Syrian Refugees

Remembering We Have More In Common This Refugee Week

Javed Khan | Posted 20.06.2017 | UK
Javed Khan

As tragedy after tragedy unfolds on our own doorstep here in the UK it becomes a little easier for me to imagine the kind of horror people fleeing war have experienced - the horror they are running from and the horrors they have seen while trying to get their families to safety.

I Know You Got Soul: How Volunteers Are Helping Refugees

Leigh McAlea | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK
Leigh McAlea

In the face of political inertia, rising xenophobia and hostility, and the abandonment of legal obligations to support refugees under existing international conventions, volunteers have transcended their traditional roles of providing add on support for 'professionals' and 'experts'. Instead, in many cases they are the main and only actors helping refugees and migrants not only to survive, but also to stop their humanity being stripped from them.

Syria: A Tipping Point, Or Not Yet?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 10.04.2017 | UK
Dr Harry Hagopian

The real victims have been the Syrian people who rose up six years ago to gain their basic freedom and right to political participation. So will they be allowed to exit this dark tunnel, and are we witnessing a tipping point?

Why We Must Not Turn Our Backs On A Generation Of Syrian Children

Gemma Chan | Posted 14.03.2017 | UK
Gemma Chan

Tomorrow, on March 15th, we will reach the 6th anniversary of the war in Syria. At that point this brutal conflict will have lasted for longer than WWII. At least 250,000 people have been killed and 5 million more have been made refugees, half of them children.

Lebanon Remains A Paradox

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Lebanon is a paradox! Earlier this month, I spent a week in Beirut re-acquainting myself with the local colours, tastes and cultures of this vibrantly eclectic city! And by tastes and colours I do not merely mean the souks, foods and galleries, or for that matter its politics and religions. I also mean the opinions of ordinary people.

The Government's Betrayal Of Refugees, And Us

Arthur Peirce | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Arthur Peirce

The history of Syria is not a peaceful one, even before the current civil war, Syria had been ruled by the iron fist of dictators, the people suffering from heavy sectarian violence. Though the land it occupies has been home to people for thousands of years, the country of Syria is less than a century old, and herein lies the key to its bloody history.

This Is What It Means To Be A Syrian Refugee

Sleman Shwaish | Posted 31.01.2017 | UK
Sleman Shwaish

The emotional torment of fleeing your home is not easy to describe. I remember arriving at London Heathrow airport like it was yesterday. It was a freezing cold December night and I could not think straight. I felt so sad and guilty at leaving my parents behind. But equally I was happy and relieved to be in a safe place. I never wanted to leave Syria. I never thought that, some four years later, I would have a new life in Yorkshire. What makes someone abandon their home and travel over land and sea for a better future? In recent days, there has been so much focus on refugees around the world. I am a 'refugee'. But first and foremost, I am a person.

Syria: Getting Ready For The Long-Term

George Graham | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
George Graham

As Syrian refugees endure their sixth bitter winter since this dreadful war began we must redouble our efforts to give them hope for a warmer, brighter future.

Living In Limbo: Why We Should Be Talking More About Syrian Refugees In Lebanon

Nour Kobayter | Posted 01.01.2017 | UK
Nour Kobayter

During a visit to a small German town that housed a large proportion of Syrian refugees and asylum-seekers, I found myself asking a few individuals about their journey to Germany from Syria. Whilst every person had their unique story, there seemed to be one constant feature that stood out to me: the journey to Germany almost always started in Lebanon.

Meet The Refugees Taking On The UK's Language Skills Deficit

Lena Garrett | Posted 01.01.2017 | UK Tech
Lena Garrett

tech for good The startup is called Chatterbox. By training and employing refugees ​as language tutors, the venture catalyses refugee integration into the UK labour market whilst tackling the country's language skills deficit.

The Girl Known As 'Syria's Malala'

Sufiya Ahmed | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Sufiya Ahmed

It is not often that girls of Arab and Asian descent are described as empowered; the type that go against every stereotype as the meek and weak female...

