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Forgotten pain

In the past year, the political situation in the world has undergone some unprecedented changes. Just as we are witnessing the recent war between Russia and Ukraine, many people in other parts of the world also suffer from war and homelessness. Therefore, in addition to serving the immediate needs of the refugees in various places, CEDAR’s partners also assist in community development so that traumatised groups can rebuild their lives.

The Myanmar military authority overthrew the democratically elected government on 1 February 2021. After the establishment of the military government, the military was mobilised to suppress opposition demonstrations and to conduct arrests. Al Jazeera, citing a monitoring group, said 1,700 people died as of March this year. The United Nations’ data also pointed out that since the coup d’état, about 800,000 people have become internally displaced, more than 10% of children are out of school, and an average of 1 in 3 children are malnourished.

The Syrian civil war has entered its 11th year since it broke out in March 2011. According to the UNHCR, 5.7 million Syrians have fled the country to seek asylum. Nearly half of them are children, and a third of them are 11 or younger.

The Afghans are still facing economic hardships after the withdrawal of U.S. troops in August 2021. According to the United Nations’ figures in March this year, 95% of Afghans are not getting enough food, and the conflicts have internally displaced some 3.4 million people.

These pains once occupied the news headlines and have been later forgotten. However, CEDAR and its overseas partners are striving to help these individuals. In addition to humanitarian relief campaigns, we also work alongside these communities in the long term to help deal with their adversities. The picture shows CEDAR’s ministries in different countries and regions. Even though we may not have experienced the refugees’ hardships personally and what assistance we can provide for them is only small, we hope that we will always think of them, try to understand their pain, care for them and support them with our actions.