War is a very scary thing. People are hurt, killed sometimes,
and communities are destroyed. Here is a story about some friends
of mine who escaped war in their own country by fleeing as refugees
to another country. Fortunately, they found out that even in a foreign
land they could find help.
Ajmal in Pakistan
Ajmal (Aj-mal) is 14 years old. He lives in a refugee camp in Quetta,
Pakistan, a short distance from the Afghanistan border. He, his
mother, four brothers, and two sisters are from Afghanistan. Ajmal
is a very bright boy who loves to study. But because he is the oldest
child, he has had to work as a carpet weaver to help support his
family since fleeing his homeland.
“We did not have the freedom to live as we would like in
our country because of war. After my father and my uncle were killed,
my family and I were forced to come here. We had to start our life
all over again,” says Ajmal.
Ajmal goes to night school for an hour after he’s worked
a twelve-hour day, but he is very tired. Because of lost class time
due to the war, Ajmal is only in the third grade. But even that
one hour is precious to him. “One day, I want to be a doctor,”
he says confidently.
Church World Service is helping children like Ajmal to get an
education and stay healthy by providing CWS School
Kits and Hygiene Kits to Afghan refugee boys and girls in Pakistan.
Knowing that people in other parts of the world care enough to
help makes life easier and gives Ajmal and his family hope — umeed
(ooh-mead) is the word for hope in their language. CWS has also
helped Ajmal’s mother by providing her and women like her
with materials to create quilts. The quilts are then given to
other refugee families in need. In this way Ajmal and his family
are piecing together a new life step-by-step as they await the
day when they can return home.
Did you know that giraffes have one of the largest hearts
in the animal kingdom? A lot of big-hearted people in our country
have gotten together to help families like Ajmal's with CWS School
and Hygiene Kits.
Want to lend a hand?