Syrian Refugees

Canada Must Do More To Help Syrians Abroad

Dana Wagner | Posted 12.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

Despite government statements that Canada has done "more than any of our allies," our allies have introduced smart humanitarian policies that have moved far more Syrians abroad than anything Ottawa has yet introduced. Canada can look to them - Germany, Sweden, Norway, Brazil and more - for inspiration.

Canada Should Follow Sweden's Lead on the Syrian Refugee Issue

Dana Wagner | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Dana Wagner

Outside the neighbourhood, there is one country leading the response. It is not Canada, despite statements from our ministers that the Canadian refugee response constitutes "more than any of our allies have done." This is deliberately misleading and a slight to what our allies are actually doing. Greater leadership can be found in a country with a quarter of Canada's population.

Ottawa Blocks Canadian From Getting Syrian Husband Out Of Danger

CBC | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada Politics

A Canadian woman and her Syrian husband are speaking out from a Damascus suburb because they're frightened and desperate to flee the escalating...

Syrian Refugees Are a Shock To Lebanon's System

Jenn Gearey | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada
Jenn Gearey

The enormous influx of Syrian refugees has been difficult for the Lebanese people. Some estimates put the Syrian refugee presence in Lebanon at 50 per cent of the small country's total population. Hala Naufal, an Expert Demographer and professor of Population Studies at the Lebanese University, estimates the Syrian refugee count in Lebanon to now be around two million.

A Model Refugee Camp Still Isn't Home For Syrians

Robert Neufeld | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Impact
Robert Neufeld

Azraq Refugee Camp is seen as a model for all future refugee camps. It has schools, a hospital, playgrounds, soccer fields, community centres and even a supermarket. But for the few hundred families already settling in, and for the 100,000 Syrian refugees who will live here when the camp is completed, it's not, and will never be, home.

After Three Years of War, Syrian Childhoods Are Shattered

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

The war in Syria is about to enter its fourth year. For three years, World Vision staff members have sat with traumatized Syrian refugee children as they struggle to share stories you'll never find in a Canadian picture book. Their hands shake, and the words come out in fits and starts.

The Syrians Who Won't Be at This Week's Peace Talks

Tanya Penny | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Tanya Penny

As long-awaited Syria peace talks begin this week, World Vision's Tanya Penny will be watching closely. She has been living alongside Syrian refugees in Jordan for the past two months, telling their stories with words and photographs. Here, Tanya describes the heartbreak that even the camera can't capture.

Syrian Children Are Starving to Death

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

It's likely one-year-old Rana was malnourished the entire year she'd been alive, since aid hadn't reached the village in her lifetime. Doctors could do nothing by the time she was admitted to the field hospital just north of the Syrian capital of Damascus. She died within 24 hours of admittance. Rana was born, and died, during the civil war that is slowly attacking Syria's children. The people left in her ghost town of Moadamia are bargaining chips for the rebel Free Syrian Army, which refuses to relinquish control of the area long enough for humanitarian groups to distribute aid. For these children of war every aspect of their life has been diminished, or stolen.

Awash In Refugees, Whose Needs Come First?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

We are awash in refugees, today, especially with the disaster taking place in Syria. We have limited resources -- human and financial. We must priorit...

Canada's Refugee Problem: Are We Being Too Selfish?

Dana Wagner | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada
Dana Wagner

Only 1,300 is an extremely low number during a crisis that has generated over 2 million registered refugees. Remember when Canadians rallied to resettle over 60,000 Southeast Asians after the Vietnam War? Canadians were once able to sponsor refugees almost without limit under the Private Sponsorship program if they could commit to certain responsibilities.

Syrian Refugees Don't Care About Your Rhetoric

Glen Pearson | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

People worldwide can be forgiven for their sense of bewilderment at the constant back and forth between military and diplomatic solutions to the crisis in Syria. We've now been at this long enough for commentators to reverse their positions depending on the most recent developments. But there is one group -- a huge one -- for whom none of this really matters: refugees.

Syrian Refugees, Invite Them to Canada

Bill Haines | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Alberta
Bill Haines

As the debate rages over the R2P (Responsibility to Protect) and the possibility of US military intervention in Syria to punish the Assad regime and his Iranian supported Hezbollah fighters for the use of chemical weapons, against ethnic minorities, there exists one thing we can do today to really help.

Syrian Children Were Always "Defenceless"

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Earlier this week, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden decried the use of chemical weapons on "defenceless men, women and children" in Syria. As someone who works for an international aid and development agency looking out for children, something is deadly certain to me: Those children have been defenceless ever since the war in Syria began.

Syrian Refugee Children Need More Than Just Food and Water

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.26.2013 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

The number of Syrian refugees who have fled to neighbouring countries is expected to reach two million in the coming weeks. Approximately half of these human beings are children. In some ways, helping the Syrian refugee children is remarkably simple. But what do you offer a child who wakes screaming in the middle of the night, reliving a rocket attack on his house?

UN: Highest Number Of Refugees Since 1994

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Refugee numbers around the world are at their highest level since 1994, the United Nations refugee agency reported Tuesday in a sobering look...

A Tale of Two Syrian Moms

World Vision | Posted 06.12.2013 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Muna recalls the day that changed her life forever. "There was a sound like a plane, and then the house shook," she says. Realizing that her Syrian village was under rocket attack, Muna rushed her five children into the stairwell to get them down from the roof where they'd been.

B.C. Couple's Efforts To Save Syrian Family Blocked

CBC | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia

A West Kelowna couple says their efforts to save a young Syria family by getting them into Canada on a one-year tourist visa are being blocked by immi...

Dispatches From Damascus: Escape From Syria

Andrew Sheehan | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada
Andrew Sheehan

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled the country as a direct result of the violence that has engulfed the country since the outbreak of the civil war. Meanwhile, many of those that have so far escaped the violence are suffering the economic consequences of the crisis and are thus trying desperately to find a way to escape the country.

Canadian-Sponsored Refugees Caught Up In Conflict

CBC | Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada Politics

Reem Hameed desperately scours the internet each day for news about her sister and other Iraqi refugees who have been accepted to come to...