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Through the eyes of a refugee child: A story in 23 pictures

We recently visited an Informal Tented Settlement in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley that houses Syrian refugees. When it rains, the camp turns into a mud pit, making it hard for children who only have rubber shoes to walk. But when the sun comes out, mothers hang out laundry and children find a way of playing in the most difficult of circumstances. Here are their stories, in pictures…

Too much, too young: 'Half of all Syrian refugee children are working'

Naseem and his wife, Maha, and their seven children were forced to flee Syria in 2013. Living in a small apartment in Jordan, and with Naseem struggling with a debilitating injury, his children have been forced to work long hours. Approximately half of all Syrian refugee children living in Jordan are the breadwinners for their families.

War in Syria costing £3.2bn a month

War is costing Syria more than £3.2bn (US$4.5bn) each month in lost economic growth, a report from children’s charity World Vision and Frontier Economics reveals.

World Vision UK calls for immediate ban on tear gas at borders

World Vision UK is calling for an immediate European-wide ban on using tear gas and batons against refugee families fleeing war zones.

Helping refugees stay warm

Syrian refugee and mother, Naeema, wants nothing more for her children than to live happy and healthy lives. However her nine-year-old son Fares suffers from ill health, and Naeema struggles to pay his medical bills alongside their rent. However, World Vision’s winterisation work means that the family will have the fuel and clothes they need to stay warm this winter.

Lost along the way

Goran Stupar spent last week in Serbia speaking to refugees about the things they've lost since fleeing Syria. Broken, discarded shoes by roadsides, clothing washed up on beaches, alongside bags packed full with personal items, however belongings lost along the way pale in comparison to the memories they’ve left behind.

A Rock and a Hard Place

A World Vision Supporter, Philip Jinadu, discusses his recent visit to Azraq Refugee Camp. Speaking of the families he met that simply want the best for their children, he talks about how World Vision's schooling projects are making a difference.

Syria Bombing Damages A’zaz Hospital | World Vision UK

A World Vision-supported hospital in northern Syria has been damaged by a missile near miss. Read more on the Syria crisis from charity World Vision.

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.

Funding must translate rapidly into action for Syrian refugees

World Vision UK has welcomed the pledge of more than US$10bn for the Syria Crisis as a significant stride forward to treat the ‘symptoms of the Syria Crisis’.

Children’s lives at stake unless Syria Crisis donors ‘shift up a gear’

World leaders gathering in London today must make a realistic and robust funding pledge.

Serbia: Sadness starts in the South

Our Head of Policy Gavin Crowden spent last week in Serbia, walking with refugees and hearing their stories. What he found were parents who had fled a depleted Syria, desperately searching for a 'home' that often exists amongst relatives abroad, and a future for their children.

Cautious welcome for Government's child refugee announcement

Britain's decision to take more unaccompanied child refugees from Syria is honourable but we need more.

Conquering the cold

Last week World Vision's Kate took bloggers Rosie and Tanya out to Jordan to meet just a few of the 230,000 Syrian refugees living there who are in need of help to get through the winter. World Vision UK is asking supporters to go without their coats on the 10 February to raise money for Syrian refugee children.

Water is life

For father-of-four Ali, fleeing the conflict in Syria was only the start of his families’ hardship. Reaching the relative safety of a refugee camp in Lebanon, it was the difficulty in obtaining safe water that was not only a daily struggle, but also a real health risk. But thanks to a World Vision ‘Water, Sanitation and Hygiene’ programme, the availability of clean water is helping to keep Ali’s family and the wider community healthy.
read more about how we are responding to the Syrian Refugee Crisis here.

Children’s lives at risk unless EU and member states act now

Hundreds of thousands more children could die unless EU countries offer better protection to refugees entering Europe, World Vision warns today. The global children's charity says urgent action is needed, as agencies meet in Italy to recommend concrete actions to help governments address the European refugee crisis.

Freezing in the cold

Sitting in the middle of an empty field near the border-crossing between Serbia and Croatia, Rima, a Syrian refugee is in tears as she describes how she felt when her eight-year-old daughter Aya begged her to let her die. Brenda Yu hears her story...

Happiness

Salah is 12-years-old and lives in Lebanon with his family as a refugee. Back in Syria he went to school, the family had a car, and lived in a house. Now, traumatised by the conflict and sights he saw, the Child Friendly Space in his informal settlement is the only place he feels safe.

Relief as convoys reach besieged Syrian town

World Vision and other NGOs urged for a complete end to the six-month siege and a guaranteed of aid and humanitarian services.

“Sieges like Madaya hinder our ability to help Syrian refugees”, warns World Vision

Sieges like #Madaya remain "one of most critical issues in #Syria hindering our ability to help", warns World Vision.