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The Syrian civil war is approaching its five year anniversary. The ongoing war has resulted in 250,000 deaths and uprooted the lives of more than 11 million people. Our Sunday Visitor sat down with Catholic Relief Services' Bill O'Keefe, vice president for government relations and advocacy, to discuss the ongoing situation facing millions of refugees in Europe. In the Q&A, Bill recalls encounter with a Syrian refugee:

"I met a Syrian woman there with six children. Her sixth child had been born three days before in the camp. I saw her during Advent, and I thought, “Jesus, Mary, Joseph … no room at the inn … we’re part of providing room at the inn.” The transient camp had a heated building which offered a safe, dignified place in which she could have her baby."

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Nikki Gamer

Media Relations Manager

Nikki Gamer
February 17, 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