Posted on August 27, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Refugees
U.S. Army veteran Jeremiah Jones. Photo: Jeremiah Jones/sm
MISSOULA,— An Army Veteran who has lived in Missoula for nearly 20 years is in Kurdistan now raising money for displaced refugees.
He’s asking for donations to aid his cause.
Jeremiah Jones is a United States Army 82nd Airborne veteran. He left home last year to join the fight against ISIS in the Middle East. He saw a lack of Western interference in the turmoil in the region, and it sickened him.
He experienced first-hand the destruction and persecution of Kurds and Christians in Iraq and Syria, and he decided to dedicate his immediate future to bettering the lives of the displaced.
He has now spent nearly two months over the past year working with the Kurdistan Organization of Animal Rights Protection. He and a Kurdish veterinarian are working on a pilot program to bring animals to kids to give them a break from the turmoil, as well as educate them on animal rights.
“Everybody likes a bunny, for crying out loud. That was kind of the idea, bring some animals, birds, bunnies, just kind of break the cycle a little bit for the kids, just bring them smiles. I just wish they would have more opportunities for education, for fun, for crying out loud. Especially with the refugees,” Jones said.
Jones says there’s a huge need for outside investment in the region. He hopes his fundraising will increase Western awareness of the hardship in the area enough to prompt more foreign investment.
He and others are working on a partnership with A-A-J, a non-governmental organization registered in Kurdistan.
He hopes to raise $50,000, and the cut-off time is set at September 5th.
To donate to Jones’ cause, visit his website.