Help for Refugees

by Aktion Deutschland Hilft e.V.
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"When spring comes, we will be lucky enough to have at least six new lambs," says Sanam happily, gently patting one of the sheep on the back. When the single mother returned to her home town five years ago, she was left with nothing. Today she is a successful small business owner and makes the most popular ghee (clarified butter) in town.


Selected as one of 160 families

Sanam is Yazidi and lives with daughter Dilbreen and son Sorgol near the city of Sinjar in northern Iraq. The small family owns a total of 22 sheep and five goats. The family is able to make a living from the sale of the milk and the self-produced yoghurt. Sanam started with almost two dozen animals, some food and building material for a fence.
As one of 160 families, she was selected by our alliance organization ASB. Above all, the helpers wanted to help widows and people with disabilities with their program in Sinjar to be able to build a self-determined life after their return.

With 15 refugees in one tent

When the Islamic State (IS) attacked the city of Sinjar on the night of August 3, 2014, Sanam and her children had no choice but to flee: they left their house and their livestock behind. Her husband and her brother's sons were killed by IS. The family found shelter in Sardashte, where they stayed in a refugee camp.
They had to share a tent with another 15 refugees for three years. A return was not considered until 2017, when the Kurdish forces had liberated Sinjar from IS. But the once deserted hometown was hardly recognizable on arrival: "Almost all the houses had been destroyed or burned, the streets were devastated and the animals were stolen," recalls Sanam.

The best ghee in Sinjar
For the past two years, the ASB, one of our alliance organizations, has been supporting Sanam in expanding her small livestock business. In addition to preserved animals and material, she was able to attend a training course where she learned important basics about starting small businesses, animal husbandry and bookkeeping. Today, Sanam's products are very popular.
Her neighbor Nawaf, who sells agricultural products from the region in a small shop, is enthusiastic about her goods. "Sanam makes the best ghee in Sinjar," he says.


Sanam looks to the future with hope
"I'm very grateful that the ASB and Aktion Deutschland Hilft gives me this opportunity. Finally I don't have to worry anymore that my children have to go to sleep with an empty stomach," says the young mother. In the meantime, Sanam's business is doing so well that she can save a few things. At some point she would like to buy a piece of land and build a small house for herself and her children. "Although I miss my husband a lot, I look to the future with hope," says Sanam confidently today.
The ASB is part of the alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft.
 
  

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After war, persecution and trauma in their homeland, refugees experience kicks, beatings and humiliation at the EU’s external borders. Recent media reports document the renewed numerous illegal deportations from the EU at the Croatian-Bosnian border.

“The recent reports of violent push-backs are shocking to many, but just because this time they were captured on video. Around one third of all refugees who flee to the EU via the so called Balkan route come from Afghanistan and have experienced war, persecution and violence in their country. How can it be that these People, Families and women with infants in their arms, are being beaten out of the EU with batons? This violence is a failure of the local authorities, but also of the entire European Union. ” says a member organization of the alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft.

According to the International Organization for Migration, there are currently around 4,000 refugees in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with at least 1,100 of them reportedly staying in unofficial shelters. The actual number of refugees is likely significantly higher. In 2020 alone, the Danish Refugee Council documented around 16,000 cases of illegal push-backs across the Croatian-Bosnian border.

"With the help of our partner organizations, we distribute food, hygiene kits and drinking water along the escape routes in Bihac and Tuzla, and provide safe shelter for vulnerable people for a short time. But this is barely enough to meet the most basic needs of a few refugees," reports a member organization.

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A severe cholera outbreak has already cost 2000 people their lives. Especially in densely populated Refugee camps, the situation is being aggravated.

“For the people in the camps, in the northeast of the country, the risk of contracting cholera is particularly high. Families live crowded together in small tents and huts. They share water and facilities with many other people. In such an environment, cholera can quickly spread dramatically” says a member organization of the alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft.

In the small town Pulka, near the border by Cameroon, in the east of the country, the safety situation is tense. Around 40,000 people have fled here to seek safety from Islamist terrorist organizations. At the same time, few aid organizations are local to care for the refugees.

„In Pulka alone, 27 people have already died of cholera in recent weeks.” Explains, a member organization of the alliance. Through member organizations the alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft, distribute chlorine tablets to clean contaminated water, and people are being educated in training sessions about the routes of infection. Rehydration solutions are distributed to the sick to give them the minerals they need to get better. Every day, our staff spray a chlorine solution into the tents, houses and latrines to disinfect them.

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In South Sudan, almost two million people are on the run. A similar number of people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries.

Akul Pioth* is one of the millions of refugees. The young mother has three children. After an attack on her village by a local armed group, she lost almost all of her belongings. On the two-day march to the refugee camp in the town of Wau, her youngest child Arou Wol* got very ill.

Through the help of the Johanniter, a member organization of the alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft, the mother and her son were able to find help.
Immediately, the boy was admitted and treated at the Johanniter’s stabilization centre.

After the first few days of tension and worry, Akuol was able to laugh again. Her husband registered the family with the World Food Program for food aid. Camp residents showed the family where they could get further medical care, a safe place to stay, and food.

 

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Shortly before Christmas, a fire made the refugee shelter in Lipa, Bosnia-Herzegovina, uninhabitable. Now hundreds of people in the north of the country are trying to survive in the snow and cold in the forest. They are persevering in improvised shelters in sub-zero temperatures.

"The medical care of the people is a disaster," says a member organisation of the alliance Aktion Deutschland Hilft. Many refugees suffer from respiratory diseases and hypothermia, and many are in a mentally desolate condition."We have to help these people at the external border of the EU quickly, because the winter is currently freezing. They are in urgent need of our help!“ The member of the alliance continues. Several alliance organizations of Aktion Deutschland Hilft are now providing winter aid to the people around Camp Lipa: one member is financing medical consumables with which paramedics can care for the people. Others started their joint emergency aid with local partners in January and distributed warm and rainproof boots, sleeping bags, hygiene kits and ointments against skin diseases on site.

"We are doing everything we can to fulfill our humanitarian mission. We can't leave the refugees alone now," warns a member organisation of the alliance, who has been familiar with the region for 25 years.

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