Middle East in Crisis!
The war and violence that have gripped a large swath of the Middle East have forced millions of people to flee from their homes in Syria and Iraq. In Syria’s ongoing civil war, more than 250,000 people have died, and approximately 12 million have lost their homes or fled because of violence. In Iraq, the takeover of the vicious terrorist group, ISIS, has left thousands homeless, unsure what the future holds for them.
An overwhelming majority of those affected by these conflicts are women and children. Almost all of them have been traumatized; many have seen people dying or have been wounded themselves by the fighting. In Iraq, thousands of women, some of them very young girls, have been kidnapped and sold as slaves.
CAM is working with a number of groups in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, Syria, and Iraq to bring food, mattress and other essentials to the refugees and displaced people in this time of tragedy.
The human suffering and the needs in the Middle East are huge. But these needs also present us with unique opportunities to be the hands and feet of Jesus in the Middle East.
We welcome your prayers and support for those who are suffering because of this crisis.
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....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...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...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....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...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...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...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...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...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...read more