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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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Children at Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan carry water.
Jun 7, 2013

World Vision sounds the alarm: Funds urgently needed to save lives in Syria

As fighting escalates in Syria, life for children caught up in the conflict is getting worse. More than 80,000 people have been killed in the ongoing violence. Three million children have been affected so far, and the numbers will continue to rise as conflict continues.

14-year-old-Hamze fled Syria with his family and now lives in a refugee camp. In this video he grieves the loss of his home and friends. Still image from video.
Jun 17, 2013

G8 Leaders: Children of Syria can’t wait for peace any longer

G8 Leaders: The children of Syria can’t wait for peace any longer!

Aerial view of the Lough Erne Golf Club resort, site of the G8 summit in Ireland.
Jun 18, 2013

Geneva peace talks ‘best chance of a future for Syria’s children'

The G8's confirmation that the Geneva II peace conference will definitely go ahead is finally some good news for Syria's children.

Pray for children and families affected by war in Syria
Sep 4, 2013

Pray for children and families affected by war in Syria

Join us in prayer for children and families who are deeply affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria and the refugee crisis in neighboring countries.

Residents of the makeshift Syrian refugee settlement at El Marj in Lebanon.
Sep 5, 2013

At the G20: Open letter to leaders – from Syria

At the G20: Open letter to leaders – from Syria

VIDEO: Desperate families flee Syria
Sep 3, 2013

VIDEO: Desperate families flee Syria

In Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, World Vision’s Patricia Mouamar meets a family of refugees who fled civil war in Syria. With no resources, they’re sleeping in rough conditions and seeking aid from an already-overburdened community.

Refugee children need a peace offensive in Syria
Aug 28, 2013

Peace offensive is needed to end conflict in Syria, says World Vision

As the threat of military intervention looms, aid agency World Vision says all actors need to push forward with a peace offensive for children.
Report: Child-Friendly Spaces ease trauma in emergencies
Aug 26, 2013

Report: Child-Friendly Spaces ease trauma in emergencies

Children who regularly attend Child-Friendly Spaces in disaster zones are able to maintain a positive outlook on life, one study says.

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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.