Documenting Darfur War Refugees

World Concern's Derek Sciba is traveling to Chad to visit refugee camps.

Ever since I have worked at World Concern, I have seen the photos and heard the stories about Goz Beida. It’s a small town in Eastern Chad that grew from about 5,000 people to 70,000 people as the Darfur War and associated conflicts. It’s dirty, overcrowded – and the only safe haven thousands of families have experienced since they were chased from their homes by crazy gun-wielding maniacs. They’ve left their farms, they’ve seen their homes and communities burned, they’ve lost loved ones in the violence. Now – they are camping. Camping from now until who-knows-when. Their lives have become upended, and they are trying to see a future in chaos.

World Concern supports these refugees and displaced people with humanitarian aid in a variety of ways. In general, we help ensure thousands of them don’t die from health epidemics and empower them to make money so that they can buy food and provide for their families with dignity.

So that’s why I have the privilege in traveling there right now. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be meeting those who we serve, and seeing the ways their lives have changed since they left their homes. My job is to document what we do in photos and video.

Please let me know what questions you would like answered, as I would love to be your eyes and ears there in the camps.

– Derek Sciba

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Derek Sciba documents World Concern’s activities across the globe as the organization’s marketing and communication director.

4 thoughts on “Documenting Darfur War Refugees”

  1. So awesome that you see this trip — leaving your family, your comfortable home, your fabulous coworkers, and traveling half way around the world to a remote camp in Chad with potential 130 degree temperatures and quite certainly some strange food — as a privilege.

    What I’d like to ask is not a question, but a request. Please tell those moms there who are trying to care for their families under such trying circumstances, that we are praying for them. Let them know that moms in a very far away place care about what they’re going through. And ask them how we can pray for them.

    Thank you for doing this! Keep us posted!

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