Syrian Man Helps Disaster Relief Organization Distribute Aid to Fellow Refugees in Iraq

After fleeing the military he was forced to join two years ago, a Syrian man has become invaluable to the volunteers from international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox, as they delivered aid to thousands of other refugees living in the Domiz camp in Iraq Kurdistan.

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From left to right: Abdullah's Aunt Nayima, 30, and her three-year-old son Azadin, SRT member Rebecca Novell (UK), Abdullah, 28, and Mohammad, 15, all at Abdullah's temporary home he built at Domiz refugee camp, November 2012.

Without him, our work here would not have been as quick and efficient

Sarasota, Florida (PRWEB) November 28, 2012

After fleeing the military he was forced to join two years ago, a Syrian man has become invaluable to the volunteers from international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox, as they delivered aid to thousands of other refugees living in the Domiz camp in Iraq Kurdistan.

ShelterBox responds immediately to disasters such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict, by delivering boxes of aid. Each box includes a disaster relief tent, water purification kit, cook-stoves, blankets and other supplies that help families survive and rebuild their lives in the days, weeks or months following disaster.

Members of the highly trained ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) were delivering boxes of winterized shelter and supplies to families living in the camp when they met Abdullah, a man who fled the Syrian Army after being forced to fight his own people.

David Webber, an SRT member from the UK, said they first met Abdullah when they were setting up the first shipment of tents. He noticed that Abdullah spoke English quite well, and asked if he would act as the SRT’s guide and translator during their deployment.

“Without [Abdullah], our work here would not have been as quick and efficient – we now have 500 tents set up, bringing shelter, warmth and dignity to families,” Webber said.

Abdullah was taken from his home in Qamishli, Syria, in October 2010. He was forced to quit studying English at the University of Aleppo and instead join the soldiers fighting for President Bashar al-Assad.

In June 2012, he escaped the growing violence between military troops and rebel fighters when he crossed the border into Iraq. He has since been living in the Domiz camp with his aunt, uncle, nieces and nephews.

“Meeting [volunteers] from ShelterBox has been amazing for all of us here,” Abdullah said. “Not only do I have work to provide for my family here, but we are also helping my people who are in desperate need by bringing them what's most important to them at this time – safety and hope.”

ShelterBox is also responding in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in Haiti, to earthquakes in Guatemala, and extensive flooding in Nigeria, Senegal and Uganda.

ABOUT SHELTERBOX USA
Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth and dignity following more than 200 disasters in over 85 countries. ShelterBox instantly responds to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, stove, blankets and water filtration system, among other tools for survival. ShelterBox’s American affiliate, ShelterBox USA is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida. Individual tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at http://www.shelterboxusa.org, 941-907-6036 or via text message by sending SHELTER to 20222 for a one-time $10 donation.
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