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World Vision's staff respond to natural disasters, conflicts and other emergencies in dozens of countries each year. Staff can provide eyewitness interviews, expert analysis and compelling insight into these tragic events.

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Destruction in the Dominican Republic following Tropical Storm Chantal

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Ansha, playing with her youngest daughter, Maida. Ansha was just 10 years old when Ethiopia’s infamous 1984 famine swept Antsokia Valley. Suffering from malnutrition, she recovered following treatment at one of World Vision’s emergency feeding centers. Though she experienced nightmares for years, today her life has transformed. Now the mother of four healthy children, Ansha sells sugarcane by the truckload. PHOTO: Alexander Whittle / World Vision
Oct 20, 2014

Antsokia Valley transformed over 30 years, says World Vision

Children are now thriving in today’s lush green landscape of Antsokia, which was one of the hardest-hit areas 30 years ago, where an estimated 1 million people were affected by famine in Ethiopia.

World Vision International President Kevin Jenkins visits with Veronica, a mother of five, and her youngest child, Joseph Kyanowok. PHOTO: Nigel Marsh / World Vision
Oct 15, 2014

South Sudan escapes official famine, but even without a name hunger still kills

South Sudan’s food insecurity crisis hasn’t worsened to the point of famine, but the threat still looms large with meager crops potentially only delaying life-threatening hunger.

Ebola crisis: World Vision staff, faith leaders fight to curb deadly virus
Oct 9, 2014

Ebola crisis: World Vision staff, faith leaders fight to curb deadly virus

In Sierra Leone, World Vision staff, with government officials and other agencies, are working to curb the deadly virus. Faith leaders are being equipped with messages on prevention and awareness, and we are helping them address hopelessness, fear, and stigma in the communities they serve.

Child affected by conflict in Iraq/Syria
Sep 23, 2014

As airstrikes in Syria begin, World Vision urges international leaders to protect affected children

As news breaks about airstrikes in Syria, World Vision is gravely concerned about the impact of the Syrian crisis on a generation of children. 1.5 million children have now fled Syria. Twice that number remain, many under direct threat of violence.

Ebola Medical Supply Donation
Sep 18, 2014

World Vision, McKesson, other donors prepare massive shipment of medical supplies to support Sierra Leone health workers

Days before the government of Sierra Leone institutes a three-day quarantine to contain the spread of Ebola, World Vision will begin a massive delivery of 200 pallets of medical relief supplies.

Ebola virus outbreak and World Vision’s response efforts
Nov 25, 2014

Ebola outbreak in West Africa: World Vision responds to deadly, complex health emergency

Faced with the deadliest Ebola virus outbreak in history, World Vision is on the front lines of efforts to curb and prevent spread of the deadly disease in Sierra Leone and other countries in West Africa.

Syrian refugee Fatima, 8, with her father and younger brother Hakim. The family left Syria for Lebanon after their home was hit by rockets. Some members of the family have lost their lives in the conflict. PHOTO: Alexander Whittle / World Vision
Sep 3, 2014

Children 'may never recover' from Syrian conflict, says World Vision

World Vision is urging world leaders not to forget the ongoing suffering of children caused by the Syrian conflict, as refugee numbers surpassed 3 million Friday in what the UN is calling “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.”

These Iraqi families have all made a long and terrifying journey to escape violence in their home towns. They are currently staying in temporary facilities in Dahuk, Iraq. PHOTO: Meg Sattler / World Vision
Aug 25, 2014

An urgent call to stop the horrific suffering in Iraq

As international faith-based humanitarian and development organizations and networks, we call for international pressure at all levels, and from people, governments and institutions of goodwill, to urgently and adequately address the situation in Iraq.

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