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CRISIS IN SYRIA

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The Syrian conflict has entered its sixth year. During that time at least 250,000 people have been killed, with some independent Syrian organisations citing upwards of 450,000, among them up to 19,000 children. Approximately 11 million people have been forced from their homes.
 
World Vision humanitarian responders are on the front lines of this crisis working in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq to bring aid and hope to children, families and communities.
 
Millions of children are facing challenges children should not have to face - missing out on school, working as child labourers and girls vulnerable to early marriage. A generation of children is at risk of being lost to the impact of this conflict.
 
Since 2011, World Vision has helped over 2.37 million refugees, displaced people and vulnerable host community members. Last year 1.1 million people - among them 630,000 children – were supported.  Food assistance, emergency supplies, water and sanitation, health, education and child protection interventions reached children and families in need.
 
 

 

RELEASES AND STORIES
June 16, 2016 - On June 20, media are invited to World Refugee Day events held across the country. From Victoria, BC, to Rosthern, SK, to Winnipeg, MB, to Pictou, NS, and places in between, Canadians will gather to show support to the 60 million displaced people worldwide.
 
Canada’s new commitments to families displaced by war
April 13, 2016 – World Vision is encouraged by today’s announcements from the Government of Canada signalling its on-going commitment to help vulnerable people displaced by conflict.  
March 8, 2016 – New report released by World Vision highlights how far the persistent and horrifying costs for Syria, its neighbours and its children have risen and will likely rise in the future. 
 
March 5, 2016 - World Vision Canada and the Mennonite Central Committee helped bring together Canadian children and children recently arrived from Syria to make new friends in a fun environment.
 
February 12, 2016 – Today, the International Syria Support Group agreed to a plan for the cessation of hostilities and to accelerate and expand aid deliveries. But there are additional steps that can and should be taken to end this conflict, according to World Vision.
 
February 8, 2016 – World Vision Canada acknowledges the Government of Canada’s announcement today that it would cease airstrikes against ISIS by February 22, but there are additional steps that can and should be taken to end this conflict.
 
February 3, 2016 – World leaders gathering in London, England this week must make a realistic and robust funding pledge for families who have fled the Syria conflict, and there must be serious commitments made to ensure humanitarian access for the millions of people still in need inside Syria. 
 
January 7, 2016 – World Vision is encouraged by the Government of Canada’s announcement today that it will extend match funding through the Syrian Emergency Relief Fund until the end of February. 
 
 
December 20, 2015 - Canadian children are sending a heartfelt video welcome to help Syrian children feel at home in Canada. View the video HERE.
 
December 17, 2015 - World Vision Canada is partnering with Staples Advantage Canada (the B2B division of Staples) to welcome new Syrian families by providing school backpacks and suppliesto school-aged children. 
 
November 27, 2015 - World Vision is urging Canadians to support newly arriving Syrian families and unveiled a list of practical tips on how to help them adjust to life in Canada. ​
 
November 12, 2015 - Photo gallery of World Vision's response to the Syria refugee crisis.
 
November 9, 2015 -  The international community must agree to a bold new deal for Syria’s refugees if it is serious about tackling the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II.
 
​Ibrahim, Outayba, Youssef and Khatteb, all under the age of 11, have likely seen more horrors in their lives than we could ever imagine. It has taken two planes, one boat and 20 days of walking for them to reach the Serbia-Croatia border.
 
October 16, 2015 - As winter approaches, refugees in Serbia are unprepared for cold temperatures and rain.
 
October 4, 2015 - On October 4, World Vision established a Child Friendly Space (CFS) in partnership with UNICEF, for refugees crossing the Bapska border between Serbia and Croatia.
 
One hundred dollars a month: that’s the price Amira is paying for the small one-room shack her family is living in off of a main street in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. It’s an exorbitant price for Syrian refugees.
 
Syrian families who’ve fled their homes have nothing except the clothes on their backs. They’ve given up jobs, warm beds, school, loving friends, security, stocked pantries and more—all to stay alive.​
 
September 9, 2015  - World Vision has launched relief efforts to help Syrian children and families seeking asylum in Europe. Today, the agency began distributing baby kits and items for mothers and their families currently living in camps in Subotica and Kanjiza in northern Serbia, near the Hungarian border. 
 
March 12, 2015 – Three of Canada’s largest humanitarian aid agencies, released a scathing critique of how the United Nations Security Council has failed to alleviate the suffering of civilians in Syria.
 
​January 7, 2015 - The Government of Canada has announced $90 million in additional humanitarian funding for the refugee crises in Syria and Iraq. As part of this announcement, World Vision Canada has received $2.3 million for our humanitarian relief work in northern Iraq.

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