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Sending Help in their Darkest Hours

Field Report by Dina Sleiman

SYRIA – Thanks to you, Operation Blessing is able to rush relief to disaster and crisis situations. Whether the emergency results from natural causes, or man-made turmoil, you are sending help to victims in their darkest hours along with love and support.

When Turkish forces invaded Syria, Syrian families fled the conflict area with little beyond the clothes on their backs. Many poured over the border into the Kurdistan region of Iraq, while others remained trapped in Syria.

One aid worker said, “If you talk to people here…you will feel their sadness, their suffering. They’ve lost hope.”

Christians, Kurds, Yazidis and Muslims alike all left the area, looking for a safe place to take refuge from the turmoil. Immediately, you sent aid via our Kurdish partners, the Barzani Charity foundation. You provided food, water, blankets, shelter, hygiene kits and more to the weary refugees on both sides of the border. Together with Barzani, we shipped convoys full of supplies to those in need.

Operation Blessing’s Diego Travero explained, “Operation Blessing has been here since 2014. We originally came here because of ISIS attacking the minorities. We provided food, shelter, solar lamps and the most needed help thanks to you. And again they need our help. They need our prayers.”

Even after the official cease fire, the area remained dangerous and conflict-ridden. The Turks seemed intent on an ethnic cleansing. Before long hundreds of thousands were reported to have left the region in search of peace. And you have continued sending help their way.

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