Iraqi Refugees Fleeing ISIS Terrorism Desperate for Help
As ISIS terrorism continues in Iraq, tens of thousands of refugees have already fled their hometowns and cities, with more running from the threat of attacks every day.
Hana Kareem is a Christian Refugee who says she and her family were forced to leave Qaraqosh. She vividly remembers, “We were sleeping around noon time when mortars started falling all around us. We were afraid so we prayed and then we left. My son was not able to eat or drink. He was traumatized.”
Shamo is a recent Christian convert who spent 8 days trapped on Sinjar Mountain. He says he witnessed terrorists kill 170 Yazidi men and take their wives and daughters away to be sold or used as sex slaves.
One former police officer took his family, including a newborn, to safety in Erbil after his city was seized. He says, “If we return to our village, they will kill us.”
All of these Iraqis and thousands like them found refuge in make-shift camps, schools, and abandoned office buildings. With scorching temperatures, medical emergencies, hard floors to sleep on, hungry babies, and dirty water-- the living conditions are brutal. So CBN Disaster Relief partnered with Iraqi Christians and organizations to help.
Operation Blessing’s Brian Scott was on the ground in Zhako assessing and meeting the refugee’s needs. He states, “Knowing that many Yazidis died on Mount Sinjar lacking clean water, we have taken the initiative to bring water tanks to the Yazidi people so they would have water on a daily basis in order to drink and survive.”
To combat a potential stomach virus outbreak, we provided a water filter system in Erbil.
“And we do these things in the name of Jesus Christ,” Brian Scott adds.
In Al Quosh, CBN provided mattresses, pillows, blankets, milk powder, and a refrigerator and freezer. One diabetic man was relieved because he had no refrigeration for his insulin and feared he would have a heart attack and die. He says, “I want to tell the Americans thank you so much!”
CBN has given food, clothes, and medical aid to countless refugees. But thousands still wait in need. Some say they’re ready to give up.
Levon Sarkes is a pharmacist helping the refugees. He says, “They are crying. We have to support them, and we are encouraging them that the world doesn’t end here because Jesus Christ has a plan for you and he loves you.”
That’s the message we were able to share with over 100 refugee children, when we showed them Superbook in their own Arabic language. It helped them to forget the sadness and terror that forced them from their homes and trust God.
Saif is a Superbook volunteer in Erbil. He says with a smile, “It’s so good and this film is so nice. Jesus is with the children all the time. “
The Iraqi refugees’ physical and spiritual needs are great. Shamo says he was attracted to Jesus because of the kindness and generosity of Christians. He asks that American Christians continue to help his people, “We don’t want to give our children or our women anymore. Please pray the Yazidis people to come to Christ just like me.”