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For some, going without isn’t just a choice for Lent

Mustafa* and his family are among the tens of millions of people around the world who have fled their homes to escape violence and conflict. They’ve been forced to give up the most basic necessities, a sense of comfort and belonging, and in Mustafa’s case, his dignity too.

Please give to relieve poverty and suffering around the world, where it's needed most. An incredibly generous group of supporters agreed to double every donation up to a total of £1.5 million and we’re thankful to have already met that match funding limit! However, you can still make a huge difference to the lives of people like Mustafa.

Mustafa and his family | Credit: Ruth Towell/Tearfund 

Mustafa and his family | Credit: Ruth Towell/Tearfund 

Mustafa’s story

Mustafa is a proud father and grandfather. He’s 60 years old and has six sons, three daughters-in-law, and seven grandchildren. Their lives were turned upside down when violent conflict forced them to flee, in fear, from their small Iraqi town three years ago.

Mustafa says all the homes in his town were damaged and many were destroyed completely. They can’t go back. ‘We don’t have enough money to start again,’ says Mustafa, ‘or enough house left to build back on.

‘Life [in the temporary camp] is difficult,’ he explains, ‘but I can live with it as long as my family is safe.’ 

Safety has come at a price. Mustafa and his family all live squeezed into two tents in the camp. It’s extremely hot in summer and freezing cold in winter and, until not long ago, when Mustafa, who is in a wheelchair, needed the toilet, he had no choice but to make use of a commode in the middle of the tent. It wasn’t private and he says it made the place smell bad. It was another unpleasant daily reminder that where his family is, isn’t home.

Thanks to the giving of supporters like you, Tearfund was able to install a proper toilet with an accessible ramp in the camp for Mustafa to use. It’s a simple thing that makes a big difference to him. It’s more comfortable, he tells us, and now his tent doesn’t smell bad. He says: ‘I now feel better about this life in the camp.’

Poverty and suffering are not God’s plan. You are. If you give now, your gift will enable us to do even more vital work responding to people around the world facing really hard situations – like Mustafa and his family. 

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