Hendrin, Saleh, and Mazquin - A Syrian Refugee Family
Organized by: Joanna Ezinga
Finally they are together
August 21, 2017
While volunteering in a Syrian refugee camp in Chios, Greece this past May, my heart was captured by three extraordinary people pictured here - Saleh, Hendrin, and their 14 month old daughter Mazquin. I was deeply moved by this family's love and determination to create a better life and have pledged to make their hope a reality.
I am asking my friends and family to help me raise $9000 so they can resettle in Germany. Let me share some of their story with you. On February 29, 2016, they made the hardest decision of their young lives; to leave everything they knew and flee the crumbling city of Allepo. To avoid detection by ISIL, they traveled across Syria in smuggler's trucks under cover of night. But many miles lay ahead before they would reach safety in Greece. When they finally did arrive in Chios, they learned the sad truth that awaited all refugees who arrived after March 20th. On that day a agreement sanctioned by the European Union was was signed between Turkey and Greece. Anyone arriving after March 20, would no longer be classified as a refugee and entitled to humanitarian protections. Instead they would be deemed illegals or migrants and dealt with under military protocols.
Such was the "freedom and safety" that awaited Hendrin, Saleh and Mazquin. They now live in squalor with a thousand other people, dependent on volunteers for every aspect of their survival - shelter, food, clothing, soap, shoes, water, medicine, a hair brush, tampax, pampers, books, pencils and paper, the list goes on and on. Think about the many things you take for granted in your daily life and imagine them gone - with no hope of return. Such is the life of a refugee in Greece.
This is your opportunity to make a difference - to do something that truly matters - for people who have lost everything and are grateful for even the smallest act of kindness. Thank you.
Joanna PS: The picture posted is from happier times when they had the freedom and security. It is one of the final pictures taken before they fled Syria.