Christmas Crises, Humanitarian Disasters, And Hope

Johan Eldebo | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK
Johan Eldebo

Sometimes I struggle with Christmas. It is that time of the year when there is an expectation to be happy. And yet when I look out the window, there ...

The Pursuit Of Education: Amer's Story

Jeyda Yelkalan | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK
Jeyda Yelkalan

Amer has always loved studying. Even when civil war erupted in his home country of Syria, Amer and his siblings continued to attend school every day ...

He Escaped The Bombs - But He Can't Escape Winter

Richard Reoch | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK
Richard Reoch

Among the many lies of our times, one is the persistent belief that the job is done once a refugee makes it to safety. All the more so when they make it to the white and blue tents of a UN camp.

Syrian Children Are Our Responsibility

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

We should believe that there is no such a thing as eternal happiness - or struggle. The things we tend to take for granted - nutritious food, laughing...

Daughter Of 'Britain's Schindler' Calls For 'Kindness And Welcome' For Young Refugees

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 29.10.2016 | UK

The daughter of the man dubbed “The British Oskar Schindler” has called on Britain to show the same “kindness and welcome” to young refugees f...

I Was Humbled By The Humility Of The Syrian Refugees

Jeyda Yelkalan | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK
Jeyda Yelkalan

Imagine you are in the home of a refugee, discussing the horrors they have lived through, when they serve you the only food they have as a sign of honour. What would you do?

Child Refugees Are Fleeing A War We Created - We Owe Them A Place To Live

Natasha Phillips | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Politics
Natasha Phillips

The first child refugees entering the UK experienced a mixed welcome last week. Around 70 children, 54 of them girls mostly from Eritrea travelled to ...

The Time To Act Is Now For The People In Calais

Clare Moseley | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK Politics
Clare Moseley

Demolitions do not constitute a long-term and sustainable solution to the crisis and they are not a deterrent to refugees who, by definition, have no choice but to flee their homes. Half of the camp was demolished last year and it has since doubled in size.

I Saw First-Hand How British Brands Unknowingly Exploited Syrian Refugees

Darragh MacIntyre | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK
Darragh MacIntyre

I'd been told that child labour was endemic in Turkey, but I wasn't prepared for the reality of it. Or the scale of it. One basement workshop was almost entirely staffed with children, many of whom couldn't have been more than seven or eight years old, the very picture of Dickensian misery.

Yvette Cooper Warns Calais Refugee Children At Risk of Trafficking As Camp Demolished

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK

Yvette Cooper has warned that child refugees risk slipping into the hands of smugglers as the Calais “Jungle” camp is demolished. After violence o...

Whether You Fled Falling Bombs Or An Abusive Father, Once Your Voice Breaks You Are On Your Own

Martin Barrow | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Politics
Martin Barrow

Refugees have fled the wars of Syria and Afghanistan and lived by their wits as they dragged themselves across a continent, hoping to be reunited with relatives in countries like Britain and France. And as they smiled at the cameras for the journalists waiting outside the immigration office in Croydon, they would have little sense of the anger and hatred that would be directed at them here in the fifth richest country on Earth.

Wayne Rooney's Face Becomes Unwitting Hero Of Child Refugee Tooth Check Row

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK

As the row rages over one MP’s call for tooth checks to determine the age of child refugees, Wayne Rooney is among those who has found himself as a ...

Even Dentists Are Tearing Apart Tory MP's Call For Child Refugee Tooth Age Checks

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK

A Tory MP has been condemned by dentists after calling for tests on teeth to verify the age of child refugees. The British Dental Association (BDA) ...

We Didn't Look Like Children Either, Brits Show Up Tabloids Over Child Refugee Photos

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK

British newspapers questioning the “real” ages of child refugees arriving in the UK from the Calais jungle camp have been condemned for their “d...