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In Iraq: Safe but Without a Home

In Iraq: Safe but Without a Home

"You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety." -- Job 11:18

Two-year-old Nabaa’s family fled their home when ISIS troops occupied their city.

The family of six had no time to make preparations because the city’s seizure happened so quickly. There was no safe way to exit. There was no time to save money for the move to a bigger city.

Nabaa’s dad worked as a guard in a power plant, but this previous income was not enough to afford even a small room in Erbil.

The family now lives in a refugee camp.

“We were very scared from the dramatic and horrific situation in our region,” Nabaa’s mother said, adding, “We were trapped with many citizens there. Certainly, we were living in a very bad conditions, includes suffering from the lack in services and a very low access to health care.”

But the family has found hope through World Help’s distribution of FMSC meals.

Nabaa, who suffered from undernourishment, is slowly returning to health through a consistent diet of MannaPack meals.

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"Now we may be safe in Erbil, but we are also officially homeless in our own country."

Nabaa's mother

The Situation in Iraq: In World Help’s Own Words

The people of Iraq are weary. For more than 10 years their nation has been at war, either with other nations or with rebels within their own country. 

Thousands of homes have been destroyed, and the constant threat of violence has forced countless families to flee to refugee camps.

Parents struggle to find work and provide for their children since most businesses have closed their doors due to the fighting. Without a source of income, families must depend upon the kindness of others to keep from starving.

The refugee camps are frequently overcrowded, and there is rarely enough food to go around. 

When government aid trucks arrive, the refugees stand in line for hours hoping for a small bag of rice or beans. But the food often runs out before everyone receives a share.

Rationing and skipping meals have become a normal part of life.

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Please pray that the power of food will continue to reach the tough places, where children deserve to not only survive, but to dream for a future. 

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