Days of waiting
Tearfund partner Coastal Association for Social Transformation (COAST) Trust, has been providing shelter and clean drinking water to thousands of people. They have also been able to provide food parcels with rice, potatoes, cooking oil and salt.
With thousands of new people arriving at the camp every day the demand is increasing all the time and queuing time for food is at least eight hours.
Barkoosam (13) has been in the camp for a month. His father was killed and he had to flee with his mother and two brothers. He walks for 20 minutes through fields, mud and narrow passageways every day to wait in line for food.
For three days Barkoosam had returned to his tent with nothing, despite waiting from dawn until dusk in the blistering heat.
‘I have been waiting for three days for support but every time the food ran out. They gave priority to the women,’ he said.
Food at last
But on the day I met Barkoosam, he had been more fortunate – at last he had received a food parcel from Tearfund’s partner COAST Trust and was scampering through the maze of tents and water-filled ditches, his precious cargo carried on his head.
We reached the small shelter he shares with his mother, Sookina (58) and his two brothers. The roof is made of nothing more than black bags and some bamboo, the sides open providing no shelter – just an open space with a small fence around it.
‘I’m happy and relieved. If we don’t get support and food, we are sad,’ his mother said. She pointed inside to an almost empty tent, ‘We could not bring any of our possessions, our homes were burnt.’
Your help has also meant that more than 100 families have been given chickens – a crucial source of protein. Mothers and children smiled broadly as the truck arrived.
One mother, holding her baby in one hand and a chicken in the other, said she was delighted. ‘Tonight I will be able to make the family curry for the first time in many weeks,’ she said.
Your prayers and gifts make a huge difference to people like Barkoosam and Sookina, and the many others in need. Thank you.
- Praise God for every person we have been able to help. Pray that the ongoing needs of the refugees can be met and that there are enough supplies for everyone.
- Pray for the aid workers in the camps, that they have the energy, expertise and equipment needed to help. Pray also that they are able to respond to increasing needs.
- Pray that a solution can be found to the ongoing issues so that the refugees can go home.
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