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Myanmar War Victims Face Enormous Needs

Since February 2021, conflict has raged in Myanmar. This conflict began when the military overthrew the country’s leader, sparking violence across the nation. Since then, the military has repeatedly attacked Myanmar’s ethnic groups in hopes of driving them out of the country. Last year this unrest escalated when multiple armed groups joined forces to fight against the military.

As the violence spreads, innocent people in Myanmar are  caught in the middle. With the country’s unstable condition, jobs are scarce, supply chains are cut off, and food prices are rising. Thousands of desperate people are fleeing their homes, some to remote places in Myanmar, and others across the border into Bangladesh, Thailand, or other surrounding countries. Abandoned homes are often looted. Last month a military draft of all unmarried men ages 18 to 35 was announced, prompting many young men to flee the country.

With your support, we were able to help people suffering from this conflict in 2022 and 2023. This year, our staff and contacts are asking for assistance to provide food, medicines, 101 Favorite Stories from the Bible books, and other basic necessities to help meet some of the enormous needs.

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Hope in Tragedy

War, flooding, earthquakes, famine, economic collapse . . . Tragedy is a common thread across the world. The International Crisis program reaches out to victims of tragedies in various countries by providing food, medicines, Christian literature, clothing, and other aid. The heart of this program goes beyond providing physical aid, to seeking opportunities to spread the love and hope of Jesus to people in distress.

Your contributions to our International Crisis fund help us prepare to respond quickly and capably when a crisis strikes. If you wish to help with this far-reaching work, your support will be a great blessing!

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Harsh Realities in Afghanistan

One trial after the next has troubled the people of Afghanistan in the past several years. Since the Taliban came to power in 2021, the economy has crumbled, jobs are hard to find, and hunger is widespread.

Afghans face the onset of winter with fear. No doubt many remember the hunger and misery they endured during last year’s exceptionally bitter winter. Needing to stretch limited incomes for heating fuel, some sell basic household necessities to survive.

CAM works with trusted contacts to provide much-needed items like food, blankets, and winter clothing, as well as some sustainability projects. We wish we could do more to help meet the dire needs in Afghanistan, but are limited by available funds. One Afghan recipient said, “I was informed that this excellent help was sent to us by the Christian people. Please convey my message and thank them very much for not forgetting us.”

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Deadly Earthquake Hits Morocco

Shortly after 11:00 p.m. on September 8, a deadly earthquake struck Morocco, North Africa. This 6.8 magnitude quake was the deadliest to hit Morocco in 60 years. At this time, the death toll is over 2,500 but will likely climb. More than 2,000 people are injured.

Rescuers are working desperately, digging through the rubble to try to find survivors. People cling to hope that their missing loved ones are still alive. Others share tragic stories of sons, mothers, friends, and neighbors who were killed in the quake.

Some of the areas hit worst by the earthquake are remote villages in the High Atlas Mountains. In these villages, the earthquake reduced neighborhoods to piles of wreckage. Reaching these areas with aid, workers, and equipment is a huge challenge since many roads are blocked by boulders and other debris.

We are working with trusted contacts to research needs and ways to help in the aftermath of Morocco’s deadly earthquake. Please pray for the people in this country who are grappling with their losses and face an uncertain future.

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War in Sudan

Gunshots and bombing—the sounds of war—echoed across Sudan’s capital city of Khartoum on April 15. This marked the beginning of a civil war in Sudan. Since then, the fighting has spread to other parts of the country, bringing widespread loss and suffering. Hundreds of people have been killed, and more than 2 million have fled their homes. Throngs are crossing into countries like Egypt, South Sudan, or Chad, arriving in makeshift refugee camps with little more than the clothes they are wearing. Many others who cannot afford to leave Sudan face ongoing terror and critical shortages of food, water, medicine, and fuel.

This civil war deepens needs in a country that has struggled with violence and suffering for decades. To help people affected by Sudan’s conflict, we are working with trusted contacts to provide food and other aid. Our contacts request your prayers for peace in this conflict-riddled nation.

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Afghanistan’s Harsh Reality

Twelve-year-old Maryam* cried as she told her story to contacts in Afghanistan. Her family hasn’t heard anything about her father since he disappeared a year ago. “My brothers and sisters are still small and my mother is sick, and I can’t do anything,” Maryam said. “It has been a few days that we don’t have anything to eat. My mother was working in a bakery before, but now she can’t do that because she is very sick.”

