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Disasters and Emergency Response

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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Lauren Fisher

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Subject Matter Experts:

Jeff Wright

Chris Palusky

Destruction in the Dominican Republic following Tropical Storm Chantal

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

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.

World Vision-trained youth are key link in relief network
Apr 7, 2014

World Vision-trained youth are key link in relief network

Youth in Chile played a key role in helping their communities following the earthquakes earlier this month.

World Vision sends help after deadly Washington landslide
Apr 7, 2014

World Vision sends help after deadly Washington landslide

After a devastating landslide on March 22, World Vision is partnering with a local church in Oso, Washington, to provide relief to the community.

Videos: Rwanda, 20 years after genocide
Apr 3, 2014

Videos: Rwanda, 20 years after genocide

Following the genocide in Rwanda, where World Vision began relief and development work in 1994, hostility slowly yielded to faith and forgiveness, restoring communities and relationships. Learn more about the events leading up to the atrocities of April 1994, hear firsthand accounts from World Vision staff, and listen to stories of healing.

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