Aid agency launches urgent 24 hour appeal: "One Day for Syria"
MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 26, 2013 /CNW/ - World Vision Canada is today
launching an urgent 24-hour appeal (#OneDayForSyria) urging Canadians
to help Syria's refugee children who are bearing the brunt of the
conflict. The number of refugees who have fled to neighbouring
countries is expected to reach two million in the coming weeks and
approximately half of them are children.
As the situation intensifies, the aid agency is ramping up its response
in Lebanon and Jordan where it is working in camps and communities to
provide basic necessities such clean water, toilets, food and blankets.
The humanitarian agency is also setting up additional "Child-Friendly Spaces" which are safe havens for children to play and get support to deal
with their grief and loss.
Speaking from a replica "Child-friendly space" event in Toronto this
morning, Dave Toycen, World Vision Canada president, said:
"Last week I met children who are so traumatized they can barely speak.
They've watched people they love being maimed or killed. They have been
forced to leave their homes, their schools, their friends and, in some
cases, even other family members in a desperate scramble to escape with
"Refugees are too often seen as the unfortunate but inevitable
collateral damage of war. They're too quickly accepted as the price of
politics and power. This is a cynical tendency that Canadians must
"A humanitarian response of this scale will be costly. It's encouraging that the Canadian government has pledged to support the
challenges that lie ahead. But pledges must quickly translate into
actual funds. I'm hopeful that individual Canadians will also show
their compassion and not look the other way. The futures of too many
children are at stake."
PHOTOS & VIDEO
Click here for photos taken today of a Child-Friendly Space in downtown Toronto.
Click here to watch a video of Syrian refugees in a Child-Friendly Space in
Click here for a World Vision report, Robbed of Childhood, Running from War.
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organization dedicated to working with children, families and
communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all
people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Visit our
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SOURCE: World Vision Canada
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