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
Middle East in Crisis!
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…
Thousands of people who had been trapped in Aleppo, Syria, living in despair and fear, have been able to flee in recent weeks. Many are fleeing to wherever they can—to safer places inside Syria or to Jordan, Turkey or Lebanon. Some who fled are arriving in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, where thousands of refugees have already… Read more
I stand on the mound of dirt and scan the scene in front of me. Vehicles, a whole assortment of them, parked in rows, covered in layers of dust. Cars, trucks, vans, even an old tractor and wagon, all sitting there, abandoned. On some of them, a white strip of cloth still hangs dejectedly. What… Read more
Clouds of dust blew in from the southern part of the country last week, obscuring the sky and lowering visibility to a few hundred feet. Following the dust came torrential rains that cleared the air but caused the streets to run with muddy water and left us with chilly weather. It was such a blessing… 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.
The Islamic State (ISIS) has occupied Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, since June 2014. Now Iraqi forces, along with several of their allies, are fighting to take back the city. Outlying villages that had been taken over by ISIS have been reclaimed by the Iraqi army. But ISIS is putting up stiff resistance, using suicide… Read more
The Islamic State (ISIS) has occupied Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, since June 2014. Now Iraqi forces, along with several of their allies, are preparing to take back the city.
From: CAM staff member in Jordan For refugees living in camps, summer is a very trying time of the year. In some places, the camps are located in the desert with no protection from the elements. Refugees live in small metal huts or containers with no air conditioning, no trees for shade, and no grass… Read more
An elderly Syrian woman needed to flee to Turkey because of the war in her home country. She is unable to work and struggles to survive. When she received a package of food, she said, “Last night I opened my hands in prayer and said, ‘O God, I’m hungry and sick. Have mercy on me.’… Read more
The Middle East, that teeming region at the center of history, continues to draw the eyes of the world by violence, conflict, and tension. Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war four and a half years ago, Christian Aid Ministries has been deeply involved in bringing aid and comfort to refugees from both Syria… Read more
The stories of Syrian refugees are stories of shattered dreams and broken lives. High school students forced to flee the conflict in Syria left behind their dreams of higher education. Young children pulled out of Syrian schools will struggle to read, write, and do basic math because of the interruption. Some of these children have… Read more
For Syrian refugees living in tents and makeshift shacks, the winter storms scouring the Middle East are deadly. Heavy snow weighs down the roofs of tents and can cause the shelters to collapse. Rain leaks through roofs and soaks flooring, mattresses, and blankets. High winds and blizzards send frigid air through cracks and canvas. Several… Read more