A Dramatic Story of Escape

October 30, 2014 • Iraq
Samaritan's Purse distributes coats for refugees in northern Iraq.
THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTO: Read more about Eman, the first beneficiary to receive an airlifted jacket.

A warm coat for a little girl is just one way Samaritan's Purse is helping a family forced to flee from terror in Iraq

Three-month-old Eman was the first beneficiary of jackets airlifted by Samaritan’s Purse from Charlotte, N.C., to Erbil, Iraq. Many ministry supporters may recognize her from a popular Facebook post on October 20.

Recently, staff interviewed her father, Kazi, and found out more of their family’s story.

Kazi and his family are Kurds who lived in the town of Sinjar, which was captured by ISIS jihadists on August 3. Some residents were killed. Others fled and faced harsh conditions trapped in the mountains. On August 8, the United States Air Force began conducting air strikes to relieve the humanitarian disaster in the making.

READ MORE: Samaritan’s Purse is providing kitchen kits, jackets, and more are getting into the hands of those forced to flee jihadists.

“We saw a lot of fighting, a lot of blood,” Kazi said.

Samaritan's Purse gives kitchen kits to displace families in Erbil

Kazi receives a kitchen kit from Samaritan’s Purse

People were fleeing by foot, in cars, on tractors, and even on construction vehicles.

“The first day we went to the ISIS checkpoint and they did not allow us to leave, because they knew we would go and fight for the Peshmerga (Kurdish fighters),” Kazi said.

On the second day, they managed to escape but had to leave something behind at each checkpoint.

“We left everything—our houses, our cars, our jewelry, even our land,” Kazi said. “We just came with the clothes we had on.”

Kazi and his family, along with his brother and family, managed to reach Erbil and began staying with another brother. With the couples, their children, and Kazi’s mom, there are now almost 20 people living in one single-family dwelling of just three small rooms.

New coats are providing warmth for children iving in tents or unfinished buildings without heat.

New coats are providing warmth for children iving in tents or unfinished buildings without heat.

Eman, whose name means “faith,” is just a little too young to enjoy playing on the makeshift swing that her siblings and cousins love so much.

Samaritan’s Purse has been able to assist these families and demonstrate the love of Christ by providing children’s jackets, blankets, heaters, and food. They most recently received a hygiene kit (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and more) and a kitchen kit (pots, plates, cups, utensils).

Kazi says he hopes one day to return to Sinjar with his family.

“All my hope for Iraq and for my family is for peace,” he said.

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