Each and every one of us are equal. At least that’s what we believe. We all deserve to be happy, healthy and safe. And when non of that is a guarantee, whether it is because of illness, war, unstable political climates or poverty, we all deserve equal help and assistance. However we also all know that in real life this value is not shared by everyone.
Knowing this is only making us more determined to continue with our mission to help and assist the most vulnerable people and bringing them hope. Often we do this by distributing humanitarian aid. Just like last week when our team visited the Palestinian embassy in Erbil to get informed about the different difficulties that Palestinian displaced people face. A lot of them were living in the Baghdad area but had to leave due to the violence and are now living in the Baharka 2 camp in Kurdistan where they are in dire need of all the bare necessities.
Our team met with a few of the Palestinian residents to hear first hand how we could help best. One of them was a woman who explained that they were in a very tough situation due to a lack of education, health care and other services. But she and her family have nowhere else to go so they make the best out of it.
Another conversation that has made an impact was with Dr. Mo*. Dr. Mo and his wife, who is also a doctor, came from Baghdad after the situation became too unsafe to live. They live in the Kaznazan area in Erbil. To provide for his family Dr. Mo is now working in the plastic distribution industry but still can’t fully provide for his family. To get a job proved nearly impossible so he took anything he could get his hands on. He told our team that there are many highly educated, skilled and talented people who can’t find a job and even if they can they won’t be able to work in their respective fields. It’s an unfair situation and he tries to get by the best he can but still needs to receive help from humanitarian organisations.
After we assessed what the greatest needs were, we were able to immediately organise a distribution. 270 blankets, over 150 boxes of clothes, 5 boxes of band aids, 40 boxes of sanitary products and some boxes of shampoo were all equally distributed.
Of course we will keep working hard to provide help and hope to those who need it most and treat everyone with the equality and humanity they deserve.
*We don’t use people’s real names out of respect for their privacy.