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The "worst conflict and humanitarian crisis in the world as we know it today" 

That's how our CEO Tim Costello described the conflict in Syria after visiting the region last month.

He travelled to the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan, home to more than 120,000 Syrians – over half of whom are children.

They are among an estimated 6.8 million people who have been forced to flee their homes to escape immediate danger, literally fleeing for their lives.

"I met everyday families, just like yours and mine, who were forced to leave their warm beds, jobs and loved ones as fighting arrived on their doorsteps." 

TOP: Arwa, 6 (centre, in blue), "I dream of going back to Syria, and be enrolled in school. I dream there are no snipers anymore." Arwa, her sisters and brothers and cousins sit on the floor of their quasi shelter in Azraq ©2013 Jon Warren/World Vision; BOTTOM RIGHT: Children living in Jordan neighborhoods often have nowhere to go and nothing to do. Islam, 1 (left); Semer, 2 (center); and Adel, 5 (right), are thin and lethargic from spending their days in the dilapidated, empty room they call home. In the summer, it’s stifling hot; in winter, bitter cold. Their mother, Nura, says, “I want my children to be able to play, go to school and grow up healthy and strong.”

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.