The Civil War in Syria is currently in its seventh year and even now we are seeing an escalation of conflict on a number of fronts. Many of those affected by this tragedy are also the most vulnerable, namely children, women (who are often pregnant), and the elderly. Many of Syria’s major cities have been destroyed and the photos that we see coming from inside the country are reminiscent of Germany after the Second World War.
The United Nations now estimates that more than 13 million people from Syria are in desperate need humanitarian assistance. From this number about 5.6 million Syrians have fled the country and are now trying to build new lives in neighboring countries. World Relief Germany has been blessed to help a number of these refugees through programs that provide opportunities for families to heal from the wounds of war and to see their families become strong again. World Relief Germany has also been able to focus on working with children to help them better integrate into a new life in a foreign country and find the educational and emotional support that is necessary to thrive.
In addition to those who have fled Syria there are still more than 6 million people displaced within the country itself. Those who have remained face difficulties without number but even amidst he challenges there are stories of hope and joy. One such story is that of Mariam. When the war started she saw the large numbers of internally displaced persons arrive in her town. She said, “When I saw these refugees coming, I knew that somehow I had to help. They had no place to live and nothing to eat. When I saw this, I said to myself that I needed to do something.” So, Mariam opened her doors to those in need and now she has over 30 people living in her small home.