Church football team from 13 nations finances the 150th well for Afghanistan
November 1, 2018
Kurdish refugees draw fresh hope
September 13, 2016
Fruit for the Yezidi Children
December 17, 2018
Impressions gained from our trip
May 7, 2019
Udo and Sigi Stolte paid a visit to Kurdistan in North Iraq. They experienced both pleasant and shocking encounters.
First the pleasant encounters: Despite months of bad weather with flooding the Yazidi refugees in “our” camps were in good spirits. The reason: We have been able to provide them with fresh fruit and other urgent food supplies. In addition, the geese and chickens they had received for the purpose of breeding a year ago have offspring.
We were able to visit the town of Ba'adra, considered the political capital of the Yazidis, and distribute food there as well. The recipients responded with much joy and thanksgiving. But now we come to the horrifying encounters.
Geese distributed to Yazidi refugees a year ago
Increasing numbers of sex-slaves held by ISIS terrorists are now free and arriving in Ba'adra and the nearby Ba'adra camp. They are deeply traumatised as a result of the terrible abuse they suffered at the hands of “Islamic State” henchmen. A recently freed teenage girl simply lay on a sofa following medical treatment in a state of total apathy, unable to talk. Another young girl had to watch what the terrorists did to her family. The shock caused her to lose all her hair. Two years have gone by and her hair has not yet grown again.
Food for Yazidi Refugees - in particular, fresh
fruit for the kids.
Other girls and young women spoke of matters I do not wish to disclose here. This also applies to photos of the girls and young women concerned.
A small team from a local church have adopted the freed ISIS sex slaves. The team is training local women in dealing with trauma and providing them with materials to help the girls and women overcome their trauma. We are planning to participate in this project and would welcome donations.
We also came across traumatised men and boys. One eight year old boy, full of hatred, was acting extremely aggressively. He didn't want to stay in the camp but had in mind to get hold of weapons and take revenge.
One man was told that he could now return home because his town was now free from ISIS. His response: “Why should I return home? When the ISIS-terrorists attacked us they took 46 of us men captive. They killed 45 and I am the sole survivor.”
Such stories leave us speechless.
Now and again people ask me whether we don't want to give up in situations where everything is getting worse. But it is precisely these shocking stories full of unimaginable human suffering that motivate us to continue with this work. In this way we want to show these people that there is another way besides revenge, more violence or resignation.We want to give them new hope. Please help us in this endeavour.