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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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Syrian children in Jordan work together to research, compile and write a child-led report focusing on the challenges facing refugees like themselves. PHOTO: Meg Sattler/World Vision
Mar 11, 2014

New report by Syrian refugee children reveals fear, violence and uncertainty in host countries

Report entirely written and researched by Syrian children, with the text unaltered, helps shed light on the crisis through children's eyes.

InterAction: A United Voice for Global Change
Mar 6, 2014

Statement by InterAction member CEOs on the third anniversary of the Syrian civil war

Member CEOs of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international relief and development organizations, wish to express our deep concern for the families of the Syrian Arab Republic as the war enters its fourth year with no end in sight.

Top humanitarian crisises to watch in 2014
Mar 3, 2014

Top humanitarian crises to watch in 2014

World Vision disaster relief experts identify six humanitarian emergencies to follow this year.

10-year-old Nasrella lives in a tent in the Bekaa Valley. He says although life is difficult, he is just glad to be far away from the bombs and shelling that was so devastating back home in Syria. PHOTO: Nick Ralph / World Vision
Feb 24, 2014

Public urged to voice their outrage and demand action to prevent a lost generation in Syria

Children fleeing Syria's conflict cannot afford another year of bloodshed, suffering and missed education, warn aid agencies.

Jan 30, 2014

President Obama missed opportunity to encourage Americans to support Syrian crisis, says World Vision

Despite mentioning the conflict three times in his 65-minute State of the Union speech, President Obama remained silent on the human face of the crisis.

Video: What peace means to Syrian refugee children
Mar 5, 2014

Video: What peace means to Syrian refugee children

As world leaders discuss Syria’s future, World Vision asked these children to explain what peace means to them.

In partnership with UNHCR, World Vision is helping Syrian refugee children like Manal, nearly three-years-old, living in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, by supplying families with blankets, hygiene kits, and baby kits, as well as e-vouchers for them to buy what they need for winter, like blankets or a stove.
Jan 20, 2014

Geneva II Joint Letter

An open letter to world leaders, on behalf of Syria's children.

 In partnership with UNHCR, World Vision supplied blankets, hygiene kits, and baby kits to Syrian refugees in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. World Vision also gave people e-vouchers to buy what they need for winter, like blankets or a stove.
Jan 20, 2014

Failure of Geneva II talks would put millions of lives at risk, warns aid coalition

The failure of Geneva II talks would put millions of lives at risk, warns aid coalition.

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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.

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.