In the midst of the Syrian crisis, Indianapolis local and WWII refugee Dr. Joseph Wernicke penned a positive note to a 12-year-old refugee, Shadi. Wernicke was contacted by CARE to write the inspirational letter as a former refugee.
CARE is on the ground assisting many of the 2 million refugees who have fled Syria, where armed conflict has affected more than 8.8 million people, half of whom are children. There’s no end to the conflict in sight.
CARE asked a group of former World War II refugees, now living in the U.S. to send letters of encouragement to Syrian refugee children living in Jordan.
Chicago Tribune: In 1948, this WWII refugee got a CARE package from America. Last month, he paid it back
Gunter Nitsch is proof that for many former refugees, life gets better. That’s why the 78-year-old Chicago resident wrote a letter to a Zaher, an 8-year-old Syrian refugee, he’s never met before.
Those are the opening words of a letter handwritten by Helga Kissell, 87 years old. She was writing to Sajeda, a 16-year-old Syrian refugee.
The two have never met, have generations between them but have one major thing in common: they both know the pains of life as a refugee.
Just as the world’s leaders committed themselves to get aid delivered to millions of Syrians in need, aid agencies warn that this has been one of the worst months on record with many reports of indiscriminate attacks on aid and civilians.
CARE: “Cessation of hostilities” welcome, but at what price?
AMMAN (February 10, 2016): CARE, the global humanitarian organization, is mobilizing additional supplies to assist civilians trapped in the on-going conflict in Syria, which has escalated in recent weeks with military advances on major centers held by opposition forces.
CARE, NRC and RFSAN (FAO, iMMAP) release “The Forgotten South: Food Security and Livelihoods in southern Syria”