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Game of Thrones star and World Vision supporter surprises Syrian refugee in Germany

Game of Thrones star Liam Cunningham on Tuesday paid a surprise visit to Hussam, a teenage Syrian refugee, now living in Germany.

Waiting to start a new life

Syrian refugee and father, Fahad, discusses the treacherous couple of years he and his family have endured since fleeing their home. Sleeping at a roadside with his wife and 5 children, all Fahad wishes for is safety and a place for his family to call home.

Most important New Year’s Resolutions

World Vision meets with Ibrahim, Isa & their 8-month-old baby Lubab. Recalling the events that drove them to flee Syria, Ibrahim and Isa discuss their journey to Serbia and their wish for baby Lubab to grow up free from fear.

Behind closed doors

17-year-old Dia* had her whole life ahead of her. But when family circumstances changed she found herself being manipulated by somebody close to the family, who coerced her into becoming a sex-worker. Now safely at a rehabilitation centre, Annila Harris met Dia to hear her story

Reconciliation after Ebola

World Vision's Stefanie Glinski recently travelled to Sierra Leone to meet Frances - a 10-year-old girl orphaned by Ebola. As the country is declared Ebola-free, Stefanie found that many survivors like Frances still carry the stigma of the disease.

Visiting progress and inching closer to the end of Ebola in Sierra Leone

As Sierra Leone inches closer to the end of the recent Ebola outbreak that has claimed almost 4,000 lives, WVUK's Celebrity Media Specialist, Siân Merrylees, recently visited our projects there to see for herself how World Vision has helped.


Two years after she trekked through the Himalayas on holiday, Emergency Programme Officer Lara returned to Nepal as part of World Vision's earthquake response. She was afraid to see the smiles wiped from the faces, but instead found remarkable levels of grace and resilience.

Ebola - Maseray's Story

After surviving Ebola, Maseray's life was in ruins; her husband and sister had both succumbed to the virus and she didn't know whether she could support her remaining family. That's when she took action - becoming one of the first female burial workers in her district of Sierra Leone.

We Have Hope

Angela from Watye Ki Gen (We Have Hope) in northern Uganda, works with children whose mothers are former child captives of the Lord Resistance Army. ‘I want to judge and make sure justice is served,’ says Thomas, the son of a survivor of sexual violence, who was abused after being kidnapped. In this blog, Angela reflects on the progress of Watye Ki Gen since last years Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, and the work that still needs to be done.

Runa stands up from the ruins

19-year-old Runa was on her roof hanging laundry when the earthquake struck last weekend, but thankfully she and her family all survived. Their home, and everything in it, however, were not so lucky.

Children in need of shelter

A week after the earthquake that rocked Nepal last Saturday, shelter is becoming an increasingly urgent need for children like Sandhhya and Sayan and their families.

When losing your house means losing everything

Seven-year-old Aaram and his family lost their house in the earthquake, and are now living in one of the many makeshift camps in Kathmandu. Children are especially vulnerable in these situations, and World Vision has begun opening Child Friendly Spaces to keep them safe and protected.

What happens when the rice runs out?

For families who have managed to remain unaffected by Ebola in West Africa, another crisis is now looming – hunger.

A decade on - the Boxing Day tsunami

A decade ago today, a massive undersea earthquake triggered a tsunami that affected 12 countries and took the lives of more than 230,000 people. In response to the disaster World Vision launched its largest ever relief operation across five countries simultaneously. Ten years on, we’ve gathered a collection of stories from staff and survivors to tell you the tale of destruction, loss, and rebuilding.

Tsunami 10 years on: From devastation to hope

10 years on, the wave of generosity from people in the UK and around the world has helped rebuild the region.

Orphaned by Ebola

Aminata is a 12-year-old girl living in southern Sierra Leone. She is one of an estimated 6,000 children who have been orphaned by the deadliest Ebola virus outbreak in history.

Matthew's First Christmas

Nadene recently travelled to South Sudan and the overwhelmed Malakal Refugee Camp where she was heartbroken to hear the stories of people living there.

The pursuit of an ideal

This Sunday is International Day of Peace, a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. Senior Conflict Adviser Sarah Pickwick reflects that we still have some way to go before ideals become a reality for children around the world.

Mud, Mosquitoes and Malakal's Children of War

World Vision UK CEO, Justin Byworth, has recently returned from a trip to see the dramatic, life-threatening impact that the conflict in South Sudan is having on more than half of its population. A few weeks ago he visited Malakal, a sleepy provincial town that has been almost obliterated, where he listened to survivor’s stories.

Hope Grows For Survivors of Sexual Violence

Following the summit on sexual violence in London a couple of weeks ago our own Sarah Pickwick shares her own experience of meeting victims and her dreams that the work World Vision does to support them may, one day, be entirely unnecessary.