Army Veteran Fights ISIS Then Returns To Help Kurds And The Child Victims Of ISIS Savagery
His name is Jeremiah Jones. He is a US Army veteran who traveled to Iraq to join the Kurds in the fight against ISIS early on. He returned to the US after his adventure with the Kurds. After several months back in the US he realized that there was still so much help the the Kurdish people needed and much he wanted to help them do. After much thought and consideration he decided to return to Kurdistan to help this time in a different way.
The Kurdish people, their forces, as well as some of the other minority groups in the region, have been the most effective force on the ground in the fight against Daesh, or the Islamic State (ISIS).
There is a crisis still underway in the region. The effects of the war are vast and unprecedented.
At a glance:
• Since 2011, an estimated 16 million people have been displaced from Syria and Iraq
• Despite not having their own recognised state, the Kurdish people have opened their hearts to welcome in hundreds of thousands of people from all different faiths and ethnicities that have been displaced by the war.
• Refugees and Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) now account for 28% of the total population of Southern Kurdistan (Iraqi Kurdistan).
• The UNHCR has recorded that 97% of the Syrian refugees in Iraq live in the Kurdistan Region, of which 41% are under the age of 18.
• As the joint forces continue to work to liberate more towns, it’s been expected that in the Mosul military operation alone, a further 500,000 people will soon flee their homes to find refuge in the Kurdistan region.
There are multiple offensives underway in the region and a heavy strain has been placed on already existing refugee camps, with the need for more camps and their development ever growing with each day that passes. Things are only going to get worse with respect to the amount of people in need and the limited number of people and organizations with which to administer to these. Often times, with only the most basic means of support being given with respect to food, clothing, medical care, etc., with huge gaps in funding needs and actual allocations or distributions of funds.
Jeremiah’s New Mission:
In conjunction with the local Kurdish people, other volunteers and supporters from abroad he will be helping assist with the needs of the children in refugee camps. Particularly the psychological and social needs of the young people and children in these camps. Approximately 50% of all refugees in Kurdistan are children.
While there is an urgent need for basic physical necessities such as shelter, food, and clothing, displacement and war takes a serious psychological toll on children. His goal is to help bring about a slight reprieve from the harsh reality in which they currently exist. In supporting these children by not only providing essentials such as clothing, but also materials and activities that would allow them to express themselves his group will bring some joy into the children’s daily lives.
There is a partnership with the prominent local animal rights activist and veterinarian, Dr. Sulaiman Tameer underway currently.
Together they are working on plans to provide animal related activities with a purpose to ease their minds for a time, and offer the kids a chance to be kids. All, while learning about and enjoying the company of the animals.
Jeremiah, his partners and the Kurdish children are currently in desperate need of assistance. The list of their current needs is on the fundrazr website.