Urgent Relief for Eritrean Refugees (URER) is a non-political, nonprofit, secular, and 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt organization formed to campaign for the rights of Eritrean refugees, provide financial and material assistance, and to facilitate resettlement of refugees by offering social and educational services. We strive to help primarily underserved Eritrean refugees across sub-Saharan Africa and those who have already migrated to the United States.
Urgent Relief for Eritrean Refugees [URER] in collaboration with Blue River-Kansas City Baptist Association delivered much needed assistance to Eritrean refugees in Mai Aini, Adi-Harish, Shimelba and Afar refugee camps in Ethiopia. This assistance, which was delivered in the first two weeks of October 2012 was mainly intended to help school age children in their educational and other socio-economic developments.
Do you know that over 1300 Eritrean children under the age of 17 are in Mai-Aini refugee camp (Ethiopia) without any of their parents living with them? Just imagine what it would be like to have no close relative to nurture and care for you at such a tender age. It is a known fact that more than 50 thousand Eritreans are in Ethiopian refugee camps, and tens of thousands more are languishing in Sudanese refugee camps. We believe a special attention must be given to unaccompanied Eritrean children living just like orphans in these refugee camps.
Do you remember when you were a child? Just close your eyes and rewind your life to the clueless and innocent you, the child. Could you imagine the psychological trauma, nightmare you would have been in, had you been separated from your parents, and surroundings that you only knew at that very delicate age? Could you? Well, that fate has happened upon over a 1000 Eritrean children under the age of 17 that are now struggling at the refugee camps in Tigray, Ethiopia.
These children are not just suffering of psychological instability, among other things, due to the loss of their family but also their future is bleak as they are not receiving formal education, a key for their future. One of the challenges that these children face is that the fact that they lack the simple school materials since there is no formal educational institution or organization that provides school items, although makeshift schools are setup at the refugee camps regardless of their quality and standard.
Thank you for joining us to show your support at the fundraiser party held by URER and Aaron - Saturday, September 24th in Charlotte North Carolina. Your financial support will go a long way in meeting the needs of Eritrean child refugees in Ethiopia.