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EGY131 Aid for Sudanese refugees

project description

Thousands of Sudanese refugees are staying in Cairo, the capital of Egypt. Among them are many children. The refugees cannot count on the support of the Egyptian government. If medical care is needed, the means to organise that aid is missing. Together with seven churches in Cairo, the organi­sation MSO makes medical aid possible. Via these local churches, every Sunday, food is provided for the refugees who do not have any means of existence.

why this project?

In Egypt the refugees are seen as second-class citizens. And health insurance is not known there at all. The Sudanese that want to start a life in Egypt are therefore completely dependent on the goodwill of others. The project team of MSO and a few local (Sudanese) churches want to make a diffe­rence in the lives of these Sudanese in need. They offer help to those who have no helper. The use of (para)medics brings healing and an improved quality of life. Also because of the food that is handed out weekly.

 

impact

Little to no distinction is made in the requests for aid by the project team. Mental problems of the refugees complicate the process of asking for help. The team knows a few trust­worthy doctors and with that has good advisors medically and finan­cially. The effect on treated refugees is enormous. A (small) medical surgery or the right medication makes a big diffe­rence. The diffe­rence between being blind and being able to see, between being unemployed and having an income, between death and life.

what can we learn?

The refugees and the Muslim community around it, see that ‘the church’ helps. Chris­tians show that offering physical support has every­thing to do with the great Doctor. Do we pay attention to the whole human being, both their mental and physical health?

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