This month, we’re serving hundreds of families in a remote area west of Mosul. They are caught up in the fight against ISIS in a part of Iraq controlled mainly by Shia militias. No other organizations have been able to reach these families, not even the UN. But you lean into the hard places, for families like these…
Abu Haythem and Abu Abdallah used to be some of the richest men around, though you’d never guess that if you’d met them in the line of men receiving relief aid, here in this remote part of Iraq. Humble, traditional, and tribal, they live the same migratory, shepherd lifestyle as their ancestors. They have a reputation for respecting all, regardless of a person’s faith.
Their wealth and status were tied up in their vast herds of livestock—sheep, cattle, and camels.
But the war with ISIS, their ensuing displacement, and the abrupt end to their traditional lifestyle stripped those things away.