Lebanon (MNN) — Sky Information describes a mini-caliphate forming amongst ISIS wives and youngsters in northern Syria. Authorities reportedly meant to make use of Syrias al-Hol refugee camp as a brief holding place for ladies and youngsters. Nevertheless, there are not any plans in place for his or her relocation.
Not all Syrian refugees are terrorists, however the hazard of radicalization hangs over many refugee camps. Years of displacement and shattered desires make many refugees susceptible to terrorist recruitment.
Wissam Nasrallah is the Chief Operations Officer of the Lebanese Society for Academic & Social Growth (LSESD). He says one department of their ministry, Baptist Kids and Youth Ministry (BCYM), works alongside Lebanese church buildings to introduce Syrian refugee children to a unique message. Learn a brief historical past of BCYM right here.
After they come to our camps, they take heed to a brand new narrative a story the place God loves them a lot that He got here on earth in order that they might have life, and have it to the complete.
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Hope: a overseas idea
Lebanon holds between 1- and 1.5-million Syrian refugees. In accordance with UNHCR statistics, practically half of them are between 3- and 18-years outdated. Most of those youngsters have by no means seen something aside from a [refugee] camp they usually don’t have any hope for the longer term, Nasrallah says.
They’ve left their residence nation, they assume God is mad at them and that they’re being punished for that.
For 3 days, refugee youngsters get a glimpse of hope at BCYMs year-round camps. They commerce squalid residing circumstances and canvas tent partitions for video games, crafts, music, and extra; briefly, they get to be a child once more. Its dramatically completely different than the desperation surrounding refugee settlements.
[It] is a chance for them to go away the tent settlement for just a few days [and] to be cared for, cherished, have enjoyable, and take heed to a Bible story, Nasrallah describes.
We began out with youth [from] Lebanese church buildings, however with the inflow of Syrian refugees, the main focus has shifted previously two years.
Methods to assist Syrian refugee children
#GivingTuesday is arising on December third. By clicking right here, you may give to the BCYM program on-line and preserve these camps going for refugee children.
Quite a lot of these children are traumatized. Quite a lot of them have a tough time speaking about what occurred. We actually wish to present a secure setting for them, take heed to their tales, [and] love them on this very quick time that now we have with them, Nasrallah says.
It’s about giving again hope to youngsters.
You possibly can even serve at one of many camps by contacting BCYM workers right here. Most significantly, pray. Please pray that we don’t lose this side from our ministry and that we proceed on offering [refugee kids with] the hope of Christ, Nasrallah requests.
Header picture courtesy of LSESD.