In December I was in Erbil, Iraq (and Syrian refugee camps in Iraq) with Reverend Franklin Graham and Samaritan’s Purse. Erbil, as we traveled there region, was our home base — where we landed, where we stayed, where we regrouped every night.
At the time we were there? Erbil was alive and thriving! I took this pic and was thrilled to see Erbil doing so well. The people there telling me how much they appreciated Americans (and yes, President Bush 43 since he had liberated them, Kurds, from Saddam Hussein. Many mentioned President Bush to me.) Reverend Franklin Graham took me to meet the President of Kurdistan and he likewise was pleased with how the region was doing and had great hope.
And this morning? 7 months later? I awaken to an email from an American friend here in Washington. Here is the text of an email he has just received from a friend in Erbil:
“Its very bad ,need help from all please save us.please.”
In just 7 months since I have been in Erbil, it has deteriorated to the point where people are begging for help from us.