be the third winter of living in an Iraqi refugee camp. He intended to move back to the city this past summer.
Middle East in Crisis!
A mother worrying her unborn baby will die; a girl with degenerative eye disorder; a crippled boy with a bright mind and a weak body; a widow caring for her remaining family members, a sister and four children– it could be me.
Contacts in Gaza report overwhelming needs for food and medical care A Gazan man opened his fridge door and showed our contact the two tomatoes and two bottles of water it contained. That was all the food he had on hand. “We need you to feed my people,” he pled. Desperate Gazans, forgotten by much… Read more
Abdul* hurried into his family’s tent. What were those strangers doing here? He heard one of them say “heart surgery,” and his heart skipped a beat. Half excited. Half afraid. Abdul had heard these words before. He knew they were talking about him because he had a hole in his heart. It made his body… Read more
CAM provides food and other aid for the suffering Seven years of war have left Syria battered, and still the fighting continues. While the war’s intensity has ebbed and flowed, 2018 brought a marked increase in violence. During one skirmish in February, 500 people were killed in one week’s time near the capital city of… Read more
A bleak life of hardship has become a new but dreadful normal for Syrian refugees. Thousands are still waiting to return to their homes. CAM staff recently visited Turkey where they found a cattle barn lot crowded with tents. It was home to fifty refugee families. “Conditions were extremely squalid with makeshift tarp structures thrown… Read more
Update: The number of cholera cases in Yemen has now reached one million, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross. More than 2,200 people have died. Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration; if left untreated, the disease can kill quickly. Health officials fear a new wave of cholera… Read more
All of us have those moments that we will always remember. Experiences that impact us, that reach way down inside and grab a hold of us, and don’t let go. They change us, they color the way we see the world, they motivate us, they inspire us. Most of these experiences are not easy ones…. Read more
Streets littered with gun shells. A kitchen filled with shattered coffee mugs and broken dinner plates. Walls, once painted beautiful shades, now pitch black from smoke. This is what many Iraqis are finding as they return to their hometowns recently liberated from ISIS. After months of living in crowded camps or apartments, they are excited… Read more
Their steps are faltered, their faces thin and drawn. The desperation in their eyes is almost palpable. “Mai, mai (water, water),” they plead. I’m surrounded by flattened buildings, crumbled cement, and bombed cars in Mosul’s old city. Armored Humvees drive by, on their way to the front lines. The only sounds are the thuds of… Read more
The atrocities of war continue to ravage the city of Mosul. Several people from our team, including two nurses, spent a few days with an organization at the frontlines, distributing food and water to internally displaced persons. They also helped at a Casualty Collection Point (CCP) site where medical aid is provided to those who… Read more
Last night after distributing blankets in a camp for people who had fled Mosul, we were getting ready to leave when we saw a lot of new arrivals—women and children sitting out in a dark, fenced area beside the road with fires going to warm themselves. It was cool and drizzling a little. We decided… Read more
Today we were very close to where Jonah of old preached within the city limits of Nineveh. Those awaiting their parcels of rice, flour, sugar, and oil stood in a quiet and orderly fashion as more folks appeared from broken places of refuge. The faces were kind but accented with fear, struggle, and need. With… Read more
A number of Iraqi families who were displaced by ISIS have settled into the mountains in the northern corner of Iraq, near the border with Iran. During the winter, this area can receive as much as three feet of snow. The 150 displaced families who live here were staying in tents but recently upgraded to… Read more
Turkey is a beautiful country where fertile fields lie between the snow-covered Taurus Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Seaside cities sprawl away from the rocky coastline of the Aegean and up to mountainsides covered with evergreen trees…