Lebanon

George And Amal Clooney To Put 3,000 Refugee Children Through School

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK

George and Amal Clooney are set to put almost 3,000 Syrian refugee children through school in Lebanon, where nearly 200,000 pupils are out of educatio...

This ‘Wall Of Kindness’ In Beirut Is Helping Those In Need

The Huffington Post | Max Thurlow | Posted 31.07.2017 | UK

Around 70% of Lebanon’s refugee population lives beneath the poverty line. A group of anonymous volunteers in Beirut have come together to help the...

The Power Of Women

Johanna Higgs | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

Standing on the frontline with ISIS in Northern Iraq, I stood flanked by a group of female Peshmerga soldiers. Just over the mountain behind the small Peshmerga army base, we could see a cloud of smoke shooting up into the air. The women pointed excitedly and shouted, 'they're bombing ISIS.'

What Is The Problem With Women Having Rights?

Johanna Higgs | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

Women should have the right to walk down the street free of harassment, to not be hit by their husbands and to not be blamed for being sexually objectified by men. Women and girls should have the right to education, to not be controlled by male members of their family and to have the same rights to sexual freedom, as men allow themselves. What is the problem with this?

Don't Forget About The Women In War

Johanna Higgs | Posted 13.04.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

As the brutal chemical bombings in Syria dominate the news headlines, the general consensus amongst the media seems to be one of horror. As it should ...

Violence Against Women Is Not 'Cultural'

Johanna Higgs | Posted 09.04.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

Violence can never and should never, be justified under the banner of culture. Men do not allow violence to be perpetrated against them, or to be justified or excused as culture, and neither should women. Any act that causes physical or psychological harm and creates an environment where one does not have access to the same rights and opportunities as others, must be condemned.

Six Years Of War: Syrian Refugee Children In Lebanon

Martin Bell | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK
Martin Bell

What is extraordinary is the resilience and the spirit of these children. Less than half of them are in school, but they play their games and dream their dreams. Hamid, at fifteen, dreams of course of returning home - and of football. From a tent in the mud of the Bekaa Valley, he's a fan of Barcelona.

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.

Refugees Say What They Love And Remind Us How Little They Have

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK

These refugees don’t have much. When asked what they love, their answers aren’t material: Their family. Being warm. Peace in Syria. Help Refugees,...

These Syrian Children Have Some Serious Career Goals

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 11.02.2017 | UK

Many of the Syrian children living in Lebanon as refugees were forced to flee their homes under the most dire of circumstances. Those who are fortuna...

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.

Syria And Iraq Invade My Memories Today

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

Some of my readers are old enough to recall that 5 June 1967 was the start of the Six-Day War between Israel and its erstwhile Arab enemies. As a todd...

Syrian Artists Imagine More Peaceful Future In Wake Of Crisis

Julia Karlysheva | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Julia Karlysheva

Conflict and displacement also carry with them the less visible scars of grief and trauma - feelings difficult to manage in adults, and even harder to manage in children. While it's unimaginable to ignore the effects of the war, can there really be reasons for optimism and hope? A group of Syrian artists believe so.

Sexual Harassment in the Middle East

Johanna Higgs | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK
Johanna Higgs

Don't laugh at sexist jokes, don't tolerate your friends harassing women and speak up when you see it happening. Don't dismiss the issue as being irrelevant, shrug you shoulders or say that it doesn't matter. We can all make a change.

Child Refugees in Lebanon: Finding Hope for the Future

Dr Mairead Collins | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK
Dr Mairead Collins

Places for children in schools are massively important, but the international community must work harder to turn their plans into action: accelerate the implementation of education and employment initiatives on the ground to make it possible for children to actually go to school. Then children can begin to live the childhood they deserve, and find some hope for their future.

The Future of Syria's Children

Natasha Kaplinsky | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK
Natasha Kaplinsky

Today, Monday 23rd May, the UK's Minister for International Development Justine Greening, Gordon Brown, and other influential figures will announce a new fund for education in emergencies at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. Save the Children is launching a new campaign at the summit to ensure that no refugee child, anywhere in the world, is out of school for more than a month.

Older Voices in Humanitarian Crises: Calling for Change

Toby Porter | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK
Toby Porter

We need to listen to the very people we are failing, those who are vulnerable and unable to access appropriate help when needed. The World Humanitarian Summit is an opportunity to make that change - we must not let it slip through our grasp.

Wine of the Week: IXSIR, Altitudes Red Wine 2011, Lebanon

Tom Cannavan | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Cannavan

IXSIR, Altitudes Red Wine 2011, Lebanon Batroun, Lebanon, Dry Red, Cork, 13.0% abv The famous estate of Château Musar has put Lebanon firmly on the m...

Lebanon: Local Elections Represent a Chance for Change

Meg Munn | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK
Meg Munn

Lebanon is in the middle of a crisis. The proximity of fighting and the influx of refugees is challenging. Nonetheless proper political processes should be in place and holding successful local elections would be an important step for the country. While support to Lebanon to manage the refugee crisis and the defence issues is vital the international community should also encourage the development of local democratic institutions.

You Know What? Together, We've Done Good

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Tenison MBE

For our first collection we asked you to sort your donated hand-me-downs by size and season. And you did really well, with around 40,000 pieces of clothing donated, potentially saving them from landfill.

Syria, Five Years On: Building Peace in the Midst of War

Harriet Lamb | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Today, 15 March, marks five years since the absolutely brutal civil war erupted, leaving Syria a broken and divided country. The figures are shocking: Some 6.6 million people are internally displaced within Syria, and 4.6million have fled, mostly living in neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon or Jordan.

Long-Term Health Support More Vital Than Ever on Fifth Anniversary of Syrian Conflict

Chris Roles | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK
Chris Roles

As the Syrian conflict enters its sixth year Age International and our partners are stepping up work among older refugees in Lebanon, helping even mor...

Five Years of War and Heartbreak: Why We All Must Do More to Keep Syria's Children Safe

Michael Sheen | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK
Michael Sheen

Five years, for any child, feels like a lifetime. For the millions of Syrian children whose lives have been turned upside down by the conflict, these last five years must have felt even longer than that. The conflict in Syria has now raged for half a decade, and in this time the millions of children affected have had to deal with more suffering and heartbreak than most of us will ever experience. The conflict has placed millions of children in terrible danger, and sadly a real end to the turmoil still seems a distant prospect. More than eight million Syrian children are now in urgent need of humanitarian aid in what is the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II.

This Video Shows What 37,000 Children Go Through Every Day

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK

A 12-year-old girl dressed in a full bridal outfit poses next to her smiling groom - a man who looks easily old enough to be her grandfather. Peop...

Significant Support From Syria Donor Conference, But Political Solution Urgently Needed

Imran Madden | Posted 04.02.2017 | UK
Imran Madden

They deserve a better future wherever they are in exile and more importantly, prospects for a more peaceful future in their homeland. The international community must keep up the momentum after this conference and do everything they can to pursue a lasting political solution.