“Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.”
— MARK 9:37, NKJV
More than 130,000 people—about half of them children—have fled Mosul and surrounding towns since a military coalition led by Iraq's national forces began liberating ISIS-controlled areas on October 17. Samaritan's Purse staff members have welcomed these displaced children and their families to multiple camps with monthly food rations, shoes, blankets, and other desperately needed relief. They have provided comfort, care, and a helping hand in Jesus' Name.
Those who have escaped ISIS so far share similar horror stories of more than two years under the jihadists' rule. The reign of terror began with executions. Soon, money and commerce were scant. Some went without food. Nearly all lived in constant fear of flogging, prison, or worse. The best option for families was to just keep everyone inside as much as possible.
Many girls and boys have not gone to school for years. They have rarely played outside in that time: no raucous soccer games, no other sports. They've been subjected to vile propaganda and forced to witness terrible things no youngster—or anyone for that matter—should ever see.
As temperatures drop below freezing, the situation becomes even more dire—for little ones in the camps but more so for the hundreds of thousands of children still suffering inside Mosul where ISIS continues to terrorize the population. The children of Iraq need our prayers and support. Consider Jesus' words as you view these photographs taken of Iraqi children displaced by ISIS.