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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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New poll shows increased awareness of Syria refugee crisis among Americans
Oct 14, 2015

New poll shows increased awareness of Syria refugee crisis among Americans

Among those familiar with the Syria conflict, more than 4 in 5 (83 percent) now believe the United States should help in some way.

Prayer for refugees and displaced people
Oct 9, 2015

Prayer for refugees and displaced people

Join us in prayer for all those who find themselves “strangers,” as Jesus calls them in Matthew 25:35.

Videos: The lives of displaced and refugee children in Syria and South Sudan
Oct 15, 2015

Videos: The lives of displaced and refugee children in Syria and South Sudan

Fighting in Syria, South Sudan, and other countries has resulted in nearly 60 million people being displaced from their homes. These videos show how some children and families are affected.

Samer stands in the doorway of the tent he shares with eight other people in an informal settlement of Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. (Credit: Patricia Mouamar)
Oct 14, 2015

Syria Crisis: Five years into the conflict, new poll shows increased awareness among Americans

Among those familiar with Syria conflict, more than 4 in 5 Americans now believe the U.S. should help in some way.

Children and their parents walk together along the Serbia, Croatia border, in their trek across Europe. Many Syrians are making the journey, fleeing the violence in their home country. PHOTO: World Vision/Laura Reinhardt.
Oct 7, 2015

Mark Smith testifies before U.S. Congress on Syria humanitarian crisis

Testimony will focus on the realities on the ground in the Syria humanitarian crisis, the impact on children, and what action World Vision hopes to see from the U.S. government.

Three-year-old Adib plays near the tents where his family and another family have lived for the past three days. They're staying at an abandoned brick factory on the outskirts of the Serbian city, Subotica and are hoping to eventually cross into Germany. PHOTO: World Vision/ Laura Reinhardt.
Oct 2, 2015

Letters urge Congress, Administration: Welcome refugees

Evangelical Immigration Table urges Congress and the Obama administration to welcome refugees and significantly increase the number of refugees the country admits in the next fiscal year.

In Congressional address, Pope Francis calls leaders to use Golden Rule in decision-making
Sep 24, 2015

In Congressional address, Pope Francis calls leaders to use Golden Rule in decision-making

In his much anticipated papal address before the U.S. Congress, Pope Francis spoke about the greatest challenges of our time, including poverty, the refugee crisis, and conflict.

A Google map perspective on a refugee's journey walking from Syria to Serbia
Sep 18, 2015

Google map perspective: A refugee’s journey walking from Syria to Serbia

It would be a 1,400-mile walk, taking an estimated 452 hours.

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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.