Voices of faith - International Women's day - 8 March 2015
At the 2015 Voices of Faith storytelling event, a group of remarkable women will share their personal stories demonstrating how their unwavering faith has positively impacted their life, greater society and the world.
Narrated live and interlaced with conversations among these amazing women, Voices of Faith aims for a creative exchange and a connection of ideas from a female perspective that can build a better future.
Are we doing something for the persecuted in The Middle East? Or do we just watch passively from the comfort of YOUR couch? Sister Hatune Dogan could not stay in Germany. She had to go to help the suffering. She is a Syrian Orthodox Christian nun. She was born in Turkey, but her family fled to Germany to escape persecution. She now works in the field to help persecuted Christians all over the world, especially in the Middle East.
Amazingly, Hatune Dogan doesn’t need anything more than just a couple of suitcases and a plastic bag for her trips to Syria and Iraq. In the larger suitcase she takes clothing, particularly for the refugee children. In the smaller one she has all of her equipment, which includes: a laptop, camera, voice recorder, notepads, and a stethoscope. In the plastic bag she has her nun’s habit. “That’s enough for me,” she says, laughing.
Her goal is to help people who are on the run from the militias of the Islamic State (ISIS). Among them are people of various religions, not just Christians. Pressed on this, she says, “Who am I to make distinctions, if Jesus Christ did not do it?”
Perhaps it seems naive to travel with only a suitcase full of clothes in a region where there are millions of dispossessed people all searching for a new home and a new future. However, Hatune has much more in “her luggage” than just material things. Most importantly, she he has her ability to listen and discuss people’s problems, her marvelous ability to let people cry on her shoulder.
“I realized that other Christians were being exposed to ethnic cleansing. I just could not stay in Germany, sit on the couch and wait for more information. I thought I had to go there because I personally knew what it was like to be persecuted. We went. I felt it was my duty.”
“My work is more with girls because I am a psychotherapist, I am a spiritual counselor, and I have experienced persecution myself, I know what it is like. When I was only 14 years old, I was almost raped in Turkey. They tried 4 times, but were not successful. I know what it is like.”
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