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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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A Syrian child’s life in a refugee camp: Sedra’s story
Jan 14, 2014

A Syrian child’s life in a refugee camp: Sedra’s story

The war in Syria uprooted Sedra’s family and forced them to flee. Now, she and her family live at Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan, yearning for their former life.

 Sedra, 7, with her friend. The two children live at Jordan's Za'atari Refugee Camp, set up to accommodate the flow of Syrians fleeing violence in their homeland.
Jan 7, 2014

Urgent call to prevent lost generation of Syrian children

Urgent call to prevent lost generation in Syria Crisis.

Syrian refugees face a bitter winter
Jan 6, 2014

Syrian refugees face a bitter winter

Syrian refugee children living in Lebanon and Jordan are bearing the brunt of winter’s cold. Families struggle to stay warm and need your support and prayers to survive.

Remedial education classes at the World Vision partner women's center in Irbid, helping Syrian refugees and poor Jordanians. Photo: Jon Warren / World Vision
Dec 13, 2013

Joint release - Education declines for Syrian children

The decline in education for Syrian children has been the sharpest and most rapid in the history of the region, according to a new paper published today.

Two Syrian refugees look out from their tent in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon as snow begins to cover the area. Photo: Ralph Baydoun / World Vision
Dec 11, 2013

Winter storm headed for Lebanon

Winter storm in Lebanon threatens Syrian refugees

A bitter winter is coming: Pray for vulnerable Syrian refugee children
Dec 10, 2013

A bitter winter is coming: Pray for vulnerable Syrian refugee children

This Christmas, join us in praying for children deeply affected by the crisis in Syria. The brutal cold of winter has arrived, and more than 1 million Syrian refugee children and their families are in dire need of life-saving assistance.

Lunch helps Syrian refugee children stay in Jordanian school
Dec 9, 2013

Lunch helps Syrian refugee children continue attending Jordanian school

Donations help Syrian refugees living in difficult conditions.

Hamze, a 14-year-old Syrian refugee, grieves the loss of his home. Still from video.
Sep 23, 2013

Desperate Syrians struggle to survive amid inadequate international aid

Millions of Syrians, forced to flee their homes because of the violent conflict engulfing their country, are without sufficient food, shelter and lifesaving medical care as international donors fail to meet United Nation funding appeals, 14 organizations warned.

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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.