Where the help reaches those who need it most!
The disaster continues in the Middle East. The situation for refugees and those who miraculously survives the ongoing genocide on minorities in northern Syria and Iraq worsens.
By Carl Noneman
In Warburg in Germany we meet Sister Hatune Dogan who is a Syrian orthodox Sister running her own relief organization, Hatune Foundation – Helping Hands For The Poor.
Sister Hatune has already been in the Middle East three times this year all though we only write April 9. But that is not all. The amazing woman are now packing her suitcase again with necessities for the needy. April 14 she will be back in the witch’s cauldron we know as the Middle East.
“The challenges are enormous,” she says. Her eyes are out of tears. Too many tragedies have been rolled out right in front of her in these few weeks, where she strived to bring help and comfort to the uncountable number of traumatized and needy who are crying out for relief.
Hatune has personally met nearly 300 girls, Christians and Yazidis. She has also treated many of them, or just listened to their horrible stories which made her feell completely powerless. They all have have a history as captives or hostages by Islamic State terrorists. They have all witnessed or been a part of unbelievable, shocking experiences. The majority of these young women have moreover lost their entire family, killed by the most bloodthirsty terrorists ever seen in our times.
“Whether it is Islamic State, Boko Haram, Al Nushra or whatever these monstrous groups call themselves in their particular part of the world, they have no respect for human lives in general and women in particular. They treat their captured women worse than the lowest animal,” Sister Hatune says while trying to control her tearful voice.
Without the great help we have got from our donators, it had never been possible
Hatune Foundation has not only received support from a number of churches and the Yazidi community in Germany but also from many concerned private people all over the world.
“I am happy I visited Minnesota in December”, she says, “The American people and their friends in Australia and other English speaking countries have been very generous. Without their help and support we could not have done all we did in these few weeks. But there are so many more waiting for help and my heart is crying for every each of them”, she tells me while we are sitting together in her living room, watching yet another heart grabbing video from this unhappy place in the world.
With her background as a psychotherapist, she has been able to provide immediate help to the most vulnerable. However, the desire is to be able to offer a long time treatment of those poor girls’ deep wounds.
Our present plan for the near future
Hatune Foundation is in this very moment using all efforts to get the neediest to come to Europe for a longer uphold. As victims of the preposterous brutalities carried out by generally young men under the flag of Islamic state, these mostly young women need a safe shelter where they can heal in body and soul.
“We are looking for a silent place near our head quarter in Germany there we can provide for these poor creatures”, Hatune says. “For that mission we need more resources than we actually have access to at the moment. We now rely on our friends throughout the world,” Hatune says as she send a silent prayer to her Lord that Christians and other good hearted people out there will hear her cry for help to make it possible to give, at least some of the many traumatized refugees, a new chance in life.
Written in Warburg, Germany – April 12 – 2015
Freelance Journalist & Photographer