Vatican Radio: A Story of Heroism by a Family Among Iraq’s Displaced People

August 21, 2014 by

Vatican Radio spoke with Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) Kris Ozar, who is on the ground in Iraq leading CRS’ emergency response, along with our partner Caritas Iraq. When asked if there were any stories he could share about the families he is meeting, Ozar described a family on Mt. Sinjar who took in 20 orphans who had no one to care for them.

(Vatican Radio)  Catholic Relief Services (CRS) says the situation is still dire for the vast majority of the estimated 1.2 million displaced people in northern Iraq.   Many of the displaced reached Iraqi Kurdistan after escaping  from Mount Sinjar where they had been stranded for days  following  the rapid advance of the Islamic State militants. CRS says despite the danger and hardship faced by those families who escaped under cover of darkness from the mountain, one heart-warming story of courage and generosity has come to light.  Khris Ozar, the Iraqi Emergency Response Coordinator for CRS, spoke to Susy Hodges about the humanitarian situation in general and shared with her details of this inspirational story.

Read the full story and listen to the radio interview on Vatican Radio.

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