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Supporting Assyrian Christians refugees

“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” (1 John 3:17)

Obeying Gods’ Word, LHM—Lebanon, also known as Middle East Lutheran Ministry (MELM), continues to reach out to both Syrian and Iraqi refugees through food packages helping in fulfilling the need.

The towns of Khabur (called ‘Khaboor’ in Arabic) are mainly Assyrian Christians towns. They are located around the agricultural area surrounding the River Khabur which originates in Turkey, passes through Syria before joining the Euphrates and going to Iraq.

Chantal, an Assyrian women, was waiting in line to receive aid from the Lutheran Ministry when she told us that, “We left our home with all our belongings. We left in our pajamas as everything happened so quickly”. It was clear to us that the displacement left her traumatized.

She is not alone – thousands of Assyrians have been forced to abandon their villages along Khabur River since ISIS jihadists began their attack on the region. The atrocities that were committed by ISIS were beyond all understanding. Many of the refugees are still affected psychologically by what happened especially the women who all know of other females that were enslaved for sex.

We heard many stories from the Christian Iraqi refugees that reveal the traumatic experiences that they faced while they fled from the criminal atrocities of ISIS. The group has seized at least 11 of the 33 Assyrian villages in the region, and kidnapped more than 200 members of the ancient Christian sect, which numbered around 30,000 in Syria before the war. The villages of Khabur are empty now, there is no one left.

Most are seeking to be resettled in the West to be able to provide a better future for their families. They are very pessimistic about returning to their own home. Their exile is permanent. “Islamic State is in my village, and I’ll never go back to Iraq,” one of them told us.

MELM noticed their suffering and observed their needs and prepared holistic support packages for three hundred Iraqi families and their children. Each family received 3 kg of rice, 3 kg of wheat groats (bergol), 2 kg of sugar, 2 liters of oil, tomato sauce, 4 potions of pasta, 2 portion of Tuna fish, 2 portions of sardine, 2 portions of cheese, meat cans, Halawa, Foul, beans and salt.

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Evangelizing Event

House visits to Iraqi Refugees

Reaching Out Syrian Refugee Women

IMG-20150716-WA0016IMG-20150716-WA0008IMG-20150716-WA0006IMAG2920IMAG2901IMAG2899IMAG28841 Khabur river region

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