Crisis in Syria, part 6: debts, difficulties rise for refugees

As the Syrian conflict deepens, refugees are falling into debt just to survive, many of them unable to find work. Difficulties are rising for locals, too, as shopkeepers can't afford to restock their shelves and some residents lose their jobs to newcomers. Additionally, aid agencies struggle to provide relief, running out of funds.

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    School supplies still bring hope six months after Sandy

    When Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, New York, six months ago, storm waters rushed into the Challenge Preparatory Charter School. Shrimp, fish, and snakes swam in the lower-level kindergarten classrooms, including the one where Rosemarie Eshcevarria taught.

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      The breadth of devastation: Sichuan earthquakes, 2008 and 2013

      On May 12, 2008, I had plane tickets that less than three weeks later were to take me from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, and then on to Chengdu, China, the capital of Sichuan province in the southwestern region of the country.

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        Crisis in Syria, part 5: Fear for girls caught up in the Syrian conflict

        As the Syrian refugee crisis deepens, World Vision is increasingly concerned about the risk of child marriage among girls as young as 12, as parents fleeing violence in Syria struggle to protect their children amid a deepening humanitarian emergency.

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          Crisis in Syria, part 4: Education brings hope to refugee children

          Today's post -- the fourth in our weekly series about the Syrian conflict and refugee crisis -- is the story of an 8-year-old Syrian girl, Jouri, who loves learning but can't go to school in Lebanon. But now, having been enrolled in a World Vision education program, Jouri has hope.

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            Crisis in Syria, part 3: Video and FAQs

            The civil war in Syria has entered its third year, and the number of refugees fleeing the country has doubled in the past three months.

            Today's post -- the third in our series about the crisis -- offers a list of the most frequently asked questions to offer our readers some background to the growing humanitarian needs.

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              Crisis in Syria, part 2: Refugees in Jordan

              Last week, we launched a weekly series about the two-year conflict in Syria. Check out the first post by Andrea Peer if you missed it. Every Wednesday for the next several weeks, we’ll have a new story or perspective on the crisis.

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                Crisis in Syria, part 1: Memories of summer camp

                Today, we're kicking off a weekly series about the two-year conflict in Syria and the region's subsequent refugee crisis. Every Wednesday for the next several weeks, we'll have a new story or perspective on this situation, so check back!

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                  [Video] Two Years Later: Rebuilding Japan

                  As today marks the two-year anniversary of the historic earthquake and tsunami in Japan, residents are making progress toward rebuilding their lives and communities. World Vision has helped almost 300,000 people in three of the worst-affected areas – Miyagi, Iwate, and Niigata prefectures.

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                    [PHOTOS] Youth train for emergencies

                    The drill is on in Nicaragua.

                    A mock emergency event prompts 130 youth and community leaders from across the country to jump in and learn life-saving tactics during a January workshop, hosted by World Vision and local and international agencies. Participants get to put skills -- from medical and spiritual care, GPS navigation to security detail -- to the test.

                    All photos by Chris Huber/World Vision.

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