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Saying Farewell to Another Group of Interns

July 24, 2014 by  

Interns at Mawet

As you read this, our five summer interns are on a plane home.

They’ve spent the past two months with us—living and working to save the lives of children in Iraq who desperately need heart surgery.

Here are a few truths they discovered before they left:

Dane Barnett:
“Perspective is everything. Impact is made in little decisions every day. You cannot change the world, but you can change your world.”

Josh Evans:
“Never make a decision based on fear. Pursuing peace may take us into unknown places, but we don’t have to journey alone.”

Nate Miller:
“Stereotypes about locations aren’t always right, and traveling around the world is necessary in order to disprove or confirm them. Iraq is a beautiful place filled with great people.”

Alex Allison:
“Kindness to the person next to you—whether she be Kurd or Arab or boss or intern—should never be conditional on how well you know her or how much you like her. It should just be.”

Summer Downs:
“I found that wrestling is a posture I should settle into—not shrink back from. I also discovered that stories have compelling power that can be manipulated, and I now have ears that detect when a story begins with “secondly.”

This could be you next summer! We’re looking for passion-filled, vibrant young people who share our vision to love and serve Iraqi families. Check out our internship page here.

Intern collage

Intern collage





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Alex Allison is an almond-butter-lovin’ writing enthusiast with a penchant for allegories, Ray Bradbury, and studying Mandarin Chinese. Originally a farm girl from Amarillo, Texas, she recently graduated with a creative writing degree from Pepperdine University, and her current adventure involves her second summer spent collecting and sharing stories as PLC’s copywriting intern.

Iraqi Doctors Serve Children of All Beliefs and Tribes

July 22, 2014 by  

Children served in our Nasiriyah program

From the northernmost town on the Turkish border, to the southernmost port on the Persian Gulf—the doctors in our highest impact program (the one we referenced in our recent Urgent Appeal) have saved children from all over Iraq.

Now, these predominantly Shia doctors in the south are opening their hearts and operating rooms to Sunni families who’ve fled from cities like Mosul, Tikrit, and Fallujah in response to recent violence.

“No one cares if they are Sunni, or Turkish—or any race or belief—what we care about is how to relieve their condition,” said Dr. Munaf, a pediatric cardiac surgeon-in-training.

Since the beginning of 2014, this 39-week, in-country training program in Nasiriyah has provided more than 180 children with heart surgery—and we’ve scheduled 20+ more this week!

The second year of the program is wrapping up soon. In the meantime, the doctors in Nasiriyah continue to battle geographic, ethnic, tribal, and theological differences in the operating room—saving lives along the way.

Click here to help keep this program afloat, investing in these doctors’ all-inclusive, lifesaving work!





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Alex Allison is an almond-butter-lovin’ writing enthusiast with a penchant for allegories, Ray Bradbury, and studying Mandarin Chinese. Originally a farm girl from Amarillo, Texas, she recently graduated with a creative writing degree from Pepperdine University, and her current adventure involves her second summer spent collecting and sharing stories as PLC’s copywriting intern.

What’s happening now with the ‘Iraq crisis’?

July 18, 2014 by  

It’s been more than a month since ISIS captured Iraq’s second largest city.

And we’re still here, living and working to help save the children who are often forgotten in the midst of conflicts like these.

Here are some articles we’ve referenced to understand the different perspectives on what’s going on now—and what might happen next.

ISIS and Politics

Speaker Salim al-Jabouri BBC NEWS
Iraq’s parliament breaks deadlock to elect new speaker
After weeks of debate, Iraq’s parliament takes first the step in forming a new government.

Iraqi troops AL ARABIYA NEWS
Iraqi forces withdraw from ISIS-held Tikrit
Iraqi troops retreated from Saddam’s former hometown after once more failing to recapture the city.

Iraqi PM Maliki RUDAW
Maliki to Arab Nations: ‘Do Not Allow Iraq’s Division’
Iraqi prime minister, who will not serve a 3rd term, warns surrounding nations to push for unity amongst Iraq’s Kurds, Shias, and Sunnis.

M198 Howitzer JEREMY BENDER
ISIS Militants Captured 52 American-Made Artillery Weapons That Cost $500,000 Each
After stealing American weapons from Iraqi troops, ISIS is more able to stand against Baghdad.


Kurdistan

The Kurdish-Iranian border NAWZAD MAHMOUD
Kurdistan Merchants Worry about Iranian Threat to Close Borders
Iranian officials threaten to shut down Kurdish border if the independence referendum continues.

Female fighters in Peshmerga BBC NEWS
Iraq crisis: Kurdistan’s female fighters take on Isis
Female fighters in the Kurdish peshmerga have moved to the front lines to fight ISIS in northern and western Iraq.


Anything else we should know?

Iraqi woman poses for photo BBC NEWS
Iraq 10 years on: In numbers
A glimpse into how Iraq has changed since the 2003 invasion.





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Cross-Posted: “The Great Escape from Tikrit”

July 17, 2014 by  

Indian nurses escaped from Tikrit

The hospital in which you helped save children like Israa and Kamar was bombed by ISIS militants early this month.

This article, which highlights the journey of 46 Indian nurses who were taken, held, and released by ISIS near the end of June, describes the damage done to a place we knew well during our first Remedy Mission to Tikrit last year.

Thankfully, the Indian nurses pictured above are safe. The Iraqi children they left behind, however, are not.

It’s because of events like this—real effects of ISIS’s movement through the country—that we sent you our first-ever urgent appeal last week.

Now, we’re funneling our resources toward our highest impact program, which remains intact, so displaced children can still receive lifesaving heart surgery.

We haven’t given up on serving families in Tikrit—and we hope you don’t, either. The children in need of heart surgery from Saddam’s former hometown still have hope, and a future.

It only takes $250 to give a child surgery. Please give here today.

Photo Courtesy: Yahoo! News India





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Cross-Posted: “The Silver Dollar Lounge”

July 16, 2014 by  

When criticized by an NAACP member for dining with Ku Klux Klan members, African-American Daryl Davis responds like this:

“I pull out my [Klan] robes and hoods and say, ‘Look. This is what I’ve done to put a dent in racism. I’ve got robes and hoods hanging up in my closet of people who’ve given up that belief through my conversations and sitting down to dinner—they’ve given it up. How many robes and hoods have you collected?’ And then they shut up.”

Daryl Davis holding Klan uniform Have you ever sat down and listened to your enemies? Click play to hear why Davis hung out with the Klan.





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