MCC, Syrian partners give light in a dark time

Jul 9, 2018 by and

In the old city of Aleppo, Syria, Ibrahim Nseir stands on the pile of rubble that used to be his church. The building where his congregation worshiped is now broken stones and dust. It’s a sunny day, the...

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Opinion: A prayer for Syria — freedom from fear

Jun 4, 2018 by and

“Fill me with your love, O Lord,” I say to myself as I breathe in. “And free me from fear,” I think on the exhale. I’m sitting in a black van, parked on the side of the highway in Syria. As I look...

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In poorly educated South Sudan, MCC builds up schools

Sep 12, 2016 by , and

RUMBEK, South Sudan — When South Sudan became an independent country in 2011, hopes were high and the future looked bright. But conflict broke out in 2013, and violence has ebbed and flowed since...

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From refugee to sponsor: a 40-year journey

Jun 27, 2016 by and

As a 5-year-old resting in her mother’s arms at the bottom of a boat crowded with refugees, Nhung Tran could not have imagined the life she’s living now. A life as a doctor in Canada. A life where she is...

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Syrian refugee in Canada: ‘I feel it’s my country now’

Mar 7, 2016 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — Though Yhya Al Kurdi doesn’t know much English yet, he enthusiasically says, “Hello, hello, hello!” to visitors to his apartment. It has been a long time since he has had a safe home...

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Canadians give couple the wedding they missed in Syria

Oct 16, 2015 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — When Brian Darweesh and Reem Younes got married, they were living as refugees in Lebanon. They left their homes in Syria fleeing violence and a threat on Darweesh’s life. Their wedding had...

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Lightening the load: providing relief and hope in Syria

Oct 12, 2015 by and

Every morning, before Samer al Laham goes to work, he checks to make sure it’s safe to go outside. That’s because in Syria there are some days when “people wake up in the morning and then see that there...

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With grants, MCC assists displaced in Iraq, Syria

Sep 14, 2015 by and

It’s been a year since Qasim left his home in Sinjar, Iraq. He was fleeing an advance by the Islamic State — the same advance that left tens of thousands of other Yazidis stranded in the mountains, trapped...

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Lasting ties in western Europe

Aug 31, 2015 by and

ENKENBACH, Germany — At the age of 85, Artur Regier vividly remembers the night he fled his family’s West Prussian farm. It was 1945, and he was 15 years old. With gunfire from the Russian army less than...

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Syrian in Switzerland quilts for homeland

Mar 16, 2015 by and

MUTTENZ, Switzerland — There is a difference of opinion when it comes to color choice in the quilting group at Brügg Mennonite Church. For Gulschin Ibrahim, the Swiss tendency to choose similar tones and...

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Canned meat provides drought relief

Feb 23, 2015 by and

Central America faced its worst drought in 40 years last summer when an El Niño weather pattern hit. The dry spell affected the first growing season between May and August, causing widespread crop loss. To...

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Dutch drop-in center a living room for the community

Dec 8, 2014 by and

ALMERE, Netherlands — Hans Blanken first visited the drop-in center in his neighborhood because he didn’t want to be rude. He had avoided Inloophuis de Ruimte because he didn’t understand what it was,...

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Relief and relationship

Sep 15, 2014 by and

About 70,000 of the more than 1.5 million South Sudanese displaced since December sought refuge at an Internally Displaced Persons camp in Awerial County, South Sudan. There they could find others who spoke...

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A safe place to play

Feb 3, 2014 by and

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — Four-year-old Oscar Yoadel loves the playground at his day care, Guarderia Samuelito. He runs endlessly back and forth across the brightly painted suspension bridge. With a big grin, he...

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