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Refugee Crisis in Syria and Iraq

World Vision is serving children and families displaced by the brutal fighting in Syria and violence in Iraq, as they find refuge in neighboring areas and countries. Resources and staff interviews are available.

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Up to the minute news, press releases, media and more.

May 4, 2016

World Vision statement on recent medical facility attacks

World Vision calling for all diplomatic means possible to stop attacks

A Syrian family huddles around a fire in their informal tented settlement, located in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. PHOTO: World Vision/Jon Warren
Apr 29, 2016

NGOs and faith groups to Obama & Putin: Hope is crumbling on your watch, save Syria’s ceasefire

As Syrian conflict continues in its 5th year, aid groups calls for peace

Little girl with pig tails looks at camera. She was born in this refugee camp.
Apr 27, 2016

Syria refugee crisis FAQ: How the war is affecting children

Why are people fleeing Syria? What are the greatest needs of the refugees? How can I help, and show them the love of God?

A family traveling along the refugee route through Serbia. World Vision is assisting with hygiene and baby supplies, safe spaces for children to play, food and water. PHOTO: World Vision/ Goran Stupar.
Mar 18, 2016

Young refugees cite military, police and being sent home as biggest fears

Children spoken to by World Vision at the Serbian-Macedonian border say their greatest fear is being sent back to the war and fighting they have fled.

A Syrian girl attends remedial education classes funded by World Vision Jordan and transcends her trauma to rediscover the joy of learning and life. PHOTO: Jon Warren/World Vision
Mar 17, 2016

As Syrian war enters 6th year humanitarian agencies jointly appeal for unfettered aid

More than 100 humanitarian agencies appealed to allow immediate and on-going access to people suffering inside the country.

A cross stands on a steep hillside above Zahlé, overlooking the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon, where more than a million Syrian refugees have found shelter. Informal Tent Settlements dot the valley below.
Mar 10, 2016

Christians unite in prayer for refugees at fifth anniversary of Syrian conflict

As next week marks the end of five years of conflict in Syria, Christian organizations representing a diversity of practice and tradition are participating in a prayer campaign called #prayforrefugees, uniting Christians around central biblical beliefs about refugees.

A Syrian child in one of Lebanon's tented settlements plays with a toy amid the mud. PHOTO: World Vision/Jon Warren.
Mar 4, 2016

Report reveals horrifying cost of conflict to Syria, its neighbors and its children

The cost of conflict to Syria is an estimated US$275 billion in lost growth opportunities.

Photo from World Vision staff shows a hospital specializing in women and children after bombing damaged its infrastructure and forced it to close its doors and potentially relocate services. PHOTO: World Vision
Feb 16, 2016

Bombing impacts World Vision-supported hospital for women and children in northern Syria

Hospital, which served 3,500 women and children a month, was forced to suspend services due to bombing, security concerns

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Fact Sheets and Extras

The Cost of Conflict for Children: Five years of the Syria crisis

World Vision partnered with Frontier Economics to evaluate the economic losses to Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, and provide a closer look at the impact the Syrian conflict is having on children.

World Vision's Syria Response in 2015

A comprehensive look at World Vision's work in the Syria Crisis in 2015 -- showing success, numbers of people helped and the way forward in 2016.

A Dangerous Journey from Conflict to Safety: The European Refugee Crisis

An increasing number of children are journeying across Europe as a part of the refugee crisis. This policy brief provides overall recommendations to keep those who are the most vulnerable safe.

Syrian Crisis: Child-Friendly Spaces | World Vision (VIDEO)

This video highlights the promise and success of Child-Friendly Spaces in keeping Syrian refugee children safe and happy.

World Vision's 4-year policy briefing on the crisis in Syria (PDF)

As the crisis in Syria enters its fifth year, the deteriorating trend of death, destruction and suffering shows little sign of abating. In 2014, huge increases were seen in the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance.

Syria Crisis Response, 3 Years on: Impact Report (PDF)

The human tragedy of the Syria crisis is incomprehensible, because for every adult, every child affected ... there is a face, a heart, a loss, a dream, a story. This report summarizes World Vision’s involvement in supporting children, parents and families affected by the Syria crisis. It tells not a story of resolution, but of respite. It recounts our efforts to mitigate some of the worst effects of this crisis.

Relevant Magazine: 5 organizations helping the people of Iraq and Syria (LINK)

World Vision is one of the world’s largest Christian humanitarian organizations, and is currently working to provide displaced Iraqis with food, water, sanitation, shelter and safety. World Vision currently has teams on the ground in Iraq, assisting religious minorities and those effected by the violence who were forced to flee their homes.

Stand with me: Children's rights, wronged (Jan. 2014 Report PDF)

As the Syrian conflict nears its fourth year, the situation for children affected by the crisis is becoming unbearable. Thousands of children have been killed, and millions more have been displaced. More than 4.3 million of these children remain in Syria, while more than 1.2 million have fled into neighboring countries, including Lebanon and Jordan.

Syria Crisis: Education Interrupted (Joint Report PDF)

Every day the crisis in Syria is prolonged, the pain endured by innocent families grows – leaving deep scars that are likely to disfigure the Middle East and beyond for years to come. Most affected of all are Syria’s children: more than 5 million young lives are at risk of becoming a “lost generation.”This paper focuses on the havoc being wreaked on these children’s hopes of an education – and the likely consequences for the region’s future.

The Guardian: Sara's story (VIDEO LINK)

"Before the war started, nothing worried me. Then our home got bombed," says Sara, 14, from Damascus, who now lives in a cardboard shack with 14 relatives in a border refugee camp in Lebanon. She shares her memories of her father, who was killed in 2012. A photo album and a watch he gave her are all she now has to remember him by. World Vision provides water to the camps and education – a catchup school, which Sara attends – as well as psychosocial support

Robbed of Childhood: Running From War (PDF)

War in their country is placing on Syrian children emotional burdens they are too young to bear.

Under Pressure: Advocacy Report for Syria's Children (PDF)

War in Syria and the resulting flood of refugees into Lebanon places enormous pressure on Lebanese families & communities.

UN resolution on Humanitarian Access to Syria (PDF, Oct. 2, 2013)

A coalition of 16 international humanitarian organizations welcome today’s unanimous statement of the UN Security Council calling on all parties to the conflict in Syria to facilitate safe and unhindered humanitarian access to all civilians in need throughout the country.

OnFaith: How you can help in Iraq (LINK)

It can be tough not to despair in the face of the relentlessly awful news pouring out of Iraq — ethnic cleansing, widespread persecution of Muslims, Christians, and Yazidis, a tyrannical government that may not be replaced anytime soon. But despair leads only to inaction. World Vision is preparing a response to help those who’ve been forced to abandon their homes, including providing food, water, shelter, and health care.