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Refugees were overwhelming a maternity hospital in Erbil, Turkey. The hospital has 53 beds for mothers, but 150 babies are born each day.
The death rate was heartbreakingly high until LDS Charities intervened.
Each time a new baby was born, a hospital staffer immediately wrapped the child in a blanket and handed the tiny bundle to someone else — often a cleaning lady — who dashed down a long hallway to the pediatric area.
“Four times a day, by the time she rushed the length of that hall, the baby would be dead,” said Brent Strong, a former BYU professor who with his wife, Margaret, served for 30 months as an LDS humanitarian volunteer in Amman, Jordan.
LDS Charities provided for lifesaving neonatal training at the hospital.
Mormons on the front lines of the global refugee crisis made presentations Monday during the annual conference of the LDS International Society at BYU’s Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center. They described the ways the charity arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints fills critical niches through dozens of partnerships across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
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