Imagine being forced to flee everything you've known, you and your very young children, leaving your home just to stay alive. Could you face winter in a refugee camp? How would you keep your children warm with only a canvass tent between you and the bitter cold?
This is reality for mothers like Amira.
She was pregnant with her fourth child when the situation became too dangerous in her Syrian village. She and her husband made the difficult decision to pack up what they could and try to find a safer place for their young children. Soon they discovered that no place in Syria was safe, so they fled to the Jordanian border.
When the family finally reached the border, Amira’s brave husband sent them to safety but went back to help others. It was the last time Amira saw him. Soon after, she went into labor and was helped by a Jordanian medic who delivered her baby—several weeks too early.
Although Amira and her children were finally safe, they had nowhere to go and her newborn baby was not well. The refugee camp was already full. A Jordanian family took pity on her and offered her a room with no heat for the family to use. Others donated some sleeping mats and old blankets.
Today, Amira and her children are all sick. They have respiratory infections and the baby has a rash that makes her whimper in pain. The infant is still underweight and sickly. They have little to eat and rely on a local church to bring them food and supplies when they can. A nurse has come to check on the family and has promised to bring medicine—as soon as it is available.
Amira is only 28 but she looks much older. “We escaped the war in Syria, but what now?” she says. “My children and I are barely existing. We are all sick. We need help. I don’t know how much longer we can go on like this."
Because of friends like you, we were able to provide medicine to Amira and her family—and many others this year. Because of friends like you, we were able to show them God's love at a time when they most needed it.
As you read about Amira, consider how many others wait in these camps. Help us be there for them through our special year end campaign.