Responding to the refugee crisis

In the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, Samaritan’s Purse is ministering to people who are fleeing poverty, violence, and terror.

Samaritan’s Purse is reaching out to refugees in East Africa, the Middle East, Europe, South America and beyond.

Jesus’ family once left their home to escape violence. Today millions are fleeing war and terror in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Samaritan’s Purse is there providing physical and spiritual relief.

More than 68 million people throughout the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes. That’s the largest number recorded since the end of World War II.

Whether fleeing the horrors of war in South Sudan, persecution in Iraq, or the economic collapse in Venezuela, refugees are struggling to survive. They’ve fled their homes because of war, famine, or persecution. They’ve left everything behind with the hope of finding peace, safety, and stability.

So, whether supporting displaced Yazidis in Iraq, Syrians shattered by war, or migrant workers vulnerable to COVID-19 across South Asia—every prayer you pray and gift you give matters in the lives of those far from home.

Life-saving provision: Tieng (left) and Saroeurn (right) were relieved to receive emergency food, including milk for their daughter, to help sustain them through the Coronavirus pandemic. They also took a Bible.

Life-saving provision: Tieng (left) and Saroeurn (right) were relieved to receive emergency food, including milk for their daughter, to help sustain them through the Coronavirus pandemic. They also took a Bible.

Like so many people, Tieng and Saroeurn felt their world shake as COVID-19 spread. The young Cambodian couple are migrant workers who left home in search of jobs in Thailand. The work they found was hard and the wages low, but it let them survive and care for their baby girl.

But then COVID-19 came, and Tieng and Saroeurn’s jobs disappeared with it. When they didn’t receive their last payment before being let go, their situation became serious. They had no income or food and faced the terrifying thought of not being able to feed their daughter.

Read how Samaritan’s Purse is distributing emergency food, teaching about virus prevention, and sharing the Gospel with hundreds of migrant workers in Cambodia who find themselves in greater distress because of COVID-19.

Refugees may be schoolteachers, government leaders, engineers, doctors, stay-at-home mothers, store clerks, or farmers—no one is safe during war or crisis.

For years Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet the physical and spiritual needs of refugees. Our work among refugees in various countries includes providing food, medical assistance, and shelter, as well as trauma counseling. Evangelism is central to our work, and we thank God for opening the hearts of many people to place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.