SaveME Intro

By Dan Etheridge

Noeh is 12. He’s from a town in Iraq called Karamles. Like many people that once lived there, his family are Christians. Back in 2014, the so called Islamic State (IS), a violent extremist group, invaded his town. Everyone fled.

Since then, Noeh and his family have lived in a city called Erbil, it’s in a safer part of northern Iraq. They are displaced, receiving all kinds of help from Open Doors partners.

Towards the end of 2016, IS retreated and left Karamles. But Noeh and his family can’t go home. IS soldiers set fire to his house. Nearly 450 homes in the town were burned, 100 or so were completely destroyed.

Noeh’s house is still standing. He can walk around the charred remains of his bedroom. He even found some of his old marbles that survived the fire. But for now, for Noeh, and many others from Karamles, the journey home is just beginning.

Our family in the Middle East are facing incredible challenges. There is war and terror, extremism and hatred. But many Christians remain. And Jesus is building His church. Scroll down for three simple ways you can support your family in the Middle East now…

The Author
Dan works part time with Open Doors, mainly sorting out the comms stuff for youth and students. In his other life he's a freelance writer and graphic designer who likes collecting records and sitting on beaches looking at waves.

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