Farmer

By | Iraq, Refugee Relief

I am 40 years old and was a farmer in northern Syria. I had a combine which I loved using to harvest the wheat. After the fighting started in our area, fuel and food became very expensive and were hard to find.

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Escaping Syria

By | Iraq, Refugee Relief

I am a single woman who was living in a suburb of Damascus. Two weeks ago our neighborhood was shelled by both the Regime and FSA. My house was destroyed in the bombing. One of my cousins stayed inside the home, and when the bombs hit, my house collapsed on…

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My Friends Died

By | Iraq, Refugee Relief

I am 9 years old and from Qamishli, Syria. Life was great before the war. I loved playing basketball and soccer with my school friends. Two of my friends, who were 9 and 10 years old, were both killed from the war. This makes me very sad.

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Facing Giants

By | News, Refugee Relief

The refugee crisis caused by the war has unfolded to be the worst in 20 years with a potential to become worse. Despite the various opinions about what the US should or should not do in response to Chemical weapons use, as The Church on the earth today, we have…

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The Open Door

By | Iraq, News, Refugee Relief

Our work with Syrian refugees is progressing. The opportunity we have had to build relationships with Syrian refugees of Kurdish descent has changed their outlook on Islam and Christianity. Trust between us and them has created an opportunity for open dialogue.

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Hollow

By | Iraq, Refugee Relief

I live in this small tent on the corner here in the refugee camp. My children are with me and I am thankful we are all alive. We are safe now and I am thankful for that. We are starting a new life in the camp which is not easy.

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Rebranding America

By | Iraq, News, Refugee Relief

What does the American brand stand for, commercialization or liberty? The proliferation of America today is to have our brands on every corner rather than our ideals in every country. Freedom, liberty, and justice have been replaced by a $5 coffee with an idealistic message on the cup.

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Fleeing Damascus

By | Iraq, Refugee Relief

I love my city of Damascus but we had to flee. Damascus was in ruins the day we left. My husband’s work was bombed, our neighbors were killed in front of our children and the bodies left to rot in the streets. The police had no power to control the…

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I Was a Syrian Pilot

By | Iraq, Refugee Relief

I was a commander in the Syrian Air Force when the war started, however I am also an eye doctor. My duties included managing and dispatching three squadrons of aircraft. As the war developed, and the orders came down to bomb populated civilian areas, Syrian pilots began to defect. I…

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I Lost My Son

By | Iraq, Refugee Relief

One evening I sent my son to the store to buy some groceries. He was just 20 years old. He and a friend were kidnapped by the Regime. After accusations of helping the Free Syrian Army, they were tortured for two days and finally killed. Their bodies were dumped in…

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Journalist From Damascus

By | Iraq, Refugee Relief

I lived in Damascus and made a modest living in computer repair. When Assad began killing civilians and covering up the story, my friends and I stepped out to tell the real story of the war. We contacted an international news agency and used our computers through Skype to send…

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The Real Victims

By | Iraq, News, Refugee Relief

There isn’t much left of Syria today. The destruction to infrastructure is estimated in the billions, the economy has collapsed, and their currency has no value. The devastation to human life extends far beyond material items. Unfortunately both the Regime and Free Syrian Army have participated in the destruction of…

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I am just a mechanic

By | Iraq, Refugee Relief

Before the war, life was good. We weren’t rich, I was just a mechanic. We lived in a nice safe neighborhood. Then the war started, and the rebels came to town. Our neighborhood was bombed. They captured children, held them for ransom and forced us to pay money to get…

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