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The civil war in Syria has raged for seven years; more than half the country’s entire population has been forced to flee their homes. Over 6 million people have been internally displaced by violence. Another 5.5 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries, where they face extremely challenging conditions. The majority are women and children.

 

The United Nations calculates there are currently 13.1 million people in Syria requiring humanitarian assistance, including close to 3 million people in need trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas. And the violence continues.

 

The fighting in Idlib, which has intensified in recent days amid rebel counterattacks, has raised fears of a humanitarian catastrophe in an area already crowded with refugees.

“This displacement is the biggest perhaps in the Syrian revolution since its beginning until today,” said Mounir Mustafa, deputy chief of the civil defence rescue workers organisation known as the White Helmets.

The Guardian, January 23, 2018

It is possible to resettle large numbers of people in this country.

Refugee Children

Communities across Canada mobilized to resettle over 40,000 Syrian refugees between November 2015 and the end of January, 2017. Private sponsorships accounted for over a third of this number (14,274). Since then, the pace of resettlement has slowed considerably. But the need has not diminished.

To learn more about our experience with sponsorship in Prince Edward County, please check out the documentary SponsorLand. You can stream all 7 webisodes or the full feature film at sponsorland.ca.

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Hey County Peeps! You know that saying, give a man a fish, feed him for a day but teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. The Dewey’s have been teaching and Slieman Al Jasem just opened his new business. Looking for fresh local fish? Net caught, hand cleaned or whole, fresh or fresh frozen. It’s the best! Please like and share! (And order when you can). ...

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