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OPERATIONSAFE CHILD TRAUMA TRAINING IN SEOUL KOREA

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While heavy snow fell in Tokyo in mid-February, the OperationSAFE team headed to Seoul, Korea, to share child trauma training with Cornerstone, a ministry focused on North Korea.  Since the cease-fire (not a peace treaty) ended open hostilities in 1953, North Korea has become one of the most repressive human rights violators in the world.  Children invariably become some of the most affected because of their vulnerability.

The UN’s commission on human rights violations in North Korea’s report that was released to the public on the 17th of February 2014 has the following things to say about children,

1. The State operates an indoctrination machine that takes root from childhood to propagate an official personality cult.

2. The State denied humanitarian access to some of the most affected regions and groups, including homeless children.  Street children migrating clandestinely to Pyongyang and other cities – principally in search of food – are routinely subject to arrest and removal.  The commission is particularly concerned about ongoing chronic malnutrition in children and its long-term effects.

3.  An estimated 20,000 children born to women from the DPRK are currently in China but are deprived of their rights to birth registration, nationality, education and health care because registration would expose mother to repatriation.  Repatriated women who are pregnant are regularly subjected to forced abortions, and babies born are often killed.  In political prison camps denial of reproductive rights are enforced through punishment, forced abortion and infanticide.

OperationSAFE and Cornerstone are strategically preparing child trauma workers to minister to children in the aftermath of the fall of the current regime in North Korea.  During the training conference, CRASH Japan director Jonathan Wilson taught on Post Traumatic Stress, crisis intervention for children and how to provide ongoing care for workers over long responses.  OperationSAFE leader Rie Wilson and the team coached their Korean counterparts on children’s games, songs, crafts and activities.  Cornerstone also brought in speakers with first-hand experience teaching North Korean refugee children and the situation in the North.

Cornerstone has opened up a Facebook page for OperationSAFE in Korean for those interested in learning more the program.

OPERATIONSAFE CHILD TRAUMA CAMP IN QUINAPONDAN, EAST SAMAR

The first OperationSAFE child trauma camp in East Samar finished in the city of Quinapondan.  The Philippines Children’s Ministry Network and local volunteers held the 5-day camp with support from Humedica and the Billy Graham Evangelical Association.

Christmas Stollen Project: Thank you so much for your help!

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Praise the Holy Name of the Lord!

Thank you for your precious prayers and cooperation with the project. We were able to raise 104,000 yen, along
with the churches of Sendai and Koriyama at the temporary housing cafes we were able to provide 25 stollen!(Christmas Cakes)

From Koriyama Cooperative Staff – Yuko Shiotsu

These were just some of the comments I heard from disaster survivors living in Aizu.

“The stollen was very delicious, thank you so much!”

“It was so well made and contained delicious apples.”

“We are so happy that people all over Japan remembered us”,

From Sendai Office Leader – Ayumu Sasaki

Through the precious gifts of everyone, We were able to finish the 2013 CRASH Japan Christmas Project full of
blessings.  So many people wondered “what is stollen?” “Is it food?”, so I was able to explain about it and after that everyone was really happy to receive them.  I was able to have the opportunity to explain unfamiliar Christmas customs to people.  I would like to express my heartfelt thanks, and ask for your continued prayers for Tohoku.

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