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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 in A'zaz camp enjoy a light moment in the snow after fleeing violence in Syria. The camp is located about 60 miles from Aleppo City center. World Vision is providing blankets, mattresses and heating supplies to families there. PHOTO: World Vision.
Dec 21, 2016

Struggle for children who fled Aleppo ‘just beginning’, warn aid workers

World Vision providing blankets, mattresses and emergency supplies to those fleeing violence in Aleppo

candle, Syria, Aleppo, #candle4Syria
Dec 19, 2016

World Vision issues call for solidarity with Syria’s children this Christmas through #Candle4Syria campaign

As families and children flee the city of Aleppo, facing displacement, violence and freezing temperatures, World Vision today issued a call to millions around the world to light a #Candle4Syria, to show solidarity with those suffering in Syria this season.

Syrian refugee, little boy
Dec 7, 2016

Survey: While Aleppo and Mosul burn, American Christians less likely to pray for, help refugees than a year ago

Americans are less willing to respond to the needs of refugees than they were a year ago, according to the findings of World Vision’s second annual survey on Americans’ willingness to help refugees, particularly those affected by the conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

Children in Zelican camp get to play and draw for the first time in years after escaping the Mosul conflict. PHOTO: World Vision.
Nov 17, 2016

One month on: children from Mosul describe life under ISIL

More than 50,000 people have been displaced by the conflict – almost half are children under 18.

Children at play in Debaga camp, Iraq. Many families housed here fled during the initial violence in Mosul in 2014. PHOTO: World Vision/Chris Weeks.
Nov 2, 2016

Mosul: Children arriving at camps too terrified to speak, say World Vision staff

World Vision has been setting up Child Friendly Spaces to provide safe spaces for children to play and receive psycho-social support in northern Iraq.

Debaga camp in nothern Iraq is home to people who fled the first wave of Mosul fighting in 2014. World Vision is assisting in the camp. PHOTO: World Vision.
Oct 17, 2016

Children ‘will need years of support’ after Mosul offensive

Up to a million people could leave the city, which has been occupied since June 2014. World Vision workng to pre-position supplies of food, clean water and hygiene kits, will set up Child Friendly Spaces for children to find normalcy.

Debaga camp in northern Iraq is home to families displaced by violence in Mosul
Oct 16, 2016

How World Vision is preparing for humanitarian crisis in Mosul

As military action begins in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, hundreds of thousands are likely to flee the embattled city.  Here's how World Vision has prepared to care for them.

Refugees camp out at an informal settlement in Lebanon after fleeing the conflict in Syria. PHOTO: World Vision/Jon Warren
Sep 22, 2016

History will Judge Leaders for Response to UN convoy Attack in Syria

A statement by over 100 Syrian, regional and international humanitarian and human rights organizations on Monday’s attack on a humanitarian convoy in Aleppo

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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.