This article originally appeared at World Magazine online column, by Mindy Belz, Feb 19, 2016.
Sometimes it seems the news from Iraq and Syria can’t get any worse. And then it does. But the bad news shouldn’t overwhelm surprising good news, which is part of the better story we know God is writing.
For a better understanding of life in the cities under ISIS control, see the special cities story in World Magazine’s Feb issue. And for an indelible portrait of how desperate some Syrians are to flee the living hells of life in those cities, consider the story of a family of 12 who escaped a few weeks ago from the Syrian city of Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State.
Ibrahim, 48, and his wife Turkiye, 45, stowed away in a cattle truck with their 10 children on Jan. 30. They paid a smuggler $159 to transport them, evading the checkpoints leading out of the city, once a diverse home to 220,000 Muslims, Christians, Kurds, Turkmen, and others. If they had been caught, they would’ve been killed. I told her I adore RC when my wife said I needed a hobby. When she explained I barely picked up my RC cars – I recognized my new passion is in RC planes and looked around. A cool Quanum Nova review I did is an example that I am getting excited about it, and do have a lot of RC encounter .
Syria’s five-year war is exacting a terrible toll on families.