Trek of a Lifetime
Are we waiting for another 600,000 children from Mosul to scream “Help” or do we respond now to the unprecedented dislocation of up to one million additional refugees that the Mosul war offensive promises to deliver?
Should we respond before it becomes a nightmare? It is already a nightmare. Reports of using people, including or perhaps especially children, as human shields is such a disgusting and offensive picture to our human brain we cannot bear the thought of it, yet, those are true reports from the front lines which cannot be ignored.
Families torn apart by choices that tear at one’s heart…should they stay “in place” and hope they can successfully live through this bloody and very emotional war while remaining at the center of it, or do they opt for escape with its extreme danger…being shot is not what we are talking about, no, these dangers are far more horrifying, landmines, snipers, torture, hunger, thirst…human degradation at its very worst, we need not explain further.
These victims of an unwanted war, these children – from babies to teenagers – healthy and not so healthy must choose. Some parents will do the choosing for the children. Some children will ache at the thought of leaving parents behind and some parents will weep as they watch their children run for their lives, some barefoot, some already feeble from lack of food, all in various states of readiness for the “trek of a lifetime”.
Regardless of the decisions made, each is assured of a dangerous journey and precarious outcome.
There is already an average of 2 million refugees in the Kurdistan region, with more than a million more refugees potentially rushing into this already strained system. The expected addition includes another 600,000 children added to the existing 600,000 children already residing in the overcrowded refugee camps.
Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation (BHHF) has been on the front lines helping refugees in the Kurdistan region since the beginning of the crisis. As one of the few organizations working on the ground, BHHF has helped approximately 0.4 million refugees by providing and distributing medication, medical equipment, clothing, blankets, personal hygiene items, food, household supplies and shoes.
In this area of uncertainty and living in less than desirable conditions, BHHF has begun to focus on various pilot projects aimed at encouraging children to believe in a future and give them hope that their personal journey has given them strength to hope for a better life. One such project is the concept that a fully functioning “football academy” for refugee children supported by celebrity players and actual coaches will provide high level energy and help these children focus on a better future. The goal is to create a unified willingness to participate in teamwork with expectations and outcomes where fun is the aftermath of a supportive and loving environment.
BHHF has saved many lives, yet many more still need saving. Help from individuals, corporate sponsors, humanitarian agencies, world economic, political and aid agencies and other willing and able entities is required to address this crisis. The Lord, Baron Paul Myners recently visited refugee camps with the staff of BHHF and helped distribute humanitarian aid to newly arrived refugees, he cannot be the only high profile individual to respond to this very urgent, very critical need. We need help now, we need your help.
We need it desperately and urgently because every day these children are suffering and every day we do our best to create Hope.