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Save Fragile Lives - World Refugee Day

From school yard games to dodging bombs

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“We were in our village when the missiles and bombs hit. All the houses were destroyed. An explosion happened at the back of the school. I could hear loud screaming from the pain.”

For Shaima, a girl from Syria, a normal day turned into a nightmare in an instant. Forced to leave home behind, Shaima’s family fled 72 kilometres through the desert to seek refuge in Jordan. Her sister tragically did not survive the journey.

Like Shaima, 28 million* children worldwide are forced to become refugees because of war and violence in some of the most dangerous places on Earth. On World Refugee Day, held every year on 20 June, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of these millions of children.

 

Living in Dangerous Places

There are places in the world that are far too dangerous or unstable for us to set up child sponsorship programmes. Known as fragile contexts, these are areas where governments cannot (or will not) act to protect the rights of their people. For children and families living in these places, basic necessities like food, clean water, education, security and protection from abuse and exploitation seem hopelessly out of reach.

Being born in a country that is a fragile context means that you may wake up one day not in the comfort of your bed, but crammed into a small tent with your family. Living in these countries means that you might not have schools, because they are either closed or destroyed. Most of your basic rights have been violated, but you don’t know it because this is the norm for you. All of this is made worse by natural disasters such as famines, floods and pandemics like COVID-19.

 

A world map that has Turkey, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Mediterranean Sea

 

Syria


Since 2011, the war in Syria has claimed thousands of lives and left 13.5 million people in need of aid. More than 5 million people have fled Syria, seeking safety in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and beyond.

Read Shaima's story

 

A world map that has South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda and Africa

 

South Sudan


Due to the ongoing civil conflict, there are currently 4.3 million displaced people from South Sudan, including refugees, internally-displaced people and asylum-seekers. There are now over 2 million South Sudan refugees, making it the largest refugee crisis in Africa.


Read Agnes's story

 

A world map that has South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, and Africa

 

Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

Lasting violence in DRC has forced millions from their homes, and many displaced people face major health risks. The most vulnerable are women and children as displacement increases the risk of sexual and gender-based violence.

Read Marie's story

 

Rebuild Their World with Us

Shaima laughing in the picture

Due to the volatility and fragility of countries like Syria, World Vision’s work in fragile contexts varies. We need to be flexible and adaptable, working together with partners to provide positive outcomes for children. Our goal is to address immediate needs as well as tackle root causes of violence, ensuring the long-term sustainability of interventions and helping communities recover.

Through Save Fragile Lives, you can help children like Shaima, Agnes and Marie feel safer by providing for either their immediate or long-term needs.

For RM35 a month, or a one-time donation (any amount), you can give communities in Syria, Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Central African Republic, DR Congo, Sudan, and Mali access to life-saving supplies like food, shelter and hygiene kits, or to lasting interventions such as child-friendly spaces that help children deal with trauma, access counselling and catch up on education. Bring the light of hope to those in dark places this World Refugee Day.

 

How you can help

Give RM35
(Monthly)

Children and families in places like Syria, South Sudan and eastern DRC are severely deprived of basic necessities for survival due to conflict and instability. With your contribution, you could reach the world’s most vulnerable people.
Give RM150
(One-time or Monthly)

Children and families in places like Syria, South Sudan and eastern DRC are severely deprived of basic necessities for survival due to conflict and instability. With your contribution, you could reach the world’s most vulnerable people.
Give any amount
(One-time or Monthly)

Children and families in places like Syria, South Sudan and eastern DRC are severely deprived of the basics of life due to conflict and instability. With your contribution, you could help the world’s most vulnerable people survive.

*Children on the Move (UNICEF, February 2018)