Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!

by Pomoc deci
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Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!
Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!
Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!
Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!
Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!
Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!
Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!
Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!
Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!
Aya's and Naya's sunny valley, clouds and home...
Aya's and Naya's sunny valley, clouds and home...

Behind the far away hills, in a peaceful valley full of flowers and lush trees, along the calm river, there is a small house with a red door and red windows. One can almost smell family love and warmth in it. Sun is shining over the house every day. The birds fly freely in the bright sky. Everyone who has seen that house wants to live in it. But it is the home of the Syrian girls, Aya and her baby sister Naya.

In the sunny days they used to play in the green valley along the river. That certain moment of carefree childhood would be never forgotten. Now it is sealed in a drawing on the wall of the playroom in a refugee camp in Krnjaca, near Belgrade, capital of Serbia.

Aya is the only one young “artist” who has signed her painting in the white clouds over beloved home. She and her sister Naya will always be there to take care. Walls of the playing room in the refugee camp are covered all over with the drawing massages. Children fulfilled white papers with picturesque symbols of love and peace.

On the long trip from home there are places such as Krnjaca refugee camp where they are leaving part of their hearts. It is for all of us to remember, to be there with helping hands, to spread the message to the people who can help them. Not just to survive, but to have a peaceful place to live and grow.

Every day in the Krnjaca camp there are still about thirty children, says Rade Ciric, Head of the refugee camp. According to the new political decision about refugee rights in seeking the asylum in the European countries, there are many families who are stuck in the Balkans route to Europe. The official records state that there are about 2,000 of them.

Five-year old Muhamed, his younger brother Mamun and their baby sister Arba are the newest residents in Krnjaca. When we met them, two little boys were playing with each other in the camp halls. Taking the photo was a new game for them. It was just enough for the joyful smile. More than a year ago their family left Damascus. For some time they lived in Lebanon and Turkey. They travelled to Germany to meet their cousins there, but they were sent back from Croatia border. They didn’t know how long they have to wait for another try to cross the border.

This winter Pomoc deci has provided winter jackets, warm shoes and hygiene items for the children from Syria. We also provided sleeping bags, tents, first aid kits and organized volunteer psycho-social assistance to the families. But it we see that it is not enough!

Join us in our Programme Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!” Let us help together those children to survive, to grow in a safe place. Warm clothing, a blanket, a toy ... just for one child could be our message that we think of them, that they are not alone along the long dangerous road.

Together we could do more, so please support us to help children in need! Saving their lives, health and providing humanitarian assistance to their families during their long journey to safety, we are helping both refugees and the authorities in all the countries they are in.

Please donate whatever you can and be one of us who would be happy to help as many refugee children as possible!

A biscuit in a hand brings a smile to Mamun's face
A biscuit in a hand brings a smile to Mamun's face

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"Run and save yourself, cried my Dad!", says Abdul
"Run and save yourself, cried my Dad!", says Abdul

A little Abdul F., a ten-year-old boy, cried every night. During nightmares he was calling for his mom and dad. He went alone from Syria, as the youngest son of a Syrian family. Abdul walked on foot about 2,500 kilometers from Damascus to Belgrade. It took him more than four months to reach the capital of Serbia.

"My dad just said ‘Run my son, save yourself!’ My parents remained in Damascus to take care of my brothers and sisters. My father told me to go to Germany and he would find me there”, said this brave boy.

He is missing his family. "I'm afraid bombs might kill them. In my country is a war, it's horrible. I keep asking myself whether I would see them again. And if I get to Germany, would they manage to find me there," said Abdul.

Older refugees kept an eye on Abdul and took care of him along the road. They say he was scared. He got sick with high fever in Greece. They tried to reach his parents, but they failed. Nobody answered, and they were afraid what might have happened to the boy’s family. "My heart breaks when I hear him sobbing during the night" said one of Abdul’s older companions.

“I went through disaster before I got here! But the worst part was when we were in Macedonia and tried to enter Serbia. The police have pushed people and beaten us, people were falling down, the children were crying. In my life I was never scared like that", said Abdul.

According to the official register, about 15,000 children between 7 and 18 years old arrived to Serbia. And it was only in the first half of the year. Among them, 4,000 children were without their parents. Having in mind that there were many children who were not registered, the number of young, lonely refugees is much higher.

Now, cold days have come. Refugees constantly keep coming to Serbia. Every day about 5,000 people fleeing from Asia are still crossing the border. Among them, more than a thousand children at any given time. Many are orphans. Some are lost on the muddy road, and the UNHCR and the Red Cross are trying to connect them with their families. Others, like Abdul, are alone, without their parents all along the unknown road. Some children have remained in Serbia and started going to school.

So far, we have provided winter jackets, warm shoes and hygiene items, worth about 900 Euros for children from Syria. But much more is needed. We are trying to raise funds and donations from every possible source.

Join us in our efforts and support our project “Let's Help Syrian Refugee Children in Serbia Now!” Let us help together those children to survive, to be safe. Warm clothing, a blanket, a toy ... just for one child, could be more than a valuable holiday season’s gift. At the same time, any little thing for young Syrian refugees is our message that we think of them, that they are not alone.

If you choose to donate for four consecutive months and make a recurring donation to this project starting before December the 31st, we will receive an extra donation worth your monthly amount (up to $200) from GlobalGiving.org!

Pomoc deci warmly appreciates any of your future donations. Please donate whatever you can and be one of us who are happy to help as many refugee children as possible! 

Let’s have a wish come true, as John Lennon sang:“Imagine all the people/Living life in peace…/You may say I’m a dreamer/But I’m not the only one/ I hope someday you’ll join us/And the world will be as one”.

Our team wishes you Happy Holidays and the very best in the New Year!

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Location: Belgrade, Serbia - Serbia
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Donka Banovic
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