By Abbey Mikha
As I am looking over pictures of refugee Assyrians and their children it truly truly continues to break my heart. Don’t be naïve winter is here! It is going to snow soon and it has already rained an unusual amount of cold rain and the “refugee” camps are flooding in the North of Iraq! How are the Assyrian people going to survive in these camps? It is really sad to know we have roofs over our heads but hundreds of thousands of Assyrians do not have roofs over their heads in Iraq! They barely have enough blankets. Why is this happening to our people again and again? Why are we always prey to other nations and the disasters which have taken place in the region? Why are we not strong enough to be able to help ourselves when we must do so and to solve our problems as a nation?
I have realized and learned in the past years that life is not fair. There are innocent Assyrian children sleeping on cardboard boxes and lighting a fire outside in the cold in the North of Iraq. There are babies with no diapers and children with no school. Where is Divinity in these terribly sad situations? Where is justice? Where are the humanitarian people of the world? Where are the humanitarian organizations of the world?
I want to ask anyone and everyone who can help all the children and the Assyrian people to please do so. Christmas is coming. Let us give hope and happiness to Assyrian people living in refugee camps in the North of Iraq. I pray that this terrible situation the Assyrians are facing in Iraq will be resolved peacefully very soon and that the Assyrians will not live in refugee camps in their own ancestral homeland anymore, rather they will go back to their villages, towns, and all places which belong to them and in which they have continuously lived for thousands of years.
Please, whoever you are and wherever you are from, support a safe haven for Assyrian Christians in the North of Iraq! Have a heart. These are innocent people! They are parents with hopes for the future of their children. They are children who just want to play and get an education and be happy.
Please, help as much as you can. If you are affluent, help with bread and if you are influential help by spreading the message of the suffering Assyrians in the political world. At least help by making people aware. Even if you just have an internet connection help to spread the message on social media that the Assyrians are suffering in refugee camps in Iraq and that if they do not get help the situation is going to get much worse and many innocent people are going to die.
This Assyrian nation whose roots are in ancient history is becoming extinct. Honestly there is more awareness and projects about animal rights in the world compared to rights of Assyrians! The Assyrian nation which was born in Assyria in the cradle of civilization thousands of years ago and took its first steps with the help of God has been forgotten.
Iraq is an interesting country. It is rich in resources and history. Everyone wants a piece of Iraq! When considering this greed one could ask, “Is this the end of the world?” Surely yes because Iraq the place where humanity built its first civilizations it seems has become hated by the world and a nightmare for the Assyrians and so many other minorities.
Please in the coming days, weeks, ad months don’t forget about the Assyrians and their children. Winter is here and it is harsh and cold and the refugee camps in the North of Iraq are a very lonely and miserable place to be for anyone.... Help the Assyrian survive...
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