Several years ago, over 600,000 people fled rural Afghanistan due to civil war and the soviet occupation of the country and settled in Pakistan.
In recent months, the political relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been deteriorating. As violence caused by the Taliban continues to impact the most vulnerable communities, the shifting accusations of blame for the existence of the terrorist group only worsens the situation.
"Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of supporting Taliban leaders, allowing them to live openly and conduct terror activity," our mission partner in Afghanistan reported. "As Afghanistan moves politically closer to India, Pakistan’s rival, the poorest of the poor, Afghan refugees, suffer the most."
Last summer, 380 refugee families who had settled in Pakistan were forced to return to Afghanistan as their meager homes were bulldozed behind them. They settled near the capital city of Kabul, making shelters from what they could find. Now, it's the middle of winter, which means there are over 2,660 individuals with living in tent equivalents with little to eat, drink, and keep warm.
For many of these families, having to return to the very place they fled was extremely difficult. Even settling in a different region of Afghanistan than they previously called home, the sense of loss and helplessness can be overwhelming.
"The IDP camp entered the harsh winter exposed, cold and hungry with no access to emergency relief supplies and no assistance from the Afghan government," our mission partner said.
But, all hope was not lost. IDES' mission partner has been working in the area these refugee families settled in for many years now. Thanks to your generous partnership, IDES was given the opportunity to provide flour, rice, red beans, cooking oil, sugar, green tea, and blankets to the families who were forced from Pakistan. These items were distributed by our mission partner, who also shares boldly that the items are given in love by followers of Jesus Christ.
Providing physical help opens the door to share the Good News with families who are in desperate need of spiritual hope. This is our primary goal in all of our projects.
Until the situation in Afghanistan improves and terrorist violence is thwarted, many families will continue to suffer. It is up to us to meet them where they are at with the love of Jesus, generously blessing them with the physical items they have no access to during their time of need.
"We thank IDES and your continued partnership to improve the lives of Afghans and share the love of Jesus in doing so," our partner shared.
Let us continue to pray for the many refugee families around the world, and let us continue to find ways to meet their needs in Jesus' name.