He was a street peddler after all. I had just spent time with another Afghan family, Aref & Zahraa and their son Daniel. Aref worked for NATO. He was a mechanical engineer. He was involved in building NATO bases for forces fighting the Taliban. The Taliban had tried to kidnap his son and, but for the extraordinary bravery of his wife, Zahraa, they would have succeeded.
We — Americans as well as Europeans — must show solidarity with refugees. We need to find a way to lift these bans all over the world to welcome people into our countries and our neighborhoods and our homes, our mosques, our synagogues, our churches. We need to stop being afraid.
My name is Jordyn. I am writing this so that you can get a message of hope, something that will help you pull through this siutation. Just be the strongest, most powerful person that you can be and you can and will pull through. I really hope that this message finds a place in your heart, and gives you the motivation to get through this.
…nd compassion we felt at his death was real. But the politics is stuck. Aleppo is worse not better. There have been far too many Alan Kurdis since the lifeless body of Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach. There have been far too many Omrans. We do not know their names. We do not know their stories. What we do know is that they are damned if they leave and damned if they stay.
Aid organisations are struggling to keep up. The aid of old — blankets, boxes of dry food, household supplies — still has a role in emergencies. But as more people are displaced multiple times, more often to cities than camps, they need better aid that gives them choice, control, and a measure of dignity. Cash is one of those tools.
We have created Rescue Aid to have a platform to share and compare aspirations on how to improve a sector that is in dire need to transform itself. I hope this will showcase the IRC’s boldness but also our willingness to fail and take risks so oth…