Fire in refugee camp

Fire in refugee camp

In the so-called "Sharya Camp", a refugee camp with Yazidis in northern Iraq, there was a major fire two weeks ago. 450 tents burnt down within 30 minutes. "We had a very narrow escape," one resident tells us, "but we lost everything."   After almost seven years...

We got saffron again!

We got saffron again!

13 years ago, we started a project that we couldn't have known at the time how successful it would become. We have introduced about a dozen farmers to the production of saffron. To do this, we had to give them the bulbs of saffron crocus, fertilizer and know-how free...

Impoverished deaf people in Uzbekistan receive winter aid

Impoverished deaf people in Uzbekistan receive winter aid

People with disabilities are often socially excluded in some Central Asian countries. Thus, they have particular problems finding work to support their families. The pandemic has dramatically exacerbated this problem. Last summer we received a call for help: some of...

Refugee Yezidi kids are happy about fruit and school

Refugee Yezidi kids are happy about fruit and school

For the third winter now, we have been able to distribute fresh fruit to nearly 100 families each week. The vast majority of family members are children. The past two winters had already seen a massive drop in colds among children. The vitamin intake from the fresh...

Literacy program for widows in Sharak-e Mustafa

Literacy program for widows in Sharak-e Mustafa

Not far from the city of Herat in western Afghanistan, over 400 families live in the settlement of Sharak-e Mustafa. They are almost exclusively widows with their half-orphans. Last spring we were able to provide them with food, as their income was insufficient due to...

Yazidis return to their homeland

Yazidis return to their homeland

In 2014, they were driven out of Shingal (also: "Sinjar") by IS and many of them were murdered, others were kidnapped as slaves. They belong to the Yazidi people (their proper name is: Ezidy or Esiden). The Esids have counted: The IS attack was the 74th genocide in...

Oppressed ethnic group in Afghanistan receives winter aid

Oppressed ethnic group in Afghanistan receives winter aid

  The ethnic group of the "Chalou", also called "Jat", leads a shadowy existence in Afghanistan. Chalous are often considered "morally unclean," or generally dirty or unclean. They have a hard time finding a decent job. Children and women can be seen begging on...

UN World Food Program WFP receives Nobel Peace Prize

UN World Food Program WFP receives Nobel Peace Prize

This year's Nobel Peace Prize goes to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). This was announced by the Norwegian Nobel Committee last Friday in Oslo. After the number of people suffering from hunger has decreased significantly since 2000, it has increased...

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