Syria Needs Your Help

Dear friends,

The need for organizations like Global Refuge has become overwhelming in recent times. Conflicts in Congo, Syria, S. Sudan and Iraq have created massive areas of neglect and displacement. We want to highlight the people suffering in these situations and the life-bringing help that can be given when we choose to join together and act. 

Over the next few weeks we will be presenting needs and victories from these countries and we encourage you to get involved in whichever situation tugs at your heart.

The following is a letter from a woman living as a displaced person in her home country of Syria. We will call her Mona to protect her identity. She has a college degree, was a teacher at a university and has seen the worst of the war. She is currently living in a monastery in Northwest Syria.

"The war began in Aleppo in 2012, and a lot of things changed. Because we are Christian girls and we scared from DAESH (ISIS) and others to kidnap us.

The situation is very difficult for everyone in terms of living, because there is no water, no electricity and sometimes no food, material terms because of the high prices of goods, and psychologically feeling depressed because we are losing our friends and others in snipers shooting and kidnapping.

But despite that and through helping each other and the love that brought us, we are able to live together with joy and share with each other to provide assistance to others, we are able to offer assistance to many people who have no food, and children who could not go to school because most of the schools at the beginning of the war filled with refugees, and we were helping in the church service.

The war is horrible. We could not imagine that what we saw on the television about wars was something we were going to live and experience.

On January 2013 a large explosion occurred at the University of Aleppo, this day could not be forgotten in all its details of waking up at 6:30 AM until I was in the hospital room. Actually, I was not able to sleep at all as I was thinking about my friends who lost their lives especially one of the sisters who had disappeared right after the missile’s explosion. My injury was with a burnt fragment of a missile passed through my shoulder until it reaches my lungs. I am very thankful to God that such part was very close to my spinal cord and it didn't reach over, as well as there had been close family, friends, sisters and priests.

Ten days later, I exited from the hospital; however, I couldn't leave the monastery for a month as my wound took much longer than expected because of the severe cold weather ,given the fact that there had been no electricity.

Also, I was so scared going outside as there had been always the loud voice of war planes.We would thank God as he was protecting us from evil problems. In fact, The Lord has always been there for us.

Every day when we are going out of the monastery we pray and ask the Lord to return unharmed. We pray and ask the Lord to protect our homeland and to protect us from all the things possible that occur in war (the explosion, the gunman entry, etc.)

We have to be steadfast in our faith that gives us strength in order to be able we complete our lives, despite all the difficulties."

“If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” ROMANS 8:31

So much attention has been placed on the refugees leaving Syria for Europe, but many (like Mona) cannot leave and are stuck in a much worse place.  Their future is very dark right now, but with your help we can be a force of light in their lives. Working in these areas is very difficult and expensive, but GRI has been aiding people in Syria and Lebanon since the summer of 2013. We are currently providing food and medicine; specifically antibiotics, cardiac and diabetic medications, to displaced people in areas of Syria under ISIS control. 

Please help us.

GRI Staff