by Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach
It has been five long years since the terrible war in Syria started. More than 250,000 Syrians have been killed. More than half of Syria’s population have been displaced from their homes, and 13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Alaa* and his family are just some of the many who have been affected. Originally from the city of Aleppo, the family fled the war two years ago; several generations of family members now live in a small, crowded space in Amman, Jordan. They are among more than 630,000 Syrian refugees now living in Jordan.
The family has received blankets, school kits and other forms of assistance through a project supported by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Because they are unable to work in Jordan, the family relies on additional help from United Nations (U.N.) agencies for rent and other basic needs…