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Samira, Alia, and Layla’s Story: Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

Post a Comment » Written on December 17th, 2014     
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Week 6 Samira, Alia, and LaylaFACT:

The refugee camp in Lebanon is very crowded. Yet more people come every day, fleeing from the war and violence in their homeland of Syria. It’s nothing like the homes and apartments people are used to. There is food and water, some medical help, and a couple of hours of school offered each day.


Samira, Alia, and Layla are best friends. Samira and Alia are eleven years old, and Layla is ten. Layla says, “I was very scared and sad to leave my country and I didn’t want to leave but we had to  because of the bombing.” Alia feels sad about leaving Syria. For her it’s hard to come to a strange place and a strange country. “I don’t like living in a tent,” she says, “In winter the rain will fill the inside and we will have to go outside and wait for them to fix it.” Samira says, “I was so scared. I miss living in my beautiful house. All my cousins still live in Syria and
I cry always. I am afraid they will get hurt.”

Samira, Alia, and Layla do most of the chores like sweeping out the tent or washing the floors, dishes, and clothes because their older sisters are working in the fields. Mostly the girls love to play and talk with each other. Samira likes that Alia can always make her laugh. They don’t have toys but sometimes they play with a rope. All three girls are lucky that their parents send them to school a couple of hours each day. Otherwise they would never learn how to read and write.

When the electricity goes out at night, each family lights a candle and the family sits together. Because the camp is so crowded and they only have plastic or cloth for walls, it gets very loud at night. “I close my ears and try to sleep,” says Samira “but I feel upset and then my ears are hurting me.” When Layla has a bad dream she says she “runs to her mom and sleeps next to her.” She feels
safe with her mom and dad.


How is life for Samira, Alia, and Layla the same or different from your life? If you were in their situation, what would be the hardest thing for you? What are ways you have helped others? How does Jesus help us? Look at a map and find Syria and Lebanon.


Pray for the girls and all the children at the camp. Your offering will help Samira, Alia, and Layla along with the other children in the camp.


Weekly, we will be posting the materials from the Kids Helping Kids: Refugee curriculum for your ease on our blog. You can access this project and learn more here. On our website you will find helpful resources for these stories including a powerpoint, prayer cards, and maps. Give to this project here.

Gatwech and Nyayual’s Story: South Sudanese Refugees in Ethiopia

Post a Comment » Written on December 10th, 2014     
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Week 5 Gatwech and NyayualFACT:

Tierkitde, a camp in Ethiopia, hosts more than 37,000 South Sudanese refugees who came from the Upper Nile and Jonglei states of South Sudan. These refugees are mainly from the Nuer, Dinka, Shiluk, and Murlee tribes. The fighting has injured many of the refugees. They all lack basic needs.


Exploding bombs from the war in South Sudan left three-year-old Gatwech, his five-year-old sister Nyayual, and their mother, Mary, seriously injured. Everyone else in their family was killed.

United Nations workers took Gatwech, Nyayual, and their mother to a UN Mission hospital where they were treated for their injuries. Gatwech lost his ear and can only see out of one eye. Nyayual is still in shock and is deaf because the explosions destroyed her eardrums. After partially recovering from their injuries they had no home to go back to and decided to travel to Ethiopia. Mary, Gatwech, and Nyayual walked for two weeks until they arrived at the Ethiopian refugee camp, Tierkitde. Continue Reading »

Soman Naik’s Story: An Indian Refugee

Post a Comment » Written on December 5th, 2014     
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Week 4 Soman NaikFACT:

In India some tribal people were relocated forcibly because of religious persecution. These people are mistreated because they are different. Those with disabilities face an even greater challenge when they are displaced.


Soman Naik is a five-year-old boy. He and his parents were forced from their home and they fled to Bruhawadi in Odisha, India. They were forced out because they are Christians. This was not the end of their problems because Soman Naik has a minor mental disability. This causes trouble for the family. Soman Naik could not receive admission to any of the nearby schools because of his disability. He attended a Balwadi, a government-run nursery school for needy children. However the teacher made him sit separately in the corner of the classroom. Soman Naik was sad and discouraged and so were his parents. Continue Reading »

Mohammed’s Story–A Burmese Refugee

Post a Comment » Written on November 26th, 2014     
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Week 3 MohammedFACT:
While families are living as refugees, there is limited access to health and medical care, including basic cleanliness like a place to wash their hands. Lack of food and disease are common. Many children do not have access to life-saving medicines. Simple illnesses like diarrhea can become life threatening in a refugee camp because of the lack of access to basic health care.


Mohammed is four years old and weighs ten pounds. He has no clothes except for his red plaid shirt. He and his mother live in a straw hut. A team member spotted how thin he was and brought him to the clinic. Continue Reading »

Hassan’s Story–A Syrian Refugee in Lebanon

Post a Comment » Written on November 19th, 2014     
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Week 2 HasanFACT:

There are many places in the world where children have had to suddenly leave their home. Here are some of the places where your offering and prayers will help children.
• Burma—violence, ethnic conflict
• India—violence, religious persecution
• Iraq—violence, ethnic conflict
• Kenya—Congolese refugees (violence)
• South Sudan—violence, ethnic conflict
• Syria—violence


Hassan is two years old. He and his family are from Syria, but now they live in a tent in a small temporary camp in the country of Lebanon. They are refugees. Hassan and his family used to live together in an apartment in a city in Syria. But when war broke out, bombs were dropped on their neighborhood and people were getting hurt and killed. That’s when Hassan’s mom and dad decided to flee to Lebanon. Life as a refugee is not easy. Instead of an apartment, they live in a tent made of vinyl sheeting and wood posts. Instead of a shower, they take bucket baths. Their toilet is in a tiny metal  building outside their tent. It’s called a latrine. Yet in spite of being a refugee, Hassan is happy. He has both his mom and dad, food, and water. There are no loud bombs scaring him at night. His family says, “At least here [in Lebanon] we feel safe,” “we can sleep,” and “our children consider this [the tent] their home.” Continue Reading »