From ice cream to famine

February 25, 2017By Stephanie HammondFood and Nutrition 1 Comment

Stephanie Hammond, World Vision policy adviser for conflicts and disasters, just returned from a trip to South Sudan. During her two and a half weeks in the country, she met the people affected first-hand by conflict, price inflations, and lack of aid.   This week, I spoke with a mother, Elizabeth*, whose eight-month-old daughter suffered from … Read More

Reclaimed Cities

January 25, 2017By Stephanie HammondRefugee Crisis No Comments

Written by Stephanie Hammond, Policy Advisor for Conflicts and Disasters and Julie Stewart, Humanitarian Policy Intern As the battle to retake Mosul continues, urgent action is needed to allow children to resume their educations. Take action by sending an email to Congress now. Information about the ongoing military campaign to retake the city of Mosul, Iraq … Read More

Why Are Half of Syrian Refugee Children Out of School?

June 20, 2016By Stephanie HammondRefugee Crisis No Comments

On this World Refugee Day, we must protect education for all refugee children. Last week, Linda Hiebert, World Vision International’s partnership leader of education and life skills, testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee about the barriers to girls’ education around the world. Linda focused on children affected by conflict and the difficulties that adolescent … Read More

Ask your Syria Questions

March 14, 2016By Stephanie HammondRefugee Crisis 1 Comment

Stephanie Hammond, World Vision policy adviser for global conflicts and natural disasters, recently returned from Serbia where she visited World Vision relief programs along the Balkan refugee migration route.   Walking down the row of buses in Šid, I noticed a refugee mother and her young child getting water at a pump attached to the … Read More

What Will Happen to Syria’s Children?

February 24, 2016By Stephanie HammondRefugee Crisis 1 Comment

Nisa held a blue crayon and started to draw on a clean, white sheet of paper. She was surrounded by brightly colored walls, pictures of cartoon characters, balls, bubbles, and dolls in one of World Vision’s child-friendly spaces in northern Serbia along the European migration route. This young girl and her family fled Syria’s violent civil war and were now making their way through Europe to gain refuge in Germany. Little Nisa quietly drew her picture as her family waited at the train station to embark on the next leg of their journey. They had come so far to reach this point, and traveled for nearly a month by the time they reached the Serbian train station. Now they just needed to continue their route from Serbia through Croatia, and then onto Slovenia, Austria, and finally Germany.