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The ongoing conflict in Syria has been raging for nearly five years with no end in sight. With the thousands of lives lost and the millions of those who fled homes seeking refuge, a glimmer of hope is presenting itself as world governments pledge together to help refugees in their new countries. National Catholic Register sat down with Bill O'Keefe to ask about the ongoing situation and how Catholic Relief Services plans to continue playing a key role in supporting refugees from Syria's conflict. When the interviewer asked if the refugees gave their reasons for leaving their country, O'Keefe said:

Some of them fled directly from Syria. For them, it was that they had lost hope. One man told me, “There is no Syria anymore.” It is just profoundly sad that he had just given up on the possibility of his country. So some were directly fleeing violence... Then, at some point, something psychologically just switched, and they basically said, “You know, I don’t think we’re going to be able to go back anytime soon, and I can’t stay in limbo; I need to have a better life, so that means trying to go somewhere, where I can settle, where I can educate my kids, or I can try to get a job and I can try to live my life.”

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Nikki Gamer

Media Relations Manager

Nikki Gamer
February 23, 2016

Based in Baltimore, MD

Nikki is the Media Relations Manager for CRS and connects journalists to regional stories and sources related to the agency’s life-saving development work. Previously, Nikki worked as the Communications Officer for the Middle East, Europe, and Central Asia. She has covered CRS’ response to the Syrian refugee crisis and the mass displacement of...More