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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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In Malakal, South Sudan, towns have been destroyed and many families have been forced to flee from the violence into United Nations shelters. PHOTO: Nadene Robertson / World Vision
Apr 29, 2014

NGOs condemn attacks on civilians in South Sudan and emphasize a need for urgent humanitarian assistance

Non‐governmental organizations express deep concern at the serious escalation in violence in South Sudan, which has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of civilians and is exacerbating an already profound humanitarian crisis.

Relief aid arrives for Arkansas tornado survivors
May 2, 2014

Relief aid arrives for Arkansas tornado survivors

In the wake of tornadoes that devastated areas of the Midwest, South, and East, World Vision has begun distributing relief supplies in rural Arkansas communities hard-hit by the deadly storms.

Azraq camp in Jordan, a few days ahead of it opening for Syrian refugees. Thousands are expected to fill the camp as the crisis enters its fourth year with no end in sight. PHOTO: Robert Neufeld/World Vision
Apr 24, 2014

New refugee camp opens in Jordan as Syrian humanitarian crisis continues to grow

Azraq, a new refugee camp, will open near Amman, Jordan at the end of April. It has the capacity to host up to 130,000 people, which would make it one of the world's largest. World Vision calls the opening sad but significant.

Apr 24, 2014

Annual disaster shelter design competition focuses on needs of Syrian refugees

This weekend, John Brown University will host its annual shelter design competition to build a transitional shelter for refugees. This year the prototypes must meet the needs of Syrian refugees living in camps along the Syrian borders of Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.

A World Vision volunteer and his family in the UN compound in Malakal, South Sudan, after narrowly escaping gun attacks. PHOTO: Michael Arunga / World Vision
Apr 16, 2014

World Vision fears no safe place for children as fighting breaks out in new areas of South Sudan

Renewed fighting has broken out in several cities in South Sudan, including the border town of Renk where many internally displace people relocated due to the stability in the area, reports World Vision.

Over one million people have been displaced by violence in South Sudan. PHOTO: World Vision
Apr 16, 2014

South Sudan at risk of worst hunger crisis since 1980s

Without urgent funding in the next few weeks, seven million children and families will be at risk of starvation in South Sudan, as violent conflict rages on.

Rwanda genocide perpetrator: ‘I asked for forgiveness’
Apr 14, 2014

Rwanda genocide perpetrator: ‘I asked for forgiveness’

In Rwanda, Emmanuel Nyirimbuga works in a World Vision community project that brings survivors and perpetrators together to find healing and forgiveness. Emmanuel is a genocide perpetrator. Read a recent interview with him.

Child-Friendly Spaces help refugee children hold on to childhood
Apr 15, 2014

Child-Friendly Spaces help refugee children hold on to childhood

New research from Columbia University shows that Child-Friendly Spaces like those set up by World Vision and other relief agencies in disaster or conflict areas give children and their parents more confidence about avoiding child trafficking and labor.

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