Press Release

In response to Influx of Refugees in Europe World Vision starts distribution in Serbia


World Vision has begun distributing aid to Syrian refugee families in camps in Subotica and Kanjiza in northern Serbia.

The two temporary camps are hosting hundreds of desperate refugees near the Hungarian border. World Vision has been supporting parents and caregivers of young children in the Serbian camps, with hygiene kits and baby kits that contain basic items such as diapers, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, a toy; as well as sanitary pads for mothers. World Vision is also transporting further aid to the camps in the coming days.

Hundreds of thousands of refugees are fleeing to Europe, but in the past four years, more than 4 million were forced out of Syria due to the fighting and seek refuge in neighbouring countries, like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, who also need help from the international community. Since the beginning of the conflict in 2011, World Vision has reached over 2 million people in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq with humanitarian support, such as providing food assistance, distributing relief aid, improving water and sanitation facilities and setting up Child Friendly Spaces. As of today, World Vision Hong Kong has raised HK$9.7 million for this response.

With the recently renewed attention worldwide, World Vision is bringing relief effort forward to meet the increasingly desperate needs. In Serbia, World Vision spokesperson Aida Sunje says, ''What we have seen on the Serbian-Hungarian border is a tremendous number of refugee children and adults who are suffering hardships on their long journey; forced to sleep outside, lacking proper sanitation and surviving on little food.''

Four years on, no sign of peace is seen, leading hundreds of thousands of refugees to make the perilous crossing across the Mediterranean or via the Balkan Corridor and on into the Western Europe. About 100,000 refugees have reportedly entered Serbia since the beginning of the year.

''The enormous flow of refugees over recent months has arisen because international funding for refugees living in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey is drying up, leaving refugees hungrier, poorer and more desperate than ever. However, the massive media coverage has reinvigorated public interest allowing World Vision to raise funds from the public,'' says Kevin Chiu, CEO of World Vision Hong Kong.

He continues, ''More still needs to be done. Unless governments massively increase funding for the humanitarian work in the Middle East, otherwise hundreds of thousands more Syrians are likely to flee to Europe. Syrians want to remain close to home but with food rations running down, with their children not in school, and with no sign of peace on the horizon, they are left with little choice. World Vision, the UN and many other agencies are responding in the Middle East. We are all doing good work but we simply need more funding to help!''

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Notes to editors:

  • World Vision is helping Syrian refugees and doing humanitarian work across the region in northern Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Serbia.
  • If you require more details and photos, or wish to schedule an interview, please contact Senior Communications Officer, Heidy Sheung (Phone: 852 2399 3450; email: heidysheung@worldvision.org.hk)
  • World Vision Hong Kong is a Christian humanitarian organisation working to create lasting change in the lives of children, families and communities living in poverty.

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