Touched by Maryam’s story, our contacts gave her family some food and heating supplies. Tears came to her eyes again, this time tears of joy. “Don’t forget us,” she told our contacts. “We don’t have anyone here in Afghanistan.”

Afghanistan’s chain of trials

Maryam is one of many Afghans who feels forgotten and alone. For decades this country has endured war, disaster, and hunger. Suffering has reached new levels in the past two years.

In 2021, fierce fighting broke out when the Taliban took control of Afghanistan. International agencies pulled out of the country, the economy crashed, and countless Afghans lost their jobs.

In the summer of 2022, an earthquake and widespread flooding destroyed homes and wiped out crops. Then an unusually cold winter hit the country, with temperatures dipping below 0ºF. Many Afghans had sold household items like blankets to buy food, leaving them unprepared for the brutal winter. They faced a grim predicament: Should they use their limited incomes to buy heating fuel, increasing the threat of starvation? Or should they risk freezing to death to buy food?

Now in 2023, these challenges leave Afghans struggling in a battered country. With a crumbled economy and jobs hard to find, hunger is rampant. In some cases, families eat only dry bread and water once or twice a day.

Desperate to feed their families, Afghans are turning to drastic measures. Some are joining a local extremist group, hoping to find a means of survival. Fathers are selling their young daughters into marriage, often to much older men. Other people sell their organs, using the money to buy food. “I had to sell my kidney to save my children,” said one mother. But even this mother’s sacrifice didn’t bring long-term solutions. Her food supply ran out again, leaving her family with nothing to eat.

The number of beggars in Afghanistan is growing as people run out of options. Hakima, a widowed mother says, “I am really ashamed to say this, but in the evening I go to the bakery and sit there for a long time and wait until someone comes and gives me bread. Many times I can get some bread and give it to my children, but you can see that [they] are so weak.”

Can we help?

As our contacts in Afghanistan seek to help these people in desperate need, they are flooded with more pleas for help than they can respond to. These trusted contacts are reaching out to us with requests for aid. We are working with them to provide much-needed items like food, blankets, and winter clothing. The winter aid will be distributed later in the year. Our budget for this project in 2023 is $5 million.

Afghanistan’s needs sometimes feel overwhelming, and we may wonder if the things we can do are making a difference. One Afghan father reminds us that God is working in this country. “We thought that maybe God forgot us in Afghanistan,” he told our contacts. “But something inside told me, ‘Wait, there is always good news for all of us.’ And now when we met you, I understood that God is always caring about us and helps us, and did not forget us . . .”

*Names in this article are changed to protect identities.

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Flooding in Haiti Brings New Wave of Suffering

As downpours pelted Haiti hour after hour, desperation mounted. Water was rising fast, threatening to wash away everything in its path. Families, seeing their houses were no longer safe, grabbed what they could carry and waded through the murky waters to safety.

Torrential rainfall pummeled Haiti in early June, bringing widespread flooding. Rivers overflowed their banks, triggering flash floods and landslides. The floodwaters swept away thousands of homes and killed more than 40 people. One mother said she lost her five-year-old son in the flood, while another child survived by hanging onto a tree. The flood also took this mother’s house, leaving her with almost nothing.

Please pray:

• For the more than 13,000 Haitians who were displaced by the flooding.

• That, in the instability of their country, people in Haiti would find true peace in Jesus.

• For wisdom, safety, and strength for our national staff members and contacts.

These heavy rains spelled disaster for Haitians who depend on their crops for food and income. Many farmers had just planted their fields for the spring growing season. Earlier this year, an unusually dry spell had caused problems for them. Then the floodwaters washed away acres of crops and tons of valuable topsoil.

The heavy rain lasted only a few days, but its effects will no doubt last for months or even years. The flooding leaves behind grief-stricken families, throngs of homeless people, water-damaged buildings, and streets strewn with mud and debris. In Leogane, a community heavily affected by the flooding, a CAM national staff member witnessed families sheltering in a local school. Many of them lack the means to rebuild their homes and don’t know where they will go when school starts again, forcing them to find another place to live.

Haiti’s downward spiral

This flooding brings a new wave of suffering to a country all too familiar with need. Haiti is considered to be one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere. Natural disasters, extreme poverty, and political upheaval have wracked the country for years. In the past five years, the number of Haitians who need humanitarian aid has almost doubled to 5.2 million, nearly half the country’s population (source: United Nations). Hunger and malnutrition are rampant in many areas.

