Jun 19

ADRA’s 2017 World Refugee Day Statement

For decades, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), which serves as the humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, has championed the rights and wellbeing of people displaced by conflict and persecution—men, women and children of all different faiths, ethnicities and nationalities who have survived unspeakable hardship, terror and loss. In 2016 alone, more …

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May 22

Five Ways You Can Join Us in Helping Refugees

Host a Refugee Sabbath at your church. June 17, 2017 is World Refugee Sabbath, but you can host one any time. Here are some materials to get you started. You can also find daily prayers at www.prayforrefugees.com June 14-20. The prayers will remain on the site after June 20, forming a 7-day prayer guide you …

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Jun 15

ADRA’s Statement on World Refugee Day

Silver Spring, Md.— This World Refugee Day, there are more than 60 million people around the world who are internally displaced, seeking asylum, or living as refugees in other countries. The United Nations has described the Syrian crisis, which has displaced approximately half of the country’s population, as the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era. …

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Jun 15

Children shouldn’t be victims: The hard life of a child refugee

When we ask refugees why they fled their country, the majority of people tell us that they left because they feared for the safety of their children. We heard harrowing stories of forced marriages, abductions, near-misses with snipers’ bullets, and spoke to a mother who lost twin one-year-olds in a bombing. Another mother asked her …

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Jun 15

I am a human: Sonia’s Story

My name is Sonia. I am 25 years old and I am from Afghanistan, in the Badakhshan province. I was a GIZ a German company that specializes in international development employee for five years beginning in 2009. I was working for a gender project of our partner, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. We were conducting …

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Jun 14

‘I thank ADRA for letting me help my people’: A translator’s story

Fahad, 24, is an ADRA translator from Iraq. His family left when he was 14 years old. “There was no electricity and no water. I go out and see dead people, I see bombs. I was in school when a bomb fell nearby, and blew out the windows of the school. It takes you a …

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Jun 08

‘It was like a horror movie’: Idomeni Refugee Camp, Greece

When Europe started closing its borders and refugees entering Greece became stranded, many of them congregated in Idomeni. The informal camp was the largest in Greece, with more than 10,000 people gathering at the Macedonian border hoping to be allowed to continue on their journey. An unofficial camp, there was no government assistance for services …

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Jun 08

Everything costs money: EKO Station Refugee Camp, Greece

EKO Station is an unofficial camp in Greece. That means that the camp just sprung up, and there is no government services or support for refugees. Up to 1,300 refugees having been living there for the past few months, since Macedonia closed its border with Greece. For many, it was a welcome alternative to Idomeni, …

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Jun 07

Our Global Work with Refugees

Between 2010-2015, ADRA provided assistance to around 5 million refugees and internally displaced persons around the world. All around the world, dedicated ADRA staff and volunteers are providing assistance to people who have been forcibly displaced by conflict and persecution. ADRA’s response ranges from providing for people’s immediate, essential needs to helping people rebuild their …

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Jun 01

‘I didn’t want to leave Syria’: A translator’s story

Lina, 25, is Serbian-Syrian, born in Serbia to a Serbian mother and Syrian father. When she was 12, her father died, and she traveled to Syria with her mother and older brother, Samir, to return his body to his homeland. They didn’t plan to stay long, but as her mother now had two children to …

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