Camp Sharya refugee camp in Iraq was built seven years ago and today hosts more than 12,000 Yazidi people—2,350 families living in thousands of tents—who have been displaced from their homes and homeland by violence and political unrest. When a fire destroyed 188 tents in the camp earlier this year, Latter-day Saint Charities helped provide the resources to build more permanent concrete structures to replace the lost homes.
Relief Society General President Jean B. Bingham and Latter-day Saint Charities President and First Counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, Sharon Eubank visited the camp on October 30, 2021 and saw firsthand some of the work being done there by Latter-day Saint Charities.
“They had a cement floor [and] cement walls,” President Bingham told Newsroom. “They had privacy. It was clean and new, and you could see that they felt much better about themselves.”
Sister Eubank said, “We sat down with a mother and her family, and I said, ‘Is this any better?’ … And she said, ‘I have a kitchen, I have a bathroom. So, this makes the whole difference. We feel safe and secure.’”
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For more about the Church leaders’ visit, read the full article on Newsroom.