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Mother and Baby Packs for Syria

Avis Marshall - 27 Jul 2017

Day by day the news reports from Syria become ever more distressing and the human suffering is beyond measure or understanding for those of us who have a comfortable life here in the UK.  One person who decided to try and alleviate some of the horrors of these poor, displaced people was Samara Levy and she has continuously sent containers and lorries containing clothes and medical supplies.   The full story can be found at samarasaidappeal.org
One of our Branch members first became involved when she heard about Samara’s work from The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, a charity set up by Canon Andrew White, formerly the Vicar of St George's Baghdad.  He e-mailed all those who donate to FRRME asking if people could collect second hand clothes and blankets etc. FRRME were supporting the effort by contributing money for the transport of all clothes overland by lorry or container to the refugee camps and other struggling refugees in the north of Iraq. This was about 3 years ago and since that time help has been needed for Syria as well.
Samara works tirelessly without pay and she is helped by a number of volunteers from churches in the Brighton area.  Donations of all types come to the borrowed warehouse from all over the UK and there must be donations of money to fund transport overland as well as to support the hospitals and the doctors and nurses who work there.  These Iraqi and Syrian medics whose normal hospitals have been bombed, and whose governments do not pay salaries, are given a certain amount of money to support their families.
Our Branch member, with the help of a young mother in the church congregation has been organizing collections of clothes from our church community for the past three years but when we heard of the plight of women giving birth and trying to look after babies in these horrendous conditions we thought it would be a good MU project to provide the new mother packs and baby packs.  It reflects the mission statement of the MU as a caring organization and it is something positive we can do.

You can see the list of the contents of each type of pack by looking at the website above, and clicking on Care Packs. Each pack contains a printed message in English , Arabic and Kurdish, conveying our concern, our love and our wish to support these our sisters in their suffering. 
We are not allowed to mention God, but we hope that our efforts will perhaps bring an awareness that we our motivation comes from the loving God who cares about all human people. There are many Christian refugees who may well explain our gifts in these terms.

What is included in these packs?  Please take a look at the following pictures. 





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