How we've helped
With your support, World Vision has helped more than 1.8 million people in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. We hope to continue to fundraise so we can meet the needs of many more children and their families. Your support is crucial to helping us continue our work reaching those caught up in a crisis beyond their control.
After four devastating years of fighting, there is still no end in sight to the crisis. This short, moving video highlights the struggles child refugees face on a daily basis.
Since the conflict erupted in Syria in March 2011, a staggering four million people have fled across borders to escape the violence – equivalent to more than the populations of South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT combined. Another 7.6 million people – more than New South Wales’s entire population – are displaced inside Syria. Some of these people have chosen to stay, others cannot get out.
The UN has called the largest humanitarian appeal in history to help the millions of people affected by the crisis. With no immediate end to the conflict in sight the people of Syria face continued uncertainty, not knowing whether they will ever return to normal life.
It’s hard to comprehend, but at least 191,000 people have lost their lives, and limited access within Syria means the UN is unable to keep track of the growing number - this number is conservative.
Sadly, the crisis in Syria has turned millions of peoples lives upside down. These three girls tell us what they miss about home, and what their life is like now. From middle class beginnings, to living in makeshift tents today, with no promise of what tomorrow will bring.
More than half of those caught up in the conflict are children. Many have lost family members, their homes and witnessed or experienced violence. They are also missing out on many things that children need to grow- an education, interaction with other children and safe, solid homes to go back to. Instead they are scared and frustrated.
Those who have fled Syria are staying with host families in their country of refuge, in refugee camps or in makeshift accommodation such as garages, broken down buildings and in self-constructed tents. Living conditions in these accommodations are harsh, and families often struggle to access the essentials - food, clean water and shelter from weather conditions.
Lebanon is hosting about 1.2 million Syrian refugees, and more than 600,000 are in Jordan. In Lebanon, Syrian refugees now make up almost 20 percent of the population. Unsurprisingly this is putting immense strain on the host communities.
MIDDLE CENTRE: "It was the first day of Ramadan in the morning. The planes came and bombed out place and we were so frightened. My father came and took us and took us to the shelter." - Amel, 11.
Even the inhospitable Bekaa Valley, with its extreme temperatures and rugged terrain, is playing host to refugees
Two refugee camps - Za'atari and Azraq - provide some shelter for those who can't look after themselves
Fighting in Syria has been so brutal that people have even sought sanctuary across the border in Iraq
A series of reports on the Syrian Crisis by Melissa Doyle. Melissa travelled to Jordan and Lebanon with World Vision Australia in November 2013 to produce these stories for the Seven Network in Australia.
Syrian children need our help. The impacts of war are devastating and this conflict has already consumed three long years. Let's speak up: Don't let the #childrenofsyria lose another year to bloodshed and suffering. #nolostgeneration
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