We enter the raw concrete courtyard through a metal gate. Curious, barefooted children screech in excitement, then run to stand in the shadow of their grandparents.
Little puddles of water glisten in the sun—the floors have just been washed and aren’t yet dry. This home in a nearby refugee camp, a couple tiny rooms lining a small courtyard, is impeccably clean. So clean that it takes a minute to actually register the space.
There is almost nothing here.
This week, hundreds of Christians in northern Iraq celebrated Christmas in their own churches, for the first time in years.
Back in 2014, ISIS swept across the Nineveh plains, capturing town after town—including some of the oldest Christian communities in the world. ISIS persecution targeted Christians, Yazidis, Muslims, and others. No one was safe.
At Christmas, we tell the story of a Middle Eastern refugee who was born in a stable, whose family was then driven from their home by violence.
But we don’t just tell this story. We are seeing it play out again before our eyes.
On the outskirts of Mosul the other day, in a town just liberated from ISIS, we met thousands of Middle Eastern refugees… and we met them in a stable.
The Syrian army announced today that it has taken full control of Aleppo. This news came after 34,000 people still trapped in parts of the city were finally evacuated. Rebel forces held eastern Aleppo for over four years.
Here’s what you need to know about our response in Syria, in light of today’s breaking news...
Photo: Esther Havens
This is Samir with his beloved grandmother.
Samir was only 10 years old when the black-clad men arrived with their guns and their insults. He’d heard of them. He’d seen their flags and heard rumors of what they were doing to people.
Khadiha, a Syrian refugee, with a member of the Preemptive Love team in Iraq
Syria. Libya. Syria again. Then Iraq.
Circumstances have dropped Khadija and her family into three separate war zones.
A Syrian refugee, Khadija has a certain kind of boundless, creative energy. She is never still—even when visiting friends or enjoying lingering conversation over tea. There is always something in her hands, in the process of becoming.
The situation in and around Aleppo continues to develop rapidly. Thousands are still in desperate need—and you are showing up for them. Here is the latest on our emergency response for Aleppo families...