EGY131 Aid for Sudanese refugees
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.
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?