Disaster Relief

LIVE FROM IRAQ: A mother’s story

LIVE FROM IRAQ: A mother’s story | World Vision Blog

Rajaa and Ibrahim are among 100,000 Iraqi Christians who have been displaced from their homes by conflict. (Photo: Kari Costanza/World Vision)

"As Christians, we smile."

Our writer Kari Costanza is in Iraq right now. Just the other night, she had dinner with a mother, Rajaa, and her family who have been displaced by conflict.

Meet this family with Kari, hear about their journey, and see what it's like to be a mother away from home.

The best day of my life

The best day of my life | World Vision Blog

Omaru and his sister, Francess, listened to school classes on solar-powered radios during the 9-month Ebola outbreak. (Photo: 2015 Sahr Kemoh Ngaujah/World Vision)

Children in Sierra Leone spent nine months out of school during the Ebola outbreak. When they returned, they did so with fear of the disease and coping with the loss of loved ones. Still, it was a day of hope and celebration.

See how World Vision continues to support the long-term recovery of children in Sierra Leone after Ebola, and experience their bittersweet return to school through their eyes.

Syrian refugees: Taking action through prayer

Syrian refugees: Taking action through prayer | World Vision Blog

Children and parents attend a health and nutrition class at a Child Friendly Space for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. (Photo: 2016 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, the greatest humanitarian crisis of our day. It's big, bigger than any one of us. And that's why we pray: because together, with God, we can accomplish anything.

Today, join us in action on behalf of refugees … Join us in prayer.

Beyond human comprehension

Beyond human comprehension | World Vision Blog

Photo: Rwanda, 1994 Jon Warren

In April of 1994, after decades of tension between the Tutsi and Hutu ethnic groups, the assassination of Rwanda’s Hutu president sparked the massacre of an estimated 800,000 people in a Hutu attempt to wipe out the minority Tutsi population. The genocide began in Rwanda’s capital of Kigali and quickly spread within the country, forcing millions to flee as refugees to neighboring countries.

The genocide ended 100 days later in July when the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RFP) took over Kigali. They remain the political party in power today.

Three World Vision staff members who spent time in Rwanda during and just after the genocide give their testimonies—stories of unbelief at the inhumanity, but also of how the 20-year transition to peace and forgiveness is “beyond human comprehension.”

Photos from Iraq: Overwhelmed by hope

Photos from Iraq: Overwhelmed by hope | World Vision Blog

Zaina was born while her family was displaced by conflict in Iraq.
(Photo: 2015 Christine Anderson)

Writer and photographer Christine Anderson recently traveled with us to Iraq, where she met baby Zaina and her family, who have been displaced by conflict.

Journey with her to meet the people she encountered along the way, and see the hope she discovered there for Iraqis struggling to survive.

Refugee crisis: One-mile challenge

Refugee crisis: One-mile challenge | World Vision Blog

The World Vision USA social media team after completing the One Mile Challenge. (Photo: Sheryl Watkins/World Vision)

Can you imagine what it's like to be a refugee? To leave your home, carrying your only possessions, and travel on foot to a new land?

Maybe you don't have to only imagine it. The One Mile Challenge gives you a glimpse as you walk a mile in a refugee's shoes while raising awareness and much-needed funding for relief.

Learn more about how you can get involved.

“I had no friends”

“I had no friends” | World Vision Blog

Children play games at a Child Friendly Space started and staffed by World Vision in South Sudan. (Photo: 2015 Jon Warren/World Vision)

For children affected by conflict and disaster, back-to-school season means getting back to basics: making friends, feeling safe.

See how 15-year-old Deng in South Sudan found friendship and safety … and is able to keep his dreams alive.

Rain could soon turn to snow

Rain could soon turn to snow | World Vision Blog

Four-year-old Nagisa with her father—refugees who were caught in the rain as they passed through Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo: Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Our photographer Laura Reinhardt returned from Serbia this week, where she was meeting refugees and capturing their experiences as they passed through.

Written last Friday: see Serbia through her eyes, the current conditions in which these refugees are living, and the cold, damp future Laura sees in store for them.

A day I will never forget

A day I will never forget | World Vision Blog

Ibrahim (in yellow), an 8-year old Syrian refugee, has to work for long hours in a field in Lebanon, earning $6 a day. His family has no other choice to survive. (Photo: Mona Daoud/World Vision)

The heartbreaking, eyewitness account about a Syrian refugee boy, 8-year-old Ibrahim, and the abuse he endures as a field laborer in Lebanon so his family can survive.

Hear the testimony of our Lebanon staffer who met him, and her call for help on this International Day of Peace.

The emotion of a simple gesture

The emotion of a simple gesture | World Vision Blog

A Syrian refugee family walking along the Serbia/Hungary border. (Photo: Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Right now, our writer/photographer Laura Reinhardt is on the Serbian border with Hungary among the refugees from Syria.

Meet with us this family of three that Laura met in passing yesterday, and hear why this father is making their long, difficult journey for the sake of his infant daughter.

Syria crisis: Nowhere to go

Syria crisis: Nowhere to go | World Vision Blog

Abdul and Noor slept on the ground with their family near the Serbia/Hungary border last night. (Photo: Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Meet Abdul and Noor. Last night and the night before, they slept on the ground near the Serbian border with Hungary. Our staff met them yesterday and for a moment were able to bring smiles to their faces.

See the current situation for these Syrian refugees, what their journey has been like, and what their future might hold.

When we are bit players in someone else’s story

When we are bit players in someone else’s story | World Vision Blog

Four-year-old Yusef with his father. They are refugees from Syria who walked 15 hours from Macedonia to reach Serbia. (Photo: 2015 Aida Sunje/World Vision)

In Europe and the Middle East, a story has been unfolding for more than four years, and the "small, unexciting acts of love" that we can make are part of it.

Today, blogger Addie Zierman writes about the big, beautiful story God is telling, and how we're all involved.

Humanitarian heroes

Humanitarian heroes | World Vision Blog

World Vision staffer Madeleine Bilonda with displaced children in South Sudan. (Photo: 2015 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Thirteen years ago today, 22 aid workers were killed in a bombing at U.N. headquarters in Baghdad. In remembrance, August 19 was declared World Humanitarian Day to honor all those who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to celebrate the spirit that inspires people to serve.

With 45,000 people serving World Vision in nearly 100 countries, today we honor those who work in the hardest places. Read the stories of three humanitarian heroes working in the newest and most fragile country in the world: South Sudan. After decades of fighting for independence, South Sudan became a country in 2011 and has been embroiled in a civil war since 2013.

Education or bread

Education or bread | World Vision Blog

14-year-old Ali works at three shops in Lebanon to help his refugee family survive. (Photo: 2014 Patricia Mouamar/World Vision)

The stories of two 14-year-old boys who, living as Syrian refugees in Lebanon, have to be the breadwinners for their families.

See how they balance the choices between bread and education, between pursuing their dreams and survival.

Our mother died because she ran too slow

Our mother died because she ran too slow | World Vision Blog

World Vision Staff member Michael Angkok with 4 orphaned siblings he helped unite with relatives in South Sudan. (Photo: 2015 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Today is World Refugee Day: a day of awareness and renewed committments to help those displaced by conflict and disaster.

Our team recently traveled to South Sudan, where they met a family of four siblings, orphaned and displaced by war.

Read their story.