Safety is an easy choice for Syrian family

Ibrahim Al-Haj and his family are forced to live in a chicken coop after fleeing conflict in Syria. CLWR/T.Brook

Ibrahim Al-Haj and his family are forced to live in a chicken coop after fleeing conflict in Syria. CLWR/T.Brook

For Ibrahim Al-Haj the choice was clear. Get away from Damascus or stay and risk the lives of his children. He left a good job as an electrician and took his family away from the fighting in Syria to the outskirts of Al-Mafraq in Jordan.

He now lives in a former chicken coop that costs him $200 a month in rent with no services. The walls are still standing and ingenuity with cardboard, tin and plastic sheeting, and old blankets and rugs have made it livable. But his family, particularly the youngest children, suffers from the cold and is sick very often. They do not have access to even the most basic levels of sanitation.

Life will always be a challenge for Ibrahim as long as he is a refugee but at least there will be some hope and comfort for him and his family thanks to the generous hearts of Canadian Lutherans and funding from the Canadian government. He will be one of the many recipients of heaters, propane bottles, rugs, sanitation and housing structure upgrades and food vouchers.

-Tom Brook, CLWR Community Relations Director

Please click here to learn how you can support Syrian families like Ibrahim’s. 

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