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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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World Vision is building the Azraq refugee camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan.
Jun 19, 2013

Number of Syrian refugees set to pass 2 million within weeks

The number of Syrian refugees will pass the 2 million mark within the next 9 weeks, a coalition of 18 aid agencies warned today. Marking the UN’s World Refugee Day, the coalition said it was deeply concerned about the alarming escalation of refugee numbers.

Azraq refugee camp construction
Jun 20, 2013

View From the Field: On World Refugee Day, building a home for those forced to leave theirs behind

Thursday, June 20, 2013 is World Refugee Day and humanitarians will be hard at work in Jordan’s northeastern desert helping to build what will become the country’s largest refugee camp.

Syrian refugee children struggle to get back to school
Aug 13, 2013

Syrian refugee children struggle to get back to school

With no end in sight for the refugee crisis in Syria, providing access to education for displaced children is just one among many urgent needs as humanitarian conditions grow increasingly dire.

Aug 1, 2013

Syrian refugee crisis stretching aid effort to its limits, say aid agencies

Many Syrian refugees living outside camps across countries in the region are losing out on the help they desperately need, according to five international aid agencies today.

Number of Syrian refugees ‘rises uncontrollably’
Jul 12, 2013

Number of Syrian refugees ‘rises uncontrollably’

Humanitarian conditions are increasingly grim in this region as fighting rages in Syria and millions of civilians have fled to neighboring countries, with thousands more crossing the border every week. Additional funding is urgently needed to provide care for refugees.

FAQs: War in Syria, children, and the refugee crisis
May 15, 2015

FAQs: War in Syria, children, and the refugee crisis

Read our overview of the conflict in Syria, the refugee situation in neighboring countries, and World Vision’s response to the crisis.

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.

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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.