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As the Good Shepherd Center staff worked with children, they quickly saw that parents needed help. Most of them were in shock from leaving behind the homes and communities that had been home to various Christian sects for centuries. Often they were too devastated to know how to begin helping their children.
Principal Dawlat Hijazeen and her staff began making home visits to learn how she could help.
“We just listened to them and let them say everything that was in their hearts,” Dawlat said. “They were angry that this happened to them and they blamed God. They wanted to know why this happened. It was hard because we didn’t have answers for them.”
“We promised they would see the love of God. We promised we would take care of them so they could see God’s plan through our love.”
Displaced Iraqis are prevented from holding jobs in Jordan. To help them find a constructive use of their time and a sense of purpose, Good Shepherd created a wood shop. A particularly empowering project has been artwork of the Arabic letter “N”– which is also used as the symbol for Nazarene, a symbol of Christianity in the Middle East. ISIS turned the symbol into a mark of shame to denote homes for destruction.
It has been empowering and healing for the Iraqi families in Jordan to create the symbol and even wear the symbol on shirts. The designation that put them at risk is now a designation they can display in safety.