At the beginning of September, at least 150,000 Syrians had fled fighting between government and opposition forces in Syria and crossed the border into Jordan. Since February 2011, about 2.5 million people have fled to Jordan, other parts of Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey.
ELCA Disaster Response committed $250,000 toward the Lutheran World Federation's work with more than 14,500 Syrians at Za'atari, a U.N. refugee camp near Mafraq, Jordan. Lutherans are providing camp management, psychosocial support, education and other aid.
LWF President Munib Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, has been working with Jordanian officials on how Lutherans can best help with the crisis. Earlier this year, the ELCA allocated $200,000 to provide food, clothing and other aid for displaced Syrians.
To help, send gifts (write "Syria Conflict" on the memo line - 100 percent will be used in response to the conflict) to ELCA Disaster Response, 39330 Treasury Center, Chicago, IL 60694-9300; www.elca.org/disaster/donate; 800-638-3522.
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