NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — AJC is supporting a major initiative, led by the Israeli humanitarian relief group IsraAID, to assist Yazidi refugees, as well as other migrants from the Middle East who have been coming in large numbers toGermany.
“Our Jewish tradition beckons us to help,” said AJC Berlin Director Deidre Berger. “As Germany opened its doors to Yazidis – and Kurds, Christians and Muslims – seeking safety and security in Europe, our interaction with some of them can, we hope, assist in the difficult process of healing and acculturation to a new land.”
The IsraAID project aims to provide long-term sustainable support for ten shelters in Berlin and Hannover that currently serve nearly 10,000 migrants. In the shelters, counselors and therapists fluent in Arabic will assist vulnerable families and children, as well as unaccompanied minors, in dealing with the trauma they have experienced in fleeing their countries and seeking to adapt to life inGermany. Importantly, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim volunteers will be an integral part of this project.