I’m sure like me you’ve been deeply moved by the heart-breaking image of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi washed ashore on a Turkish beach. This precious little boy is only one of thousands of children and adults who’ve perished trying to reach the safety of Europe this year alone.
This tragedy represents just a tiny fraction of over 16 million Syrians in need in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Syria itself. That’s equivalent to almost three-quarters of Australia’s population.
World Vision staff are on the ground providing life-saving aid to Syrian families fleeing conflict, including food, clean water, sanitation and hygiene, and education programs for children. But the needs are growing every day.
Children are hungry, thirsty and exhausted. Their parents are becoming more and more desperate to find a safe place for them. This is the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. As Christians, Jesus calls us to join him in the margins. Together, we can bring hope to Syrian children and families in urgent need.
Today, World Vision has joined Oxfam and Save the Children in calling on all Australians to urge our government to do more to help the people of Syria. Could you please sign the joint petition today and add your voice to the call for Australia to do its fair share?
Would you also please consider helping by:
- Taking the time to pray for the conflict and those caught up in it.
- Making an online donation.