Helping the biggest refugee crisis in decades

Monday, December 11, 2017
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Samaritan's Purse operating room in MosulAn international relief ministry is providing desperately needed help in what has become a major humanitarian crisis in Southeast Asia. 

According to reports, more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar since late August, seeking safety in Bangladesh. The United Nations calls this crisis the fastest displacement of people since the Rwanda genocide. 

Dave Holzhauer, who is managing the response in Bangladesh for Samaritan's Purse, explains that the ministry has deployed its DC-8 cargo plane packed with medical supplies.

"Health is always going to be a very serious need, and we want to make sure that we're supporting in the best way we can to provide refugees with not just basic primary health needs, but also life-saving surgeries, as well," Holzhauer shared with OneNewsNow.

The Christian aid worker also noted that Samaritan’s Purse is using the DC-8 to help increase the medical capacity of a local partner hospital in Bangladesh.

"It just makes it for a much more sustainable environment – where they can literally double the number of patients that they're able to serve with the supplies that we're able to bring in," Holzhauer pointed out.

He went on to emphasize that those serving in his organization’s relief effort are working as the hands and feet of Christ.

"Being in a hospital, I think, especially opens up doors for staff to really show the people the love of Christ in a very tangible way," Holzhauer concluded.


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