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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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U.N. issues largest-ever emergency appeal for Syria crisis
Jun 10, 2013

U.N. issues largest-ever emergency appeal for Syria crisis

UNICEF estimates that children make up more than half of the refugees fleeing Syria.

Aid worker’s diary: Syrian refugees’ strength and despair
Jun 4, 2013

Aid worker’s diary: Syrian refugees’ strength and despair

A World Vision aid worker in Lebanon tells of the hope and care found amid dire circumstances.

Debts, difficulties mount for Syrian refugees in Lebanon
May 10, 2013

Debts, difficulties mount for Syrian refugees in Lebanon

While fighting rages in Syria, humanitarian conditions continue deteriorating, and displaced families like Mahmoud and his wife and children are finding it increasingly difficult to cope.

Amid conflict in Syria, stories of shattered lives
Apr 30, 2013

Amid conflict in Syria, stories of shattered lives

As the war in Syria enters its third year, tragic stories continue to emerge of how children and families have been devastated. World Vision is providing assistance to Syrian refugees who have been forced to flee their homeland.

War in Syria: Children dodge bullets and bombs
Mar 15, 2013

War in Syria: Children dodge bullets and bombs

After two years of fighting, the prolonged conflict in Syria risks leaving an entire generation of children scarred for life, says a new UNICEF report.

Syrian refugee crisis: Lebanon overburdened by refugee needs
Feb 12, 2013

Syrian refugee crisis: Lebanon overburdened by refugee needs

Two years after the start of Syria’s civil war, Lebanon struggles to accommodate Syrian refugees who have settled throughout the country.

Jan 16, 2013

On the front lines of disaster relief in Haiti and far beyond

Three years after the deadly 2010 Haiti earthquake, World Vision continues working alongside communities there to provide long-term recovery support. But we’re also responding to other global humanitarian emergencies — natural and man-made — delivering critical assistance to children and families whose lives are at risk.

Syrian refugee children find safety in Lebanon
Oct 22, 2012

Syrian refugee children find safety in Lebanon

World Vision’s Child-Friendly Spaces offer a safe haven for children impacted by war.

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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.

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.