Among the many families he met was that of 12-year-old Mohammad, whose stomach was ripped apart by shrapnel when an artillery shell hit his family home. He was playing in the backyard with his siblings.
Mohammad endured six agonising days in and out of consciousness before he was treated – his father was too afraid to take him to a local hospital and walked for days until they found a medical tent. His family now lives in a tent in the Za'atari refugee camp with just a few clothes and some bedding.
Thanks to our donors, World Vision is helping families like Mohammad's who have fled to Jordan and neighbouring Lebanon through distribution of basic supplies like mattresses, blankets and personal hygiene kits to name a few.
We are also providing access to clean water and sanitation in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan, and in Lebanon we are providing children with social, emotional and catch-up educational support. On his return from the region, Mr Costello urged Australians to donate to the Syrian Crisis Appeal and to not give up on the people caught in the middle of this terrible conflict.
"With no immediate end to the conflict in sight, your donation will help meet immediate needs and give hope to families who have lost so much."
See the desperate conditions facing Syrian refuges in a Lebanese refugee camp in this short video featuring Tim Costello.