| Mar 04, 2016
Before the fighting began, Moussa and his family were doing well. He was an established businessman who had worked hard to build a comfortable, safe home for his children. But after the war broke out, most of it was taken away to support the violence that was killing so many of his countrymen. Overnight, everything he'd worked so hard to secure was taken away.
The civil war in Syria threatened to take not only his home, but his family. They had no choice—they could no longer survive in Syria. But the journey would be long and hard for Moussa. Used to the comfortable life of a businessman with a home, cars, and access to healthcare, his body was certainly not prepared to suddenly become a homeless refugee.
With his three daughters, Moussa joined a group of families and began their hike across Turkey, through the mountains, towards a new, safe beginning. For dozens of miles Moussa trudged, his back tightening in pain the entire time. Eventually, the pain traveled down to Moussa’s leg. It went numb. Still, he limped.
Finally arriving at the Turkish coast, the first part of their journey was finally complete. Moussa’s back and leg ached. His 52-year-old body was not prepared to endure this kind of trek. But at least his daughters were closer to safety.
But, now, they faced a new kind of danger: to reach Greece, they had to cross the sea in a tiny rubber boat bound for Chios. It was terrifying– too many children, infants and families had been lost to these waters. Each seat on the rubber boat cost $1,000—an exorbitant fee for a journey that could end his precious daughters’ lives.
But they had no choice. They had to take the boat or give up and return to a home that no longer existed.
Luckily, Moussa had managed to save a little money to help them start over and endure the journey. He could pay. But the fee depleted what little money he brought for the journey. He and most of his family were able to make it across the sea to Chios.
But his family’s journey is not over. His daughters have gone their separate ways, searching for a safe, new place to begin their lives. Moussa remains in the settlement in Greece, suffering from awful back pain. Thankfully, your support ensures he has access to supplies he needs to stay healthy and avoid preventable diseases—a very real risk in the overcrowded, under-equipped camps.
One day, Moussa hopes he will be reunited with his children. Separated by the violence and hardships in their native country, we pray that Moussa’s family will stay healthy and safe on their journey, and that—one day—they will be reunited again.