Hopeful signs indicate that the deadly eight-year-old Syrian war, which has killed approximately 500,000 people, may soon come to an end. Nevertheless, Syrians still face tremendous challenges and serious financial struggles.
Thirteen-year-old Zeb quit school to help support his widowed mother and fatherless siblings. Although Zeb and his mother work hard, the family finds it difficult to survive in a foreign country, having just fled to Lebanon before losing their breadwinner.
Living on less than $2 a day is a struggle for war-weary Syrian refugees. In desperation to survive, some of them offer their young daughters for early marriage to make money through dowries, or they are forced to send very young children to work. Food parcels bring relief to struggling refugees, especially families with growing… Read more
Seven years ago the tiny country of Lebanon welcomed its first Syrian war refugees. Today, there are more than 1 million refugees there. And the war in Syria grinds on with no end in sight. In most cases, jobs aren’t available to these refugees, or it is illegal for them to work. Also, more than… Read more
Hunger is a problem—a sharp gnawing problem for thousands of Syrian refugees. After fleeing for their lives and leaving behind homes and careers, many now struggle to find jobs in the places where they are taking refuge. Some work in the fields harvesting fruit and vegetables for minimal pay, but the questions still loom: Will… Read more
Sami* and Samira* used to live a normal life in Syria. But then war came to their country. One day when Samira was only a baby, a bomb hit their house. Samira’s mom and dad ran out of the house with their two children. Or so they thought. Samira had been wrapped up in a… Read more
As the Syrian civil war enters its fourth winter, millions of Syrian refugees remain in desperate need of food, heat, and shelter. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) recently came through a funding crisis that forced it to stop delivering aid to the 1.7 million refugees it had supported in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey, and… Read more
On a recent trip to Jordan, CAM staff saw again the needs of Syrian refugees. “Many of these families don’t know where food or money for rent will come from, or if it will come at all,” reported a staff member. “They move from place to place, hoping to find a house with cheaper rent… Read more