Rohingya people fleeing persecution in Myanmar on their way to refugee camps in Bangladesh. (Photo by Zakir Hossain Chowdhury/NurPhoto/Sipa USA/Newscom) 

After the Holocaust, we promised: Never again. We promised we would not let genocide and mass atrocities go unnoticed. We promised that when we hear the cries of men, women and children, we will respond.

During the past year, we have been tested. And with your support, Jewish World Watch has responded in ways small and big — with emergency relief, through long-term investments, and by raising our voices in protest.

We are grateful to you for all you’ve done (see below for some of our 2017 accomplishments), but the work is not complete.

To stop the rising tides of violence, we need you to continue to give. And this year, your dollars will be doubled, thanks to a matching gift of up to $50,000 from an anonymous donor.

QUESTIONS addressed in 2017…

Q: How do you help the millions of people fleeing genocide and mass atrocities?

A Rohingya refugee carries her baby to Palong Khali refugee camp, Bangladesh. Photo by Hannah McKay/Newscom

A: Wrap your arms around one.

Providing lifesaving aid to the Rohingya people fleeing an apparent genocide is just one of Jewish World Watch’s new emergency initiatives. Longtime residents of Burma (Myanmar), the Rohingya are denied citizenship and have been subject to ethnic cleansing by their own government.

Since Aug. 25, 2017, an estimated 600,000 Rohingya have fled their homes to take refuge in temporary camps in nearby Bangladesh, escaping murder, rape and extreme violence by their native country’s military. Jewish World Watch is helping provide survival kits filled with essential items to help refugees and their families — mostly women and children — retain their dignity after their arduous journey.

Q: How do you combat food insecurity and malnutrition in a refugee camp?

A: Grow a garden in the desert.

Jewish World Watch has been supporting Darfuri refugees since our inception in 2004, when the Darfuris fled genocide in Sudan. Still living as refugees in Chad, these survivors and their children do not get adequate food rations to survive. With your support, we are helping them use highly efficient farming methods known as perma-gardening to grow their own nutritious crops year-round, greatly reducing reliance upon external assistance and international aid.

Right: A refugee at the Goz Amir camp told us, “Before, I had thought that farming was only possible outside of the camp, but now I have a garden right in my compound and I do not need to go to the market to buy vegetables anymore!”

Q: How do you address the horror of sexual and gender-based violence in the rape capital of the world?

A: Start with the men.

Sons of Congo graduates receiving their certificates of completion.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with your support, Jewish World Watch has helped train thousands of men to treat women and girls with respect — especially their wives and children — through an innovative program called Sons of Congo. Through support groups, men learn from peers that women should be valued and treated as equal; this new thinking helps undo a culture of rampant rape and violence.

One graduate, Jean Paul, told us: “We are taught that women can’t talk. As a man, you have to be the authority and show women where they belong. Even when she is pregnant, you sometimes force her to do physical labor, beat her, yell at her.” Jean Paul’s wife, Bitondo, told us: “I am happy with the training, but I wish it existed when I was younger, when my husband was younger.” Their son, Corinth, is also a graduate. “I love that I learned I hold the key to change in Congo,” Corinth said.

You can help. You can transform lives.


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