Operation Blessing’s vice president of international operations, David Darg, is on the ground in Europe aiding refugees from Middle East nations fleeing life-threatening violence and persecution .
HUNGARY – Today in Munich I witnessed a story of hope out of the refugee crisis. While the journey is dangerous and the transit experience horrific for the refugees, every day thousands are arriving in Germany and resting their heads, having successfully pled asylum.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina – When water started coming into their home, Zanna and her family were devastated, knowing the amount of damage the floodwaters could cause and that they could possibly lose their home as a result.
IQUITOS, Peru – As a single mother in Peru, Maria worked hard to provide and care for her two children, but with a house on the verge of collapse that offered little protection from the wind and rain, she and her children lived in fear and little two-year-old Natalia, was often sick from the cold and wet condition of their home during the rainy season.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina – “My family and I woke up at 8 a.m. to rising water in our garage. By the time we were able to get out of our house, it was already waist deep. Basically we had thirty minutes to leave—we were able to take just a duffle bag of clothes and our dogs and we had to leave,” said Logan, a victim of the historic flooding in Columbia, South Carolina.
COLUMBIA, South Carolina – High tides, strong winds and torrential rainfall has left its mark on several cities with Columbia, South Carolina, receiving 25 inches of rain in certain areas and experiencing unprecedented flooding.
As the waters begin to recede, Operation Blessing’s U.S. Disaster Relief teams are on the ground in Columbia, meeting with local officials, assessing the damage and determining the greatest areas of need. The team also connected with regional church partners and local residents.
EUROPE – For Syrian and Iraqi refugees, a better life–one that is safe from life-threatening violence and persecution–lies ahead in nearby countries. It is a long and perilous journey, but for families under the constant threat of violence amid civil war and persecution at the hands of ISIS, it is a risk they are willing to take.
NEPAL – When the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal earlier this year, people across the nation lost loved ones, homes, businesses and nearly everything they owned—leaving them destitute and struggling to survive.
TENNESSEE – Since her husband left, Janette has struggled to provide for her four growing children. She lives with a friend to help make ends meet, but she’s been unable to find a job that also allows her to take care of her two-year-old son Ceberino.
Friends and family have chipped in to help Janette get through, but her finances have dwindled and it became harder and harder to put food on the table. It wasn’t long before her boys, Ernesto, 10, Isaac, 6, Marcus, 5, and little Ceberino, were going to bed hungry.
MIDDLE EAST – As conflict in the region continues, Syrian families are desperately searching for safety and shelter. Many are fleeing their homes in hopes of finding a new place to settle—a place where they can rebuild their lives and raise their children without fear of life-threatening violence or persecution.
JOSO, Japan – Over the past few days, Operation Blessing teams in Japan have delivered water, food, hygiene supplies, diapers, and more to survivors in emergency shelters in Joso, where floodwaters from a destroyed river levee covered over 20% of the city.
Thousands of homes have been destroyed with even more families displaced and local officials are still searching for missing persons.