Update: I just learned that only the shoe box gifts for the children (and not other supplies) on this flight. I will update when I learn more.
THE AID TO THE SYRIAN REFUGEES IN IRAQ JUST ARRIVED! FINALLY! And what a nightmare it has been (see below)
These pics were just moments ago emailed from Iraq…to Reverend Franklin Graham … to me (on a flight back from Arizona at 35,000 feet! The US Airways flight has wifi – so I can post them as I get them.)
These pics are proof that the supplies have gotten there — and what a nightmare it has been to get the supplies to Iraq so that the Syrian refugees get them at the refugee camp there.
In the pic above is Matt — I met him when I was in Iraq with Reverend Graham. Matt works in Iraq for Samaritan’s Purse as the country director (and so does his wife Sarah.) He will make sure that the supplies – after all off loaded, get trucked to the refugee camp.
Now the night mare: Iraq would not allow the Samaritan’s Purse 747 full of humanitarian aid to land in Iraq. I can’t figure out why they are so cruel to have blocked this landing (why would you want to stop cold people from getting heaters? clothes? other supplies? gifts to children?) …but they did.
So Reverend Graham and Samaritan’s Purse outsmarted Iraq….but it greatly added to the cost. (Just think …that extra cost could have been spent on more blankets, more food, more heaters!) When Iraq continued to refuse landing permission, Samaritan’s Purse sent the chartered 747 to Dubai, off loaded the cargo in Dubai, and then put the cargo on the commercial flight you see in the picture. The commercial flight flew to Erbil, Iraq.
I didn’t tell you about the plan above because we feared that Iraq – if it learned of this plan – would somehow stop the cargo from getting into Iraq. The cargo/humanitarian aid is there now in Iraq…and off loaded….and soon will be at the refugee camp.
Congrats to Samaritan’s Purse and all the volunteers…and all the donors! You have done a wonderful thing for thousand of people who have it really tough.