What was it like to watch the first Syrian families cross the border to Lebanon the day after the war broke out? What is the future of a baby girl born to a displaced family in Afghanistan?

Watch Lindsay Gladding, director of fragile and humanitarian programmes at World Vision Canada, talk about what she witnessed living and working in some of the world’s most dangerous places.

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Syria on the Eastern end of the Medditerranean is one of most ancient civilisations on earth. It is home to sites sacred to both Christians and Muslims alike. The country has been in the midst of a complex civil war since 2011, after peaceful protests were met with deadly violence from the country’s government. For many years since then, Syria ranked last on the Global Peace Index, making it the most violent country in the world.

  • More than half the country’s population have been forced to flee their homes and are in need of humanitarian assistance
  • Economic sanctions against Syria have crippled its economy, and almost 12% of children under 5 suffer acute malnutrition
  • 1 in 3 schools in the country have been destroyed
Syria’s war

has lasted longer than World War II