Syria refugee crisis FAQ: What you need to know
“The children of Syria have experienced more hardship, devastation, and violence than any child should have to in a thousand lifetimes,” says Dr. Christine Latif, World Vision’s response manager for Turkey and northern Syria. World Vision staff in the region say the situation in Aleppo city is the most dire they have ever seen it. World Vision has worked in Aleppo governorate since 2013. “Civilians have been continually in harm’s way, caught in the cross-fire and changing front lines. Civilian infrastructure has been targeted, leading to mass civilian casualties, including women and children,” says Angela Huddleston, program manager for the organization’s Syria response. Angela says with high levels of civilian casualties, stores of medical supplies are being depleted rapidly. World Vision plans to increase its response in Aleppo, she says. Vital supplies and services are in short supply in Syria and in surrounding countries where more than 4.8 million Syrian refugees have fled.