The New York Times5 December 1914


Missionaries Tell of Terrible Conditions - Raids by Kurds.

The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions has issued a bulletin relative to conditions in Turkey which contains excerpts from letters recently received in this country from missionaries in Turkey. Some of them read:

  1. N. Andru of Mardin. - Everything is in confusion, trade is utterly paralyzed, travel is impossible, transportation is stopped, schools are stripped of their teachers, money has ceased to circulate, drafts cannot be cashed, grain remains unthrashed and unwinnowed for lack of animals and men to do the work; the labor market is closed, and hunger in the midst of plenty is already looking in at the door of thousands of whence two, three, four, and, in some cases, five of the breadwinners have been summoned to the ranks.
  2. C. Woodley of Marash. - Churches cannot pay pastors' salaries and we cannot help because of our shortage of funds. From one of our best outstation churches seventy-two out of ninety-four male members have been callers out as soldiers.
  3. C. Partridge of Sivas. - Everything that is movable is being taken from shops and in some cases from houses. Thousands of villagers have been sleeping hungry in the streets of Sivas for three weeks, while their wheat is wasting in the fields.

Mary D. Uline of Bitlis. - If ever relief was needed it is now. People will starve to death and die of exposure.

Hundreds and hundreds of wild Arabs and Kurds from the south have been going through the city on their horses. They helped. themselves to whatever they wanted from merchants and travelers.

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