Kurdish Refugee: Help Me Help Him
Organized by: Natalie Khairallah
UPDATE: After a long, tiring, and emotional trip, the son has finally made it from Turkey to Germany (on foot) with a money loan from a couple people who were the helping hand in pulling him out of an unbearable situation in Turkey. However, with the large influx of refugees pouring into Germany every day, support to the refugees are tighter than ever and allowances have been cut; my friend says it is akin to jail. I'm told that the camp situation is not ideal: the only real [hot] meal served is during lunch time. Toast and a slab of meat is served during breakfast and dinner and everyone is hungry by the end of the night. With more than 1,000 people to help in this camp, there's only so much the staff can do.
Meanwhile, as the world goes on to talk about the help Syrian refugees in need, there are thousands of Syrians inside of Syria that need the most help. The son is sending over zero dollars to his mother, father, and four sisters still suck in Syria. His father is barely making enough money to support his family for a week--making no more than $100 per month. With your help, a portion of your donations will go to the son and a larger portion to the family in Syria and in dire need.
Please meet my friend—a Kurdish musician and refugee from Syria. Upon meeting him in that breezy beautiful Beirut night of March 2011, I suggested we have a chat at a cafe. He refused. Years later, he would confess the truth: he had less than 10 dollars in his pocket to last him the rest of the month, and all he had eaten that day was half a loaf of bread. Lebanon’s situation for its refugees was getting dimmer and dimmer by the day. With new border restrictions placed on Syrians entering Lebanon, more than half a year ago, my friend felt it was best to move. In Istanbul, the music scene would be larger and more welcoming and his opportunity for employment would increase. Perhaps then, he could finally send over money to his family, who were stuck in Syria with no money and no prospect of hope. So, off he went; little did he know his situation in Lebanon would become known as his “golden years” as a displaced person. After five months without work, he has been forced to borrow money each month from friends or relatives. Just one month ago, he finally found work as a tour guide and performs live music once a week. This may sound like he has found himself in the ideal situation—it’s anything but. For the next 2 months, his current living wage is only $250 per month with the tour company; his weekly performance only brings him an extra $20. After travel and food expenses are taken in – he cannot afford a place to live nor can he begin to pay off the money he has owed individuals from the past six months. Meanwhile, his family lives day-by-day coping with the present war in Syria. And with no money, they cannot even consider participating in the holy month of Ramadan – let alone money for meeting their basic needs, such as gas for the food they can barely afford to buy. He’s faced with one touch decision: Continue to live day by day, living in a state of panic due to his financial circumstances? Or return back to Syria – a place that has become a war of attrition? These fundamental requirements for survival – food and shelter – can be met with your support and donations. 100% of all donations will be sent to this entire family: both the son currently in Turkey and his family back in Syria.