There are currently 2 Million Syrian Refugees Spread Throughout Jordan, Turkey, and Northern Iraq.
As we walked with the Kurdish legal council representing the US in northern Iraq, we asked his opinion on the Syrian conflict. He said “it is an immense human tragedy caused by senseless brutality.” Brutality is the way of life in the Middle East.
Power is gained by brutality that breeds fear to suppress people. This is the tyranny of life Syrians live in. The Syrian war is not being fought by either party to liberate its people, but to gain power over them. Both sides, the Regime and the Free Syrian Army wear black hats. This is not a war of good versus evil, it is the struggle of two evil powers that use civilians as pawns in a human chess match.
Both sides are guilty of atrocious war crimes; torture of the innocent, raping women, stealing from homes to fund their war efforts, and of course senseless mass killings of civilians in cities throughout Syria. There are currently 2 million Syrian refugees spread throughout Jordan, Turkey and Northern Iraq. World Compassion has had ongoing work in Northern Iraq for over a decade. We have turned our attention and resource on relief efforts of the 200,000 Syrian refugees now existing in Northern Iraq region. Refugee relief is never about the numbers. Each life represents a tragic story awaiting provision and healing. Here is just one story that represents so many:
“I was working in a restaurant in Damascus as a chef. It was a nice job that I enjoyed. One evening I was walking home with friends, the Regime captured us for no reason. There were about 15 of us, men, women and children. They took our ID. We were told that we were being sent to pick up a dead body for the Regime. They tricked us. As we drove to the location, a military truck pulled alongside, with a gun turret on the back. The regime soldier fired unmercifully into the car killing everyone but me. I am the only one who escaped alive when I fell out of the car door. My arm was shattered from the gun shots as I fled.
They killed everyone in the car, including women and children. They lied to our community saying we we were part of the Free Syrian Army. They killed us as an example, stating “this will happen to you if you support the rebels. ” We weren’t supporting anyone, I was simply going home from work. In our neighborhood, bodies laid for days in the streets as warning of intimidation. We saw dogs eating the organs out of dead bodies. It was a tragic sight. I am thankful to be at the refugee camp in Northern Iraq. I love my tent. My tent is like the home with five floors, just because its safe.”
It is a time for The Body of Christ to rally and meet the urgent needs of the Syrian refugees. The Minister of the Interior Kareem Sinjari of the Kurdish Regional Government stated that “we will protect Christians and not allow radical Islam.
“We will protect Christians and not allow radical Islam.”
-Karim Sinjari, Minister of the Interior of the KRG
There Is a Great Door of Opportunity
World Compassion is strategically positioned to act on your behalf in Northern Iraq. We have developed ongoing work in Syrian refugee camps and invite you to join in this important work.
This is an opportunity to join other active Christians, in America and in Iraq, to participate in an initiative that could very well see revival explode in the Middle East through our partnership.
World Compassion takes a systematic approach to administering humanitarian relief and presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ. We partner with local church pastors in Northern Iraq to distribute food on a monthly basis. The event provides an opportunity to preach the gospel of Jesus and distribute Bibles with each food delivery. Throughout the month, our local pastors in Iraq visit the camps for ongoing ministry, and the establishment of Bible studies that can grow into house churches.
A sustained move of God never comes from a one time event, rather the ongoing support of those in need. The consistent gift of food provides the opportunity to teach the word of God on an ongoing basis, while exampling the love of Christ in action. We need your help in sustaining and expanding this outreach.