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World Vision Supports Refugee Relief Efforts in Europe and Middle East

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Two Syrian brothers sit on a bench in a park in Belgrade, Serbia.
​Syrian children get some rest on a bench in a park in Belgrade, Serbia. Many Syrian families have fled to Europe to find safety. Photo: Aida Sunje/World Vision.
Syrian family seeks refuge in park in Serbia
​Another Syrian family sets up a shelter in a park in Belgrade, Serbia. There are an estimated 340,000 asylum-seekers in Europe, from the Middle East and Syria. Photo: Aida Sunje/World Vision​.
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World Vision is asking for your help as we provide assistance to Syrian children and families seeking asylum in Europe.  We are 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. These distributions will continue in the days ahead as additional resources become available. World Vision teams are also assessing the possibility of setting up Child-friendly Spaces and providing blankets and mattresses before winter comes.

 
"Like millions of Canadians, I've been watching the unfolding refugee crisis in Europe with deep concern," says Michael Messenger, president and CEO of World Vision Canada. "The fact that parents are willing to undertake the perilous journey by sea to get to Europe illustrates how desperate they are to keep their children safe and ensure they have a future."  

 
"Canadians have clearly been moved by the plight of Syrian refugees and now, more than ever, support is needed to care for children and families," Michael Messenger adds. "I urge all Canadians to learn more about the Syrian crisis and consider making a donation to World Vision's Syrian crisis relief efforts."

 
Our Work with Refugees in the Middle East
The work being done in Europe complements World Vision's long-standing relief efforts to help Syrian refugees and internally displaced people in the Middle East, which began in March 2011. Since that time, World Vision has reached approximately two million people with food and food vouchers, water, household and hygiene supplies and educational support for children who have been without access to schooling. World Vision is active in working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan and with displaced populations within Syria itself and in Iraq.

 
The Latest Numbers
According to the latest estimates, more than 4 million Syrians have fled their homes to escape conflict in the country, with the majority fleeing to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.
   
An estimated 340,000 asylum seekers have arrived in Europe so far in 2015, coming from Syria and the Middle East, but also regions affected by conflict and food insecurity in Africa and Afghanistan.

 
World Vision is accepting donations for its specific response to the Syrian crisis, but also through its Raw Hope program, which aims to help children in the world's most dangerous countries.

 

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