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Refugee Medical Assistance

September 17, 2020

It is amazing when the timing of aid and the meeting of a need happen together. In May IAFR sent a shipment of medical supplies to the health clinic in Dzaleka Refugee Camp run by the Malawi Government. Last month we received a report from the clinic that more than 12,000 patients have been treated with supplies from this shipment. The health officials from the clinic reported "The donation came at a time when we had run out of essential medicine and we did not know when the next supply was going to come. It was such a God ordained act of kindness and provision." Thank you to our friends at Health Partners International in Canada for their work in organizing this shipment of timely medical supplies.

-Jacob Tornga

Closed Doors

September 11, 2020

There are 26 million people in the world who have been forced to flee both home and homeland in order to escape war, persecution and gross violations of human rights. Of that number only a tiny fraction of them are ever resettled to a country that extends the opportunity for them to resettle and rebuild their lives (less than 1%).

The US has historically led the world in offering refugees the opportunity to resettle. Until 2016, the US welcomed more refugees than the rest of the world combined.

But as the yellow line on this graph shows, that has changed. The US is no longer a champion of human rights or of refugee resettlement.

Meanwhile, the world is experiencing a crisis of forced displacement with numbers greater than even during World War II.

The need for countries to step up and help refugees is greater than ever. But other nations are following the lead of the US. They too are pulling up their drawbridges and shutting their gates.

The world’s most vulnerable children, women and men are becoming even more so. Where are they to find refuge in such a world?

-Tom Albinson

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