An Update from Bardarash refugee camp in Northern Iraq:
Dareen had her own home, a reliable income, and children in school. Now she lives in a leaking tent in Bardarash camp, which recently re-opened to shelter refugees fleeing the latest wave of violence in north-eastern Syria.
“We were a happy family with a steady job and our own house,” says the mother-of-eight, explaining that her husband earned a decent living from the shop he owned.
“Overnight, everything changed. We left all our memories with our house, our possessions and clothes. My children dropped out of their schools. We went out into an unknown future.”
“We dealt with [people] smugglers to move us to the Kurdistan region [of Iraq]. We paid $200 for each family member – $1,400 in total.”
Dareen, 40, and her family traveled for three days. They walked long distances with only biscuits and water to sustain them before finally crossing the border into the autonomous region.
They were then moved to Bardarash refugee camp, near Dohuk city. Newly re-opened, the camp shelters over 11,000 people that have fled a recent escalation of violence in north-eastern Syria.
“When we reached the camp, we received rice and sugar. We still desperately need other food like cooking oil and flour, as well as medicines, hygiene items, and [things] like heaters,” says Dareen, who now faces a grim winter in a leaking nylon tent.
Mosa, 61, also lives in the camp. He and his family first fled the violence in Syria in 2014, after an intense bombardment that cost his wife her hearing...When the security situation deteriorated...they were once more forced to leave everything behind – including his wife’s hearing aids – to seek safety in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.
“We need more support especially food, water, medicine. Our situation is miserable, I don’t have money to purchase medical spray for [my inhaler],” says Mosa, who needs the medicine to treat his asthma.
- Mike, our missionary who travels to Northern Iraq, is finding open doors for ministry to Syrian refugees fleeing attacks from Turkey.
Please pray for:
- For God to draw the refugees to salvation in Him - "No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day." John 6:44
- Provision for Mike and his local church partners to be able to minister to the refugees effectively. When finances permit, they go into the camps with blankets, food, heating oil, and other provisions.