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If I was in a desperate situation in a war-torn country, I would pray people around the world would heed my cry for help. We are all humans. We all want and deserve to live in safety and security.

A dear friend of mine, Tina Elliott, passed on this letter from her cousin, Bridget Elliott. Bridget has worked within the refugee and settlement community in Saskatoon for the past 12 years. These women have worked together before to fundraise for refugees to settle in Saskatoon. 

It was timely when Tina sent me Bridget’s letter, as I am reading Samantha Power’s book, The Education of an Idealist. In it, she reflects on what one person can do to help others facing war and unimaginable pain and atrocity. I believe we all can play a role to make this world a better place, and in particular, I believe I should use my privilege and power to help others. That’s why I am sharing Bridget’s letter below. I encourage you to take action however you feel compelled: by sharing this post with your friends and family or perhaps also by donating. 

I know if I was Meyse (pronounced may-sah), I would be praying desperately that people would help me and my family. Please read. Thank you for your consideration. ~ Darla

“I am asking for your support for my friend, Meyse.  She is a Syrian refugee living in Saskatoon.

Meyse’s family is in Syria and in danger. They need to get across the border to Turkey where they will be safe. The link below is outlining what is happening there right now. Meyse’s family’s lives are in danger and she fears her family will be killed if they stay where they are. Twelve of her family members are children.

Meyse’s brother and four kids. Not pictured is his wife and baby.

I met with Meyse this week and she is frantic to get them to safety. The cost to get each member of her family to safety is about $1000 USD. Being a refugee herself, and just one person, she is not able to fund getting her family to safety all on her own.

So, I am reaching out to you to help her get this family to safety.  For now, we are aiming to help JUST ONE FAMILY OF FIVE of her 20 family members (two sisters and their families, one brother and his family and her mom and dad). If we reach our goal of $6,250, we will just keep going until all 20 people are safe. Meyse knows this is a lot, but she says “even one would help.”

I have committed to contributing the first $1000.  Please consider giving – large or small ASAP(the danger is imminent) – to help my friend and her family and if you are able to, forward this to your friends and family who might support my friend.

Meyse’s younger sister and her three boys

Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing a Russian-backed Syrian offensive are being squeezed into ever smaller areas near Turkey’s border “under horrendous conditions” in freezing temperatures that are killing babies and young children, the UN humanitarian chief said Wednesday: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/un-idlib-1.5468939


Bridget Elliott”

If you would like to support in any way, please contact Bridget at brelliott@sasktel.net.



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