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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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Scene from Debaga camp in the Kurdish region of Iraq. Hundreds of people are arriving to the camp daily, fleeing violence around Mosul. This is creating overcrowded conditions. PHOTO: World Vision.
Sep 20, 2016

World Vision preparing for potential large-scale displacement, humanitarian crisis in Iraq

Anticipated military action in Mosul could force up to one million people to flee their homes

Syrian refugee and his family who live in an Informal Tented Settlement in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley that houses Syrian refugees. Families build shelters with wood frames and plastic tarps on land that they rent in the settlement. PHOTO: World Vision/Jon Warren.
Sep 16, 2016

Syria Cessation of Hostilities Welcome: Humanitarian Aid Desperately Needed

A statement from 100 Syrian, regional and international humanitarian and human rights organizations on Syria’s Cessation of Hostilities

Families live in makeshift tents in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, after fleeing their homes due to the Syria conflict. PHOTO: World Vision/Jon Warren
Sep 16, 2016

UN leaders can no longer sit on the fence; children’s lives are at stake

Nearly 50 million children are depending on leaders at UN summit to commit to concrete actions to address the issues causing children to flee their homes

Syrian refugees gather at a makeshift camp in Lebanon. PHOTO: World Vision/Jon Warren
Aug 3, 2016

"Humanitarian Corridor" Proposal deeply flawed

Syrian, regional and international humanitarian, human rights and development organizations come together to voice their concerns, call for an end to targeting of civilians in Syria conflict

A photo by World Vision staff shows the center with windows blown out in the aftermath of the airstrikes.
Jul 21, 2016

Airstrikes damage World Vision child protection center in Syria

About 400 children are provided psychosocial support at the center

NAIROBI (June 20, 2016) -- As the world marks World Refugee Day, major global events are set to tax already-stretched-thin humanitarian resources, and this could lead to especially harmful impacts on children, warns World Vision. The closure of the world’s largest refugee camp, an ever-worsening crisis in Syria, and ongoing conflicts like South Sudan mean the number of displaced people around the world is likely to increase. This would add even more pressure on structures for humanitarian response, which a
Jun 17, 2016

Closure of world’s largest refugee camp will intensify displacement and create uncertain future for children, warns World Vision

    Other current events including Syria Crisis, ongoing South Sudan conflict could compound already challenging situation

Syrian refugee family gathers outside of their makeshift tent, located in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. PHOTO: World Vision/Brenda Yu
Jun 16, 2016

Southern Baptist Convention Resolution Supports Refugees

Faith leaders call for others to join in support of refugees 

Linda Hiebert, World Vision International’s Partnership Leader, Education and Life Skills testifies at the United States Senate on Foreign Relations Sub-Committee hearing, Barriers to Education Globally: Getting Girls in the Classroom,
Jun 16, 2016

More funding for girls’ education urgently needed, testifies World Vision

Globablly one out of every 11 children is out of school. Girls living in conflict-affected areas are twice as likely to be out of school.

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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.