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Niamh, our Marketing and Communications Manager reflects on her time in Jordan

Niamh, our Marketing and Communications Manager reflects on her time in Jordan – 7 Jun 2017

I first want to say thank you – you are such a valuable part of Tearfund Ireland and all we do to bring the light of Christ to places where suffering is deeply felt. Our work matters to you and that’s why I am writing to tell you about my recent trip to Jordan in the Middle East. While some stories are deeply tragic, I know it will encourage you to hear what God is doing through Tearfund Ireland and how you can support our work. Jordan currently hosts a staggering 1½ million Syrian refugees – for a population of nine million that’s a huge kindness. Yet the suffering each refugee has endured can never be quantified. Almost all are mourning a family member or close friend, added to the loss of their home and country.

On my visit, I met an extremely courageous woman named Jaydah. She explained how, one morning, shortly after kissing her 12-year-old son goodbye, she heard an explosion and ran out to the street. First she found the body of her husband, followed by the bodies of her brother and the son she had just kissed. She wept as she described how their bodies were strewn on the pavement. Her 17-year-old son was also caught up in the explosion and his leg was badly injured. She tried to get him help, but he lost his leg. He sat next to her, staring at the ground, as she told their story. He didn’t go outside their apartment for over a year after they moved to Jordan. The trauma and grief overwhelmed him.

Ordinary Syrians like them are hurting the most in this conflict. Recently, Jaydah participated in a series of counselling sessions, which enabled her to open up for the first time about her experiences. The sessions are run by a local Tearfund partner, so local Jordanian volunteers are the trained facilitators. It is especially helpful for women like Jaydah to be cared for in this way by Jordanians as it helps them feel welcomed in Jordan.

During my visit, I also went to see a cash distribution to Syrian refugee women soon to give birth. Cash grants enable them to have their babies in one of Jordan’s hospitals and travel to and from hospital. It costs roughly €19 to ensure a mum in labour can cover the taxi fare of getting to hospital.

Now in its seventh year, the Syrian crisis has been going on longer than anyone could have imagined.

Tearfund Ireland is also responding to the crisis in South Sudan where famine was declared in February. Across East Africa it is estimated that 16 million people are in urgent need of food and safe water.
These crises are complex and require long term commitment.

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Please also keep this crisis in your prayers. Let’s ask our Heavenly Father to comfort and provide for the 65.3 million people around the world who are refugees. Thank you so much for your support.

Yours in Christ,

Niamh Daly
Marketing and Communications Manager
Tearfund Ireland

Photo: Niamh Daly, Tearfund Ireland. Jaydah talks to RTE journalist Della Kilroy about losing her husband, brother and young son in an explosion in Syria.

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