Since Haiti’s president Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in 2021, a leadership void has plagued the country. With little organized leadership and few opportunities, many young men are joining gangs. Rivaling gangs control approximately 80 percent of the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince. As these gangs fight for control, thousands of Haitians are caught in the middle. Many are forced from home and live in daily fear of kidnapping and violence.

Some groups, frustrated with the lack of leadership and the terror imposed by gangs, try to take matters into their own hands. One enraged mob tortured more than a dozen suspected gang members and killed them on the streets of Port-au-Prince, meeting violence with violence.

What can be done to help?

Providing aid in Haiti is often challenging. Delivering goods in the country can be dangerous. Although we currently have no American staff in Haiti, we are working through trusted national staff and contacts to research needs and help where we can.

Soon after the flooding, we provided emergency supplies like food, water, and hygiene items. Work-for-Wages teams, organized by CAM to give Haitians the opportunity to earn an income, are now working to muck out flooded houses. In the heavily flooded area of Leogane, we plan to do a rebuilding project. We hope to hire local Haitians, giving them a source of income, to build sturdy, two-room houses. The average cost per home is $6,000, and our goal is to build 50 homes. If you would like to help with these rebuilding efforts, your support will be a blessing.

Information for this article comes from staff members and various news sources.

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Immense needs in Venezuela

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“The bridge of desperation.” A CAM contact used these words to describe a bridge that spans the Tachira River in South America, connecting the countries of Venezuela and Colombia. In recent years, throngs of Venezuelans have crossed this bridge as they flee the difficulties in their homeland.

Venezuela was once known for its wealth and booming oil industry. Now it is mired in one of the world’s worst economic crises. This decline stems from years of corrupt leadership, enormous inflation, and economic failure.

Immense needs in Venezuela—many people living on $1 per day

Ordinary Venezuelans are struggling to get by. A CAM contact reported that many people make as little as $1 USD a day. A two-pound bag of flour, a staple in Venezuela, costs at least $2, more than one day’s wage.

Amid Venezuela’s difficulties, small hopeful signs are beginning to show. Little shops are slowly starting to open, and some food items are available on store shelves that once were bare. While things may appear to be improving, “go back a street or two beyond the storefronts,” says a contact, “and you will still see a lot of misery.” High prices and low wages continue to make life difficult. People often cannot afford basic essentials even though they are available.

Spiritual opportunities—an unusual openness to God’s Word

Many Venezuelans don’t know where to turn to in their struggles and desperation. As they search for hope, many people are more open to the Gospel message.

To respond to these needs and opportunities, we are working with conservative Anabaptist believers in South America. CAM helps support soup kitchens in Venezuela that are operated by local churches. These kitchens serve some of the country’s most vulnerable: the handicapped and elderly, children, and others. “The saddest stories come from children who are living with their grandparents because their parents have left the country, and . . . older folks who are all alone because their whole family left,” shares a contact. Some people say the food they receive at the kitchen is the only meal they will eat that day.

Each day before serving food, kitchen workers share a devotional from God’s Word. They also offer Christian literature along with the physical nourishment. This is opening doors! Some recipients have chosen to follow Christ and are helping at the soup kitchens, serving their fellow Venezuelans.

A daily meal is a source of relief for people like 65-year-old Rosemary and her husband. It is hard to make ends meet on their small income. But this couple has received more than food at the kitchen. Through the workers’ witness, Rosemary learned to know Jesus. “She tells us how her life has changed since she accepted Christ,” says a pastor. “She thanks God, because through this project she heard the Word of God every day and that is how she came to know Jesus.”

Food and Christian Literature Distribution

With supporters’ help, CAM is providing funds to print and distribute Bibles, Bible story books, La Antorcha de la Verdad (The Torch of Truth) magazines, and other literature. Some of these materials go to soup kitchens, while a large portion goes to Venezuelan pastors, who are grateful for practical Bible teaching material for their churches. Literature is scarce in many parts of Venezuela, and people are eager to receive it. At one distribution, several pastors traveled five hours to pick up their prized literature.

Venezuela’s story is one of economic collapse, misery, and suffering. Yet God is using this tragedy to open hearts and show Himself as the only true source of hope. Our 2023 budget for this project is $1.5 million. If you would like to help provide food, Christian literature, or other items, your support will be a blessing. God bless you!

