Four years. That is how long Syria has been at war with itself. And in a matter of weeks, over half the population left their war torn homeland in hopes of a better future.
Some countries want them. Some don’t. Either way, these refugees can’t go home.
Germany and Hungary recently closed their borders to refugees, forcing them to other European countries, seeking asylum. Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq are Syria’s immediate neighbors and have taken their fair share of refugees. In Europe, countries like Sweden, the United Kingdom, Greece, Italy and France are popular destinations to war exhausted families, according to CNN.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or the “Mormon Church” as some call it, has issued a statement about this crisis. It will be read to all the church members in their upcoming church meetings.
“It is with great concern and compassion that we observe the plight of the millions of people around the world who have fled their homes seeking relief from civil conflict and other hardships,” the letter from the governing bodies of the church said.
Many Saints (as church members are called) have already donated time and resources to help those displaced by violence. The letter continues by saying, “Members may contribute to the Church Humanitarian Fund using the Tithing and Other Offerings donation slip. We also invite Church units, families, and individuals to participate in local relief projects, where practical.”
The Church’s Humanitarian Aid program has helped millions in need over the last 40 years, and will continue to do so.
The letter concludes, “May the Lord bless you as you render Christlike service to those in need.”