Syria Crisis

CARE is on the ground assisting many of the 2 million refugees who have fled Syria, where armed conflict has affected more than 8.8 million people, half of whom are children. There’s no end to the conflict in sight. 

5/25/16

Yahoo News: Former WWII refugees send letters of hope to Syrians

Gunter Nitsch, a former WWII refugee recalls being forced to live in labor camps and illegally crossing in Germany to a refugee camp. But he also remembers the hope he felt when an American family sent him a CARE package.

4/29/16

NGOs and faith groups to Obama & Putin: Hope is crumbling on your watch, save Syria’s ceasefire

"Violence across Syria has escalated alarmingly, reportedly claiming a life on average every 25 minutes in the past 48 hours. We cannot stand by in the face of this catastrophe.

4/20/16

The Journey of a Refugee: Omar Almasri

The first time I see Omar Almasri, he is lying on the floor at the refugee reception centre in Sid, a Serbian city on the border with Croatia.  He is too weak to speak to me.

4/8/16

Washington Post: The beautiful bond between WWII refugees and Syria’s displaced children

Gunter Nitsch's family was among the first ever recipients of the original “care package,” a generic term now but which originated with the humanitarian organization CARE (Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere), formed in 1945. So now he, and other World War II refugees who received ca

4/6/16

Fox News: WWII Survivors write letters to inspire, comfort Syrian refugees

Helga Kissell remembers fondly when she was a refugee from WWII struggling to survive and then received her first CARE package of flour, powdered milk, chocolate, eggs and coffee. Seven decades later, CARE invited Kissell and a handful of other former World War II refugees to write letters of enc

3/31/16

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt: WWII Refugee pays it forward with Care package to Syrian refugee

Once a child refugee herself, Helga penned a letter to 16-year-old Sajeda, a Syrian refugee. The NBC story - which ran as part of its “Making a Difference” segment - featured Sajeda's tearful response to the CARE Package. "Helga made me feel like I exist," she said.

3/28/16

CCTV America: Hand-written letters let refugees know they're not alone

In a CCTV broadcast, 87-year-old Helga Kissell discusses her past as a WWII refugee in a heartfelt letter to inspire Sajeda, a Syrian refugee.

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