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The best people on Earth: Bravery and beauty in Iraq

The best people on Earth: Bravery and beauty in Iraq | World Vision Blog

One of Iraq's displaced millions, Marian still dreams of becoming a doctor someday. (Photo: 2016 Kari Costanza/World Vision)

World Refugee Day remembers those who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. Their number is staggering: almost 60 million. Today, one in every 122 people is a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum.

But these people are more than just numbers. They are some of the most incredible people on earth, as World Vision writer Kari Costanza found in Iraq.

Syria: Yesterday, today, tomorrow

Syria: Yesterday, today, tomorrow | World Vision Blog

Chandra and Dan Brissette with their three children.

Meet Chandra and Dan Brissette: they lived in Damascus, Syria, while working with the Foreign Service from 2002 to 2004.

In today’s Q&A, they talk about how much they loved pre-war Syria, why they were inspired last fall to help refugees of the Syrian crisis — by starting a fundraiser for socks! — and their hopes for Syria’s tomorrow.

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.

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.

The hidden side of humanitarian crisis: Gender-based violence

The hidden side of humanitarian crisis: Gender-based violence | World Vision Blog

Photo: Ralph Baydoun/World Vision

During humanitarian crises like armed conflict and natural disasters, violence—especially against women and girls—has been shown to increase. This culture of violence can be one of the greatest challenges for people like refugees who are affected by crisis.

In these situations, some parents marry their young daughters off early to protect them … but in reality, child marriage is just another form of this violence. Our gender expert explains:

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.

Do not forget us

Do not forget us | World Vision Blog

Miranda with children from the junior college at the Mae Ra Moe Luang refugee camp. (Photo: Miranda Wolford)

16-year-old Miranda Wolford had the opportunity to visit refugee children in Southeast Asia this summer. Hear her plea on behalf of children like these for us—organizations, governments, global citizens—not to leave them behind, and how vital education is to their futures.

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.

The “Francis Effect”

The “Francis Effect” | World Vision Blog

World Vision staff help a refugee family pick out supplies before they continue on their journey to Croatia. (Photo: Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Today, Pope Francis is addressing the UN during their annual General Assembly.

Hear what our Senior VP Kent Hill has to say about the pope's visit to Congress this week, and the power of the "Francis Effect" to inspire concern about "the least among us":

"We are hard-wired to never know peace or happiness apart from loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves … and this pope helps us remember that fact."

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.

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.