Syria Update :: March 2014

“The needs are unbelievable. So many people who have nothing are living with 20 other people in one house or small living space, and life here is expensive.”

Every Tuesday, families gather in Irbid, near the Syrian border, to receive distributions of food parcels that include items such as rice, tea, sugar, spaghetti, milk and cooking oil. The parcels will feed a family of five for 10-15 days.

Dikran Salbashian, pastor of New Life Church in Amman, says any amount of help is immeasurable to the refugees.

Salbashian notes the Jordanian government estimates 1.3 million Syrians have fled to Jordan, putting a strain on the country’s economic and social infrastructures. Most of the refugees who have settled in Irbid are seeking a better life than what is prevalent at the massive Saatari refugee camp on the border.

“This is a place where women are selling themselves for food,” he says. “It’s a desolate place of pain. You feel the hopelessness there. I’m hopeful that some are finding solace in what we can offer here.”

Convoy of Hope Europe wants to continue supporting the efforts of Pastor Salbashian. We are grateful for the help that we have received from many of you already. However, the needs persist and we cannot continue this work without additional help. Will you reach out again? Because of your donation, many will be helped and, maybe for the very first time, hear a message of hope and comfort. Thank you.

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