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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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The Latest

Up to the minute news, press releases, media and more.

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.
13-year-old Ammar works in his uncle's shop in Jordan and is often too sick or tired to attend school. His family fled the violence in Syria. PHOTO: Lauren Fisher / World Vision
Jan 21, 2014

Geneva talks critical for the protection of millions of children, says World Vision

Talks in Geneva are critical for the protection of millions of children, says World Vision.

Abiya, 6, and her family were forced to flee Syria after her father was killed in the conflict. PHOTO: Nick Ralph / World Vision
Jan 15, 2014

World Vision welcomes the approximately $2.4 billion committed at the Kuwait pledging conference today

World Vision welcomes $2.4 billion committed at Kuwait pledging conference for Syria crisis.

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.


Fact Sheets and Extras

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.