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Leaving Everything Behind: Sam

Iraqi child

Sam, a kindergarten student, talked to Christian visitors in Jordan about his life. He and his family used to live in Iraq. They escaped to Jordan after Muslim ISIS fighters made life in their home too difficult to bear.

“In Iraq I used to play outside and my mom watched me play in the garden,” Sam said. “I went to kindergarten. I had a neighbor with many kids that I played with.

“Then when I heard about ISIS, I was afraid. I dreamed about them coming into the house and shouting and damaging everything.

“In Jordan I feel better now. I like cutting paper, drawing, crafts, and cutting pictures out of books. But when my friend gave me a toy gun I destroyed it because I didn’t want to see it.”

(To protect their identities, the names of some of the people on this website and some identifying details have been changed. Some of the quotes and stories have been edited and paraphrased from the original sources for clarity.)

Many Christians are facing persecution at the hands of Islamic extremists. The Voice of the Martyrs helps Christian refugees from Iraq and other countries. Some have been displaced inside Iraq, while others have fled to surrounding nations. In northern Nigeria, Christians have been attacked by the Islamic group Boko Haram. VOM provides medical care, temporary shelter, food, clothing, blankets, clean drinking water, and other needs. Learn how to help here.


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