Friday, January 22, 2016

Our Sweet Refugee Family

Our diocese is putting together some better cultural training and psychological assistance for our recently sponsored refugee family, who are suffering extreme PTSD. They are terrified to leave their house. If they happen to venture out into what is extreme cold for them, the second they see any of their Muslim neighbours passing by, they retreat indoors in utter terror. They are not learning any English due to fear and inability to comprehend what is happening around them. The first family we sponsored is trying hard to help them, but it isn't their sole responsibility of course. Before we sponsor any more families we are going to get a better programme in place than the one we have been using.

I suspect things would have been somewhat less difficult for them had they not witnessed their village being overrun by Muslim extremists who beheaded adults and children before their eyes, only a day or two before they escaped to leave for Canada. I cannot imagine what they have been through, none of us here can and that is a large part of the problem in getting them settled.

So, we keep trying to upgrade our measures of assistance. I am not certain we will have the programme repaired in time to help this lovely family immediately, but we are trying. In the meantime we will continue to do what we can.

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