Mental health crisis in Syria likely to worsen following last month’s earthquake, World Vision warns
Highlights 94% of surveyed families in northwest Syria have some form of damage to their homes, and 51% have had their homes destroyed. 84% said the earthquake had impacted their children’s ability to access education, leaving them at risk of abuse and exploitation. Even...
World Vision deeply concerned about the fate of unaccompanied children in Syria following catastrophic earthquake
Highlights The already-stretched child protection system in northwest Syria is now overwhelmed due to the number of children who have lost one or both parents. Many are missing identity documents, adding to the challenges of reuniting them with their families. Child protection must remain...
World Vision warns of the worst humanitarian needs in over a decade following the Turkey-Syria earthquake; notes it will take over a generation to recover
Highlights Deadliest earthquake in a decade has created need greater than any other natural disaster the organization has responded to in over a decade World Vision notes that this humanitarian emergency, catastrophic in historic terms, requires an aid response that is historic in generosity...
Children in Syria at risk of abuse and separation as earthquake leaves hundreds of thousands unprotected
Highlights Hundreds of thousands of already vulnerable children are now homeless and facing greater risk of family separation, exploitation and abuse Children in danger of hypothermia as they struggle to survive in freezing temperatures With buildings still deemed unsafe, children will also be out...
World Vision responds to impact of catastrophic earthquake in Turkey and Syria
Highlights Teams on the ground assessing scale of damage and preparing response Organization expresses deep concern for children and communities in quake aftermath A scene of devastation following the deadly earthquake in Syria and Turkey on February 6, 2023. ©World Vision 2023 AMMAN (February...
World Vision welcomes news of first grain shipment from Ukraine, hopes it’s a step toward addressing global hunger crisis
Highlights World Vision is pleased that the first ship carrying grain has left the Ukrainian port of Odesa Millions of tons of grain need to be exported to tackle the global hunger crisis that’s put 50 million people, including an estimated 21 million children,...
As the world focuses on the Ukraine crisis, we must not forget Syria as it enters eleven years of conflict
As the crisis in Ukraine unfolds, less attention is being given to the lives of Syrian children, as the war moves into its eleventh year.
COVID-19 crisis hits Northwest Syria as positive test cases triple
“The international community must act now before it is too late. Syria is battling a complex health crisis, conflict, a severe economic deterioration, an imminent risk of severe food insecurity and the one of the worst child protection crises witnessed so far,”
One year on from the Beirut blast: Thousands struggle to survive Lebanon’s country-wide economic collapse
In the one year since the Beirut blast, a worsening economic crisis has vastly increased the numbers living in poverty, creating a worsening humanitarian crisis for Lebanon’s children.
Second surge in COVID-19 cases in Northwest Syria likely as cases double in a month, warns World Vision
Children playing with toys near their tent in Northwest Syria. Courtesy: World Vision Partners SEATTLE (June 9, 2021) – International aid agency World Vision today warned that COVID-19 cases have doubled last month in Northwest Syria where only around 54,000 doses of vaccine1 have...
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.