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Afghanistan crisis

Afghanistan crisis, Christian Aid Ministries

Afghanistan’s economy crumbled when the current government came into power in 2021. Construction work stopped, businesses shut down, and banks closed. Countless Afghans lost their sources of income.

Then an earthquake last June and flash flooding in August destroyed thousands of homes and wiped out precious crops in many provinces. Unemployment and hunger caused people to sell household items and use the money to buy food. Now they have been facing the cold of winter, and the battle against hunger is rivaled by the struggle to stay warm.

This winter was exceptionally cold in parts of Afghanistan. Temperatures dropped as low as negative 29°F. Much of the country is mountainous, causing piercing winds to cut through the valleys.

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Reality has been grim for Afghans. Using their limited funds to purchase heating fuel increased the threat of starvation, but choosing between heating fuel and food put people at risk of freezing to death.

Saba* moved into a one-room house with her four children after her husband died in a mine explosion. When the Taliban gained power, she lost her teaching job. Unable to find work, Saba sold blankets, mattresses, and other household items to provide food for her children.

When hunger crept in again, she resorted to begging. “The winter has arrived and the weather is very cold,” Saba lamented several months ago. “We have nothing and I am very afraid that in this winter, I will lose my children who are the hope of my future.” She went on to say, “God is very kind . . . we trust in God that He hears our voice.”

Through trusted contacts, we have been helping to provide basic food items, blankets, and warm clothes for people in Afghanistan. These gifts may seem small compared to the overwhelming need, but God is able to take our offering and use it for His glory!

*Name is changed to protect identity.

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Famine looms in Ethiopia

Famine looms in Ethiopia, Christian Aid Ministries

Famine is looming in Ethiopia. The country’s typical rainy season has brought little rain to reprieve the parched ground in recent years. People are getting desperate as the drought drags on. Their crops are withering. The carcasses of their cows and goats lie scattered on the ground. Hunger and malnutrition rates are rising. The region has not experienced a drought this severe in decades.

“The drought is ongoing and shows no sign of letting up,” says a staff member who visited Ethiopia in November. “We were there during the harvest season, and even though it rained a little while we were there, it was hardly enough to settle the dust. . . .”

Villagers in rural southern Ethiopia know the effects of this drought firsthand. Many are nomadic animal herders and farmers whose livelihoods depend on their animals and crops. With ponds and rivers drying up and crops failing, villagers are struggling. Our staff member observed that the cows, goats, camels, and sheep people depend on so heavily are dying. “There was a sheen of green over the ground where grass was trying to grow from the recent rain, but it obviously wasn’t enough to feed the cattle,” he said. “We saw piles of cattle bones in one place . . . The cattle we did see were thin, with ribs showing . . .”

Ethiopia is located in the Horn of Africa. The country is made up of many different ethnic groups and around 100 languages.

With their sources of food and income wasting away, Ethiopians wonder how they will survive. High grain prices make it even harder for them to afford basic food items. The World Food Programme estimates that some 3.9 million Ethiopian children are severely malnourished. Facing looming starvation and a seemingly hopeless future in their villages, thousands of people have left their homes.

Ethiopia’s series of hardships

Ethiopians are not strangers to hardships. In 2020 and 2021, swarms of locusts destroyed thousands of acres of crops. Civil war broke out in parts of the country in late 2020, and the next two years brought brutal fighting, tragic deaths, and widespread displacement. People who managed to escape the conflict spoke of the horrors and abuse they witnessed. The violence made it hard for food and other aid to reach conflict areas, leaving people facing severe hunger. In late 2022, warring parties agreed to peace, officially ending the conflict. But many needs remain.

In drought-stricken Ethiopia and surrounding countries like Somalia and Kenya, predictions for this year look bleak. A United Nations official says deaths from this drought will likely surpass those from the 2011 Horn of Africa famine when hundreds of thousands of people died.

Helping drought-stricken Ethiopians

In the face of these overwhelming needs, we have been supporting CAM contacts who are reaching out to Ethiopians. One way they are helping is by providing flour made from corn and soy. This flour contains nutrients and vitamins that provide important supplements to people’s diets. Our contacts try to focus on helping the most vulnerable, like children, mothers, and the elderly. They also hope to use this avenue to build relationships, opening doors to share the Gospel. If you would like to help, your support will provide food and other aid for Ethiopians facing a looming famine. God bless you!

“For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress.” (Isaiah 25:4a)

Christian Aid Ministries | March 2023

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