Thank You!


Nagham, a smiling, spirited 12-year-old Syrian refugee girl, helps her mother at a relief distribution center.

A truck, a table, a canopy, a clipboard with paper and pen -- they seem to pop up suddenly in a field  in Serbia within sight of the border with Hungary.

World Vision staff in tan vests, Arabic-speaking interpreters, and volunteers drawn from the ranks of refugees move swiftly to set up an aid distribution.

Most of the goods are standard and pre-packed in plastic bags: water, bananas, nuts, and honey; hygiene items including wet wipes and antiseptic cream for those who need it. For mothers with babies, diapers, diaper cream, and baby food are added to the pack.

There’s a bit of jostling at first, but it gets sorted out. Women and children form a line to register. As they reach the table, they give their names and sign or make a mark.

Nagham bounces in and out of the line next to her mother. She’s very much in charge of herself and her younger siblings.

By this time, Hayam, Nagham’s mother, is at the front of the line. She holds her bag open to receive diapers and other baby things for Fashl, Nagham’s baby brother.

“Thank you, thank you,”says Nagham. “Thank you,” says her mother.

Photo ©2015 World Vision, Laura Reinhardt


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