Resilience for Syrian refugees, IDPs and host communities in response to the Syrian and Iraqi crises

The Demolisher of the World and the Restorers

Based on true stories…

The Tale

A tale of a devastating evil in the world that wakes up from time to time to destroy the lives of innocents and ruin the lives of families. Not far, far away, but here, closer than we may imagine.

A tale about the good in the world that does not give up, as soon as they can help they hurry, rebuild, heal, bring hope for the suffering. Not as a kind of fairy, but through people, with the power of collaboration…


The story written by János Lackfi was inspired by the international Qudra programme launched following the war in Syria, which aims to give families who have fled the devastation a chance to return, re-start, and rebuild. The three characters in the tale: Ali, Emad, Avin are real internally displaced persons in Iraq who have been given the chance by the Hungarian Interchurch Aid to restart their lives under the Qudra programme…

The Reality

As a result of the war in Syria, more than 250,000 people have died since 2014, with more than 13.5 million people forced to leave their homes. It is estimated that 17 million people are currently in need of humanitarian aid. 80-90% of refugees live outside official refugee camps, with constant uncertainty. This is the most significant humanitarian crisis since World War two, which requires extensive international cooperation to alleviate it. The long-term Qudra programme helps families to return, resume, and locally recover from the effects of th war in Syria. The programme covers four countries bordering Syria (Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey).
Stories of Ali, Emad and Avin reveal the purpose of the programme and its pivotal importance:

About the Qudra programme

Qudra – an Arabic word meaning ‘strength’, ‘ability’ or ‘resilience’ – was launched in June 2016 and since then, the programme is being jointly implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Expertise France (EF), Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID) and Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA) in programme partner countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq/KRI. All four agencies, by pooling their experience and resources, endeavour to achieve a coherent concept and implementation in order to contribute to a shared European solution to the ongoing refugee crisis in the region.

Specific Objectives

Commissioning parties

MADAD - EU Regional Trust Fund

At the center of the robust EU aid response to the Syrian refugee crisis, the EU Regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian Crisis, supports up to 1,5 million Syrian refugees and their host communities in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and the Western Balkans. Since its establishment in December 2014, an increasing share of the EU’s non-humanitarian support to Syria’s neighbouring countries is provided through the EU Trust Fund.

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) aims freedom and security for all; a life without poverty, fear and environmental destruction – to move a little closer to this goal, that is the aim of Germany’s development policy. The guiding principles of Germany’s development cooperation will be protecting human rights and fostering the developing countries’ sense of ownership and ability to help themselves.

Implementing partners

Hungarian Interchurch Aid


Hungarian Interchurch Aid, founded in 1991, is one of Hungary’s largest charity organizations that also has gained international recognition. Through its expanding community of experts, volunteers, donors and corporate partners, HIA-Hungary assists those in distress and deprivation. Regardless of nationality, religion and ideology, HIA-Hungary provides assistance to those in need in Hungary, and in the international arena as a member of the international community in accordance with the strictest professional and transparency rules. HIA-Hungary has been present in Iraq since 2014; supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Hungary Helps program and also as a partner in the joint implementation of the Qudra programme.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit


The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a federal enterprise with worldwide operations. GIZ supports the German Government in the fields of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education. Through its work GIZ assists people and societies in shaping their own future and improving living conditions.



Expertise France

Expertise France is the French public agency for international technical assistance. It aims at contributing to sustainable development based on solidarity and inclusiveness, mainly through enhancing the quality of public policies within the partner countries. Expertise France designs and implements cooperation projects addressing skills transfers between professionals. The agency also develops integrated offers, assembling public and private expertise in order to respond to the partner countries‘ needs.

Spanish Agency for International Development


Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID) is a Public Law Entity attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. AECID is responsible for the development and management of the Spanish policies for development cooperation, aimed at reducing poverty and achieving sustainable human development in partners countries. To these end, AECID provides technical, economic and financial cooperation, as well as, humanitarian aid.

Making of The Demolisher of the World and the Restorers

The story was written by János Lackfi in 2019, based on stories collected by Hungarian Interchurch Aid in Iraq. Ferenc Cakó adapted the story in the form of sand animation. Hungarian and English narration was provided by Károly Rékasi and Iván Kamarás respectively. Editors: Rita Egyed and Tamás Mundrucz