On the ground: Trip to aid Syrian refugees has been difficult on many levels

Super storms last 2 days: Lightning, thunder torrential rains.

The camps flooded. The people miserable. Tents flooded. Water everywhere.

And last night the power went out and one of the Turkish translators came running into base with a flashlight warning us all “if the earth starts to shake run, run, run.”

Editor’s note

This is the seventh email the Independent Record has received from Hands On Global Executive Director Valerie Hellermann of Helena, who is delivering medical aid and offering comfort to people in Ukraine and Syrian refugees living in Hatay,Turkey (Turkiye), on the Syrian/Turkey border.

She is making her fourth trip overseas to areas in need since Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. She left Helena on Sept. 4 and plans to spend five weeks overseas. She started this trip in Ukraine, but was rerouted to Turkey to set up a mobile clinic. This email from Hellermann arrived 10:05 p.m. Monday.

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We have been busy. Did a clinic in a village not far from the base and we saw over 80 patients.

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