World Vision sends hope for refugees
Where ever you stand politically on the refugee crisis, we can all agree that the unjust suffering in Syria and the Middle East deserves our prayers, missions support and careful consideration in terms of how America and more importantly the Christian church should respond.
Thanks to World Vision for mobilizing awareness of the need with this great video they published for Valentine's Day, sending our love and help to those suffering beyond what our words could even describe but here are a few of the facts from World Vision.
Syrian refugee crisis explained: Fast facts
- 13.5 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance due to a violent civil war that began in 2011.
- 4.9 million Syrians are refugees, and 6.1 million are displaced within Syria; half of those affected are children.
- Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. Millions have been forced to quit school. View these photos to see life through the eyes of Syrian refugee children.
- Most Syrian refugees remain in the Middle East, in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt; slightly more than 10 percent of the refugees have fled to Europe.
- Peace negotiations continue despite a fraying and piecemeal ceasefire.