Dec 16, 2019

A new chance in a lost childhood

Aadil can smile again (Copyright: Islamic Relief)
Aadil can smile again (Copyright: Islamic Relief)

Within eight years, the power of the Syrian civil war has destroyed entire cities and thousands of human lives. It has brought hunger and suffering to the innocent civilian population.

The children, born during this war do not know neither a life in peace, nor the warm feeling of a cosy home. Many of their houses have been destroyed. Families are still fleeing to save their lives. Amongst them is Aadil*. He is ten years old now and has been living in a refugee camp near the Syrian-Turkey border since the day when he lost his family.

Aadil* used to live in Damaskus. When the crisis started, his family moved to a village near Idlib. He was six years old when the war also met Idlib with its full power. The family fled again. The boy remembers his family running across fields at night, trying to get some sleep under olive trees. And he also remembers the explosion of a rocket that killed his mother and his five-year-old brother. It seriously injured himself and changed his live forever.

When he was found, the doctors amputated his leg in order to safe his live. With the help of a prosthesis, Aadil* now slowly returns to normal. He attends fourth grade at school which is based in the camp. Aadil* says proudly: “ I can run and run, I love that so much!” He is happy to be safe, although he lost his family in this terrible war. His future dream is to become a doctor, because he wants to help other people with prosthetic legs.

The alliance organization Islamic Relief supports health facilities in Syria and accompanied Aadil* on his recovery path. Since 2011 the Alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft has been helping people who fled from Syria and neighboring countries. They work together with local partners, as well as international organizations. They bring hope back to people who thought, they would never be happy again.

With your donation, our member organization can provide help to refugees from Syria. Thank you for making this help possible.

*Name changed

Finally able to walk (Copyright: Islamic Relief)
Finally able to walk (Copyright: Islamic Relief)
Dec 16, 2019

Gisma's way of helping others

Copyright: Johanniter/Lambert Coleman
Copyright: Johanniter/Lambert Coleman

Since December 2013, the lives of South Sudanese civilians are extremely threatened by the continuous war. Up to seven million women, men and children do not know how to satisfy their hunger. As a result, from long-lasting starvation, desperation and fear they flee from the place they once called home.

Gisma is one of thousands Sudanese who left her village. Being a mother of four children, she did not see another option for her family in order to survive. Luckily, with their very last strength and without any personal belongings, the family made it to a refugee camp in the city of Wau, where their despair was turned into hope again.

The Johanniter, a member of the German alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft is running a program here to enhance the nutrition status of malnourished children, mothers and pregnant or breastfeeding women, improving hygiene practices and providing basic medical care.

In contrary to many women in the camp Gisma knows about the importance of health, hygiene and nutrition very well.  On a voluntary basis she supports the Johanniter. She passes on her knowledge from mother to mother in order to protect them and their kids from severe illnesses and malnutrition. She also checks the children’s physical conditions with the help of a so-called hunger-bracelet.

However, with her work Gisma does not only give hope to others but it allows her to regain courage herself, as many endangered lives can be saved due to her and her co-workers advice. Until there is finally peace in South Sudan and Gisma can start a more promising life with her family, she will continue to pass on her strength and knowledge to other mothers.

Thank you very much for supporting these relief efforts with your donation.

Copyright: Johanniter/Lambert Coleman
Copyright: Johanniter/Lambert Coleman
Aug 12, 2019

Use against measles in Southern Sudan

Educating people about measles
Educating people about measles

The situation in Southern Sudan remains serious: The fighting between hostile groups continues, forcing 1.9 million people to flee within the country. Nearly seven million people do not have enough to eat. That is more than 60 percent of the population. Since the beginning of the year, measles has also broken out in various parts of the country.

Johanniter, the alliance organisation of Aktion Deutschland Hilft, wants to alleviate people's suffering. With eight international organisations and the Ministry of Health, the relief organisation is taking part in a vaccination campaign. The rate of routine vaccinations is low in Southern Sudan. This is why many people are susceptible to infectious diseases - especially in areas where there is food shortage. If the immune system is already weakened, for example due to lack of nutrition, measles can be life-threatening. Children and people in refugee camps are particularly at risk as diseases spread rapidly in confined spaces.

In a nearby refugee camp and surrounding communities, more than 23,000 children between six months and five years have received measles vaccination. It is a first and crucial step to contain the epidemic and prevent its spreading. Our member organisation „Johanniter“ also take care of those who have already contracted the disease. The highly infectious patients are cared for in isolation wards around the clock. The National Ministry of Health and other partners have supported the relief organisation in equipping the isolation ward. In addition, Southern Sudanese staff are educating people about measles and are looking for further cases of disease in the surrounding communities. In this way, they ensure that infected people find their way into the facility.

Thank you very much for your donation.

Refugee Camp in Southern Sudan
Refugee Camp in Southern Sudan
 
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