OUR STORIES

OUR STORIES

OUR STORIES

OUR STORIES

Finding Safety in Sewing
One of the women in the Jaraki sewing project came to Turkey from Mosul, Iraq, two and a half years ago with her husband and five children aged 6-17. They lived in Mosul for a year under ISIS control, and she described how every day they were afraid for their lives and knew they had to leave. After selling off all parts of their business to raise money, they left in the middle of the night and drove through the desert for 15 hours to remain hidden from ISIS – breaking down would have cost them dearly. At the Syrian border and then the Turkish border they waited many hours to pay thousands of dollars to cross. After this they were forced to climb mountains, knowing that they had to keep going – returning would mean death. Her daughter was only 6 years old and had no shoes, and everyone was in severe pain for many days.

She joined the sewing project the first day it began and proved to be an excellent seamstress. She was efficient and consistent with our regular items, and great at making ideas for new products become a reality. Working with Jaraki for two years, she was able to support her family through the income she made. Now at a point of deciding where to move with her family, she moved on from Jaraki, and ARM was able to gift her with a sewing machine opening up work opportunities wherever she goes.

A family from Mosul arrived in Turkey, and the father chose to continue on by boat to Germany to prepare the way for his family to come too. His wife must now work day and night to provide for their four children and she has failed to get them into the school system. Her husband now only sends word sporadically to warn her that she cannot divorce him and cannot return to Iraq. She receives no financial support for the children and believes he has remarried in Germany. ARM met this woman through a neighbor who came to the Arabic-speaking Kurtuluş congregation. She enjoys meeting with the other women and has received practical help for her children’s needs.

Abandoned by Her Husband

Abandoned by Her Husband

A family from Mosul arrived in Turkey, and the father chose to continue on by boat to Germany to prepare the way for his family to come too. His wife must now work day and night to provide for their four children and she has failed to get them into the school system. Her husband now only sends word sporadically to warn her that she cannot divorce him and cannot return to Iraq. She receives no financial support for the children and believes he has remarried in Germany. ARM met this woman through a neighbor who came to the Arabic-speaking Kurtuluş congregation. She enjoys meeting with the other women and has received practical help for her children’s needs.

Forced to Send Her Children to Work

Another woman came from Iraq with her five children. She is from a Christian background but her father married her to a radical Muslim man when she was 12 years old. After years of abuse, she left Iraq and her husband to seek refuge in Turkey with her children. She has no resources and has to send her children out to work. She feels that she ran away from suffering only to suffer in another place. Volunteers with ARM have been able to visit this woman in her own home, getting to know her story and discovering how we can help her more.

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