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Syrian refugees and hunger: An interview with Caroline Brennan of CRS

The Syrian Civil War just reached its fifth dreadful anniversary. The war has led to the worst humanitarian crisis of our generation.

Millions of Syrians have fled their homeland seeking refuge in other Middle Eastern countries and even onto Europe. The refugees can escape the fighting, but hunger and poverty follow them.

They need the help of humanitarian agencies like Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Since World War II, CRS has come to the rescue of displaced civilians and the Syria crisis is one of its biggest operations ever.

Caroline Brennan of CRS is a senior communications officer in their Humanitarian Response Department. She recently took time to answer questions about the hunger crisis facing the Syrian refugees and what people can do to help.

 

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The Sound of Music and Feeding Refugees

The Sound of Music, a television adaptation starring Carrie Underwood, airs tonight on NBC. The story is based on the von Trapp family of Austria during the gathering storm of World War II.

The war in Europe led to an unprecedented number of refugees who needed food to survive. Even when the fighting ended in 1945, the struggle was far from over for the war affected population. Famine threatened as war causes food shortages. As one displaced Austrian said, “hunger is the most cruel enemy of mankind.”

Read my full commentary at The Huffington Post:

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U.S. Food for Peace donation saves refugees

The United Nations today announced a life-saving donation from the U.S. Food for Peace program. The US $ 2 million contribution will feed refugees in the African nation of Mauritania. The refugees had fled conflict in neighboring Mali.

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WFP announces large donation from Saudi Arabia

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced a major donation from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. The donation of US $104 million will feed refugees in the Middle East, Kenya and Ethiopia.

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Alarming news about refugees in Kenya

Refugees in Kenya, who fled wars in South Sudan and Somalia, just received some devastating news.

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The ray of hope for refugees in Uganda

Imagine you are fleeing South Sudan‘s battlefields, searching for safety. You head to neighboring Uganda to escape the violence and the food shortages. You might have to walk for days to get there, but there is no turning back. You need to escape the fire.

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Cries for help from Ukraine and beyond

It was 1922 when a plea for help from the town of Berdiansk in the Ukraine reached America. One of the worst famines in history had struck Ukraine and Russia. Millions were facing starvation. Their only hope was America.

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