Winter Relief Arrives for Displaced Families in Iraq

January 9, 2018 • Iraq

Samaritan's Purse is providing winter supplies to families in northern Iraq

Christy Seifert is a Samaritan’s Purse program manager in northern Iraq.

“It’s cold, but at least my kids will be happy today,” said a mother tucked into a corner away from the crowd. Her hands tightly grasped the new packages of warm clothes for her two children.

The mother shared with me her experience living away from her hometown. “We are tired of this,” she said. “We have been [in the camp] for three years.”

It was evident she longed for some sense of security.

Samaritan’s Purse recently distributed hats, socks, gloves, sweaters, and coats throughout several internally displaced people camps in northern Iraq. The children’s smiles were impossible to miss as they excitedly awaited their packages.

Families line up to receive the winter packages.

Families line up to receive the winter packages.

“Samaritan’s Purse is making a huge difference,” said a local leader. “These families have no money. Purchasing warm clothes for our kids is impossible, so if Samaritan’s Purse wasn’t doing this, our kids would suffer this winter. We are so thankful.”

Also in the crowd was an 8-year-old boy who had returned to his family from ISIS captivity just 10 days earlier. His brother had also recently returned from captivity. The boy’s father talked about the brainwashing his sons have endured, and told us that their mother is still missing.

We talked with the family and suggested they utilize the counseling services Samaritan’s Purse has made available for those returning from ISIS captivity. We have the opportunity to share the hope of Jesus Christ with families having to cope with these heartbreaking situations.

Although days like this bring hope, we are reminded how little these displaced families actually have.

“When I see people in this situation, it reminds me of what God has given me,” said a Samaritan’s Purse staff member. “I must never forget that.”