Hundreds of thousands of defenseless families fled for their lives.
This disaster could have been much worse. The refugees were moved into a facility built during the ISIS crisis. With the basic infrastructure in place and quick response by the international community, additional senseless deaths were avoided, now we need to keep these families warm during the winter and help them to find solutions for the future.
As we are formulating plans with the Kurdish team on the ground, and we determined to focus on the needs of children and mothers. We are considering providing education supplies for the school that is about to open. With fresh fruit in short supply, they are exploring the possibility of delivering a truckload of fruit every week. They are also considering an idea given to me by a 6-year-old; building a playground.
One bright story that came to light during my brief trip. 15 years ago, my friends fled to Iran as refugees when Saddam started gassing and killing Kurds. 5 years ago, they helped families torn apart by ISIS. Today, they are opening their arms to refugees from a neighboring country. Now that’s development!
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