Imagine living in a tent with no electricity and no water, with all these young children.
First, a story from an Iraqi refugee who lives and blogs from Amman:
The other issue that is hurting and worrying me that I do not sleep at night thinking about … there is an Iraqi child here, four years old, her name is "Eelaff", from Baquba. Her father called me asking for help; she has a malignant brain tumor, which was removed by an operation, and she is now undergoing chemical therapy… I went to visit her at
You can click on the link to see the whole story. I am not sure if this is a child in Amman or in Iraq, and I am still trying to figure out a way to make a donation that is tax-deductible for this child. I also asked Faiza (the blogger) to contact Caritas about getting some help. Caritas is a Catholic relief agency, and I have read reports from Iraqi refugees that they have helped them. More information below on possible ways to help. Also, there is information on the May 12th post on Iraq Today about the soaring cancer rates in the south part of Iraq. It is shocking that there is so much cancer there, and so little treatment available.
According to The UN High Commissioner on Refugees, in terms of raw numbers, the nearly two-and-a-half million Iraqi refugees displaced because of the war is a bigger crisis than
Very few organizations are working on getting aid to Iraqi refugees, and of those that are, many are too small or too beleaguered to accept individual donations; the
You can make a contribution at: International Catholic Migration Commission, Citibank
I hope you can join me in making a donation to one of the above charities to help the Iraqi refugees. We are, as Americans, responsible for what has happened to them. And we are responsible for what has happened in Iraq also, but we cannot help them at this point - it is too dangerous. But we can help these groups to help the refugees.
MAY MERCY COME, AND WASH AWAY ......... WHAT WE'VE DONE.
UPDATE: No More Victims is another great charity for helping Iraqi people. They are mainly bringing Iraqi children to the USA for medical treatment, but they have also sent medical supplies to Fallujah. Asheville is raising funds to help Rusul, an Iraqi child injured by US bombing. Please mark "Asheville" in the memo lines to help this project.
UPDATE - March 2008:
This organization is working on sending medical supplies to Basra. It is called Iraqi Health Now.
And the Vets for Peace an Iraq Water Project going. ‘It is a model for sustainable and independent life for the people of
Donations to either of the two above organizations are tax-deducible.As are donations to the Go to the drop down menu (under “I would like my contribution to go to” and select “Iraq Humanitarian Response”) and to the American Friends Service Committee.