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Humanitarian Crises…Looking Beyond the Grim Statistics

  As an aid worker, I am often tempted to throw in the towel when I am faced with humanitarian situations that seem irreparable. When I visit communities and interact with hopelessness, suffering, pain, lost dreams as a result of war, disease, and mostly bad governance, I often find myself sighing, “It’s too broken. It […]

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Syrian Children: Life as Refugees

According to research conducted by UNICEF, the number of children affected by the Syrian conflict has more than doubled from 2.3 million to more than 5.5 million since March of 2013. The number of Syrian child refugees has increased from 260,000 to more than 1.2 million. In many cases, refugee children’s lives are almost unrecognizable […]

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Syrian Refugee Voices

Understanding how Syrian refugees live is daunting. We don’t recognize their names, we don’t know the players, we can’t picture the places on the map. A recent assessment from Food for the Hungry’s (FH) partner in Lebanon, the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development (LSESD), in collaboration with the international children’s charity Viva, paints […]

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Homes for Syrian Refugees

According to the most recent United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) report there are now more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees displaced from their homes, with 936,861 Syrian refugees in Lebanon and 577,786 in Jordan. With bombings and chemical warfare happening in civilian Syrian communities, the majority of these refugees have lost loved ones […]

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You can help Syrians

These are troubling times in the neighborhood. As my friend left for Israel yesterday, she felt tense about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warning America to “expect everything” if the U.S. attacked Syria for its use of chemical weapons. A lot of people are feeling tense. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Monday that […]

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Meet a Father and Grandfather from Syria

Join me on a journey to the Syrian region—where my heart was broken by the horrors of war.  Meet the people living as refugees whose faces and stories tell of the suffering and loss  brought on from losing loved ones, homes and ways of life. Time after time, as I sat with Syrian refugees in […]

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A lost generation? Offering hope for Syria’s children

Last week I saw an image of a Syrian boy. It disturbed to me the point that I had to look away. For a moment, when I saw this 12-or-so-year-old child, he reminded me so much of my nephew. My nephew lets the others around him know how he feels. I have seen him upset, […]

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Pastor Jihad loving his enemies from Syria

I recently returned from the Middle East, where Food for the Hungry (FH) is serving those fleeing the Syrian civil war. In Beirut, I shared some strong Lebanese coffee with Pastor Jihad – a man who is ministering, and in fact, sacrificing prayer, time and money to care for his former enemies, the Syrians. This […]

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Welcoming refugees to our cities

After my second trip with Food for the Hungry (FH) to Uganda in 2007, I came home with a distinct feeling that I was suppose to work with the refugee population in Phoenix. I felt compelled to do something to help vulnerable people here when I wasn’t traveling to foreign countries for work. To quote […]

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Remembering refugees

Thirteen years ago, I traveled to the rugged, remote border of Ethiopia and Somalia. I met several people who had started life in Somalia, but for myriad reasons had lived for a time in Ethiopian refugee camps. And I met with many ethnic Somali families who led a nomadic lifestyle, herding cattle and goats. Nomadic […]

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