Press Release

Syrian Refugees See No Future Can’t End the War without Peace Talks


In late May, World Vision Hong Kong visit Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon. There are approximately 12 million people, half being children, in dire need of humanitarian help! Syrian refugees see no future amid the ongoing conflict.

After two years, World Vision Hong Kong’s CEO, Kevin Chiu, pays a visit again, “I saw increased burden of the adults compared with the last visit. Although they can go by every day, they can’t return home. Though they feel safe, they can’t work and children can’t go to school. With bigger gap in education, the bigger impact on a child’s growth.”

Since the outbreak of the war in 2011 in Syria, at least 200,000 have been killed (9,000 of them are children), 7.6 million are internally displaced, while 4 million Syrians fled the country. Many Syrians seek refuge in neighbouring countries like Lebanon and Jordan. They live in crowded refugee settlements and apartments, in places that are much worse than we could imagine. The influx of refugees have added tension and stress on healthcare services, welfare and education systems in host countries. On top of these, limited resources and jobs have loaded further pressure to these countries.

World Vision and other humanitarian organisations are devoting all its efforts to help the affected children and families, including construction of water facilities, setting up Child Friendly Spaces and providing food and cash assistance. However, in 2014, the targeted funding by the United Nations for Syria crisis only reached 50 per cent. International support is decreasing and the growing number of refugees becomes a challenge for humanitarian work.

Kevin Chiu, CEO of World Vision Hong Kong, says “Into its 5th year, the conflict has shown no sign of ending. The only solution to the crisis is a political one; humanitarian agencies can’t do it alone. We want to see some real pressure on all related parties to the conflict to end fighting and enter into meaningful, inclusive peace talks.”

20 June is World Refugee Day and Father’s Day is only one day after it. While we celebrate the greatness of our father, let’s not forget the fathers and mothers whom are trying their best to protect their children thousand miles away. Join us to support Syrian children and families!

Donations can be made through:

  1. Online donation:www.worldvision.org.hk/en/

  2. Crossed cheque payable to “WORLD VISION HONG KONG”.
    Please send crossed cheque together with your personal details to World Vision Hong Kong, Freepost No. 69, and mark “Syrian Refugee Response” on the envelope.

  3. ATM transfer/Direct Bank-In (Hong Kong):
    Please write your personal details on the back of the bank-in slip and photocopy for your own reference before sending it to us.
    Hang Seng Bank 286-364385-003
    Bank of China (Hong Kong) 012-883-0-002502-5

For donation inquiry, please contact our Donation Services Department on 2394 2394.

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