Syrians in need finding friends

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Chris Woodward (

Syria flagHumanitarian efforts continue along the border of Israel and Syria.

Friend Ships, a ministry dedicated to fulfilling the biblical teachings for believers to help people in times of need, has established a medical field clinic and humanitarian base on the border between Israel and Syria to care for the Syrian war victims. More specifically, Camp Ichay is located in the Golan Heights in a demilitarized zone on the border.

Anne Reed, an AFA Journal staff writer, recently visited Camp Ichay and tells American Family Radio's "Today's Issues" program that many Syrians have moved near the camp as they have been displaced by the Syrian civil war.

"Each day, a group of the Syrians comes in, when the weather allows," Reed reports. "When I was there, we had 39 come in, but they've had as many as 70 or 80 come in."


She tells OneNewsNow the most common medical ailment involves urinary tract infections (UTIs). 

"A little boy brought in a bottle of water, and one of the workers took the bottle and she smelled it," Reed explains. "It smelled terrible, but a pharmacist in the camp who is Syrian said, 'That's our water.'"

It was there at Camp Ichay that Reed was able to interview the Syrian pharmacist.

"She lives in Syria among the Syrians, and she said, 'We grew up being taught in schools that the Israeli people were our enemies, that they hated us, that they wanted to kill us,'" Reed recalls. "She said, 'It was really the Syrians who hated us and wanted to kill us, [and] it was really the Israelis that loved us and wanted the best for us.'"

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