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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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Bouchra, 5, is one of the many children who have fled Syria and are now living in tented settlements in Lebanon. PHOTO: World Vision
Jan 21, 2016

An Appeal to End the Suffering in Syria

13.5 million people inside Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance.

Hear the dreams of Syrian children.
Jan 14, 2016

Syria's children write a letter to the world

Children living in Lebanon as refugees from the war in Syria want people to hear them speak about their dreams and struggles. 

Jan 11, 2016

Aid agencies: One-off aid convoys won’t save starving Syrians

Aid agencies calling for all parties to end seige of civilian areas and ensure permanent humanitarian access

Video: First snowfall for Syrian refugees in Lebanon
Jan 6, 2016

Video: First snowfall for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

The start of the new year brought freezing temperatures and the first snowfall of winter to Syrian refugees living in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley.

This Giving Tuesday, Thirty-One Gifts doubles impact of all World Vision donations and donates colorful blankets and tote bags to women in need. PHOTO: World Vision
Nov 23, 2015

This Giving Tuesday, Thirty-One Gifts doubles impact of all World Vision donations

This Giving Tuesday, Thirty-One Gifts doubles impact of all World Vision donations and donates colorful blankets and tote bags to women in need.

Syrian refugees arrive by the busload in Europe. PHOTO: World Vision / Laura Reinhardt
Nov 10, 2015

Surprise: Following Paris attacks, Americans just as willing to help Syrian refugees

A survey conducted after the Paris attacks found that Americans are just as willing to help Syrian refugees as they were beforehand.

Video: Refugees face rain, cold en route to Europe
Nov 4, 2015

Video: Refugees face rain, cold en route to Europe

Refugees experience new hardships as a cold, rainy autumn sets in.

NPR #15Girls series highlights teen girls around the world and the issues they face.
Oct 30, 2015

NPR, World Vision highlight plight of Syrian refugee teens

NPR series #15Girls highlights concerns and dreams of 15-year-old girls around the world.

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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.