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Talking Matters

Penny Tassoni | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK
Penny Tassoni

Imagine the scene. A parent and a young child wait for a bus. For ten minutes, they talk about where they are going, why the bus is late before distracting themselves by spotting the number of blue cars on the road. Vans don't count, but minibuses do.

Jon Snow Tells School Children The Most Terrifying Moment Of His Career

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK

Jon Snow has described thinking he was "going to die" on a refugee boat, while being interviewed by primary school children in a studio made of cardbo...

More Than 700 Migrants Are Feared Dead Trying To Cross The Mediterranean Sea

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK

More than 700 migrants may have died in Mediterranean Sea shipwrecks in the past week, humanitarian organisations said on Sunday. The shipwrecks appea...

The Future of Syria's Children

Natasha Kaplinsky | Posted 23.05.2016 | 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.

Harrowing Video Of British Child 'Refugee' Turns European Migration Crisis On Its Head

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK

A young British girl flees her home, loses her family, nearly drowns and is shot at in a heartbreaking video showing what would happen to children if ...

Cameron U-Turn On Child Refugees

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics

David Cameron has signalled a major U-turn over child refugees as he revealed he would no longer block plans to take in youngsters from across Europe....

Will Parliament Vote to Support Vulnerable Refugee Children in Europe?

Dorothy Sang | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Politics
Dorothy Sang

It is often easy to despair at each piece of news which emerges about the European refugee crisis. The Government is trumpeting an announcement on how it plans to protect refugee children caught up in this crisis, but those working on this issue know too well that the promises made fall short of addressing the needs of the most vulnerable on our doorstep... As long as we continue to turn our backs on children in Europe, we will continue to see more tragedies. We are failing children whose only wish is to grow up in safety.

The World Must Step Up and Respond to Ethiopia's Drought Crisis

Helle Thorning-Schmidt | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Politics
Helle Thorning-Schmidt

The complexities of this crisis go beyond the very real human need I saw playing out in Fedeto. Were it faced with this drought alone, the Government of Ethiopia would have a heady, but manageable task. Sadly, all indications of the climate change trajectory suggest that this is not an isolated case of drought, but rather the paradigm for what is yet to come.

Toddlers Need Trained Teachers At Nursery, Warns Charity

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK Parents

Every nursery in the country should have a qualified teacher to help children develop key skills like speech and language, a leading charity has said....

Five Years of Conflict in Syria - Children Deserve Better Than This

Tanya Steele | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Tanya Steele

As I arrived at the border camp in northern Greece late yesterday, a sea of mud and tents under a cold grey sky, thousands of people had just left. Families were walking along the roadside, carrying whatever they could, with the children stumbling under heavy bags.

A Catastrophic Failure in Syria: Why It Is Time to Admit That the International Community Cannot Deal With Conflict

Roger Hearn | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK
Roger Hearn

As the Director of the UN Agency working with Palestinian refugees in Damascus at the start of Syria's crisis followed by three years leading Save the Children's regional Syria response, I have seen firsthand the results of global political failure and the compromised humanitarian response. It is time to say enough.

Yemen: A Nation of Children the Hashtags Forgot

Fiona Bruce | Posted 14.02.2016 | UK Politics
Fiona Bruce

A lack of profile sadly does not mean a lack of problems and as the war trundles on, attempts to distribute aid are severely hampered by fighting, damaged ports, closed airports, blocked humanitarian corridors and a country-wide lack of fuel. The figures speak for themselves and behind every one of these statistics is a human tragedy.

If Children Ran the Country...

Nicky Cox MBE | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK
Nicky Cox MBE

Kids get it. They get it totally. This week we asked them what they thought about Save The Children's call to let 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees in Europe, into Britain. We had the quickest ever response to a poll Overnight, 2,275 children registered their vote with 93% of them agreeing with Save The Children.

MP Tells Of Discovering 'Awful' State Of Greek Island Lesbos

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK

A Conservative MP has revealed the "awful" state of the Lesbos migrant crisis after she visited the island last week. Heidi Allen and a pair of Co...

Cameron Urged To Admit Thousands Of Child Refugees Into The UK

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Politics

The Government is coming under mounting political pressure to address the "genuinely terrifying" situation facing thousands of child refugees in Europ...

The Desperate Need for a Political Solution to Save Refugees in Calais

Bradley Hillier-smith | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Politics
Bradley Hillier-smith

I am convinced that the UK government must change its stance towards those stuck in northern France in order to save lives. The extraordinary efforts of the volunteers and activists there can only treat the problem and not solve it. Of course charity and donations are essential, yet the solution is a political one and one that is sorely needed and morally required. This would prevent further deaths such as those mourned at the memorial service today.

Britain Must Offer Refugee Children a Better Future

Justin Forsyth | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK
Justin Forsyth

The UK has led the way in aid to the Syria region, and the government recently took the very welcome step of offering to take in 20,000 refugees living in camps in the Middle East. But we know that Britain can also reach out a hand to some of those who have already made the dangerous journey to Europe, those at-risk children who are on their own this winter. Like those dark days in 1938, children are leaving their homes today without their families because they fear for their lives. Britain can live up to the best of our history by offering them a better future.

Get Knitted Out for Christmas Day

Sophia Walker | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

Christmas gifts such as handbags, jewelry and chocolates have been replaced with practical items such as a new baby carrier, Maxi-Cosi car seat and playpen - yes for me of course, Baby Boo gets a whole set of toys, books and fun!

We Must Not Turn Our Backs on Refugees

Justin Forsyth | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

As people gather in schools and churches around the country to hear the story of a Middle Eastern family with no place to stay, is there any better response to those who want a clash of civilisations than to say that even in difficult and dangerous times, we stand with the Syrian people, and that refugees are welcome here.

Invest in Nursery Education for Better Exam Results

Russell Hobby | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Parents
Russell Hobby

Most of the attention in our education system is paid to the older end - exams and universities. Yet much of the action - in terms of making a difference - takes places at the start. Or even before children arrive at school. Put it this way: if you want better GCSE results, you should invest in nursery education.

Not Just a Piece of Paper

Justin Forsyth | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Justin Forsyth

Last week in New York over 160 leaders from around the world signed an agreement that will shape all of our destinies and radically change the way we tackle poverty, inequality and climate change. In more than 25 years working in international development, this is perhaps the most pivotal moment I have had the privilege to be part of. A decade and a half after we ushered in a new era with the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will come into force.

The Future of a Generation

Jamal Edwards | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jamal Edwards

This week world leaders gathering in New York will make decisions that affect the future of billions. These are decisions that could end some of the most prominent issues of our time. Like ending extreme poverty. Fighting inequality and injustice. Fixing climate change. In all countries. For all people. We have a huge opportunity and we must take it.

It Is Shameful That Around the World Children Are Dying From Preventable and Treatable Illnesses

Karen Elson | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Karen Elson

A mother's love for her children is immeasurable. Her instinct is to protect her children, to nurture them, to teach them and watch them grow. This maternal drive does not know geographical or economic boundaries, and it is something I saw in every mother I spoke to on my trip.

What If Surrey Were Like Syria? Unsuspecting Residents Hit With School Closures, Empty Stores And Roadblocks

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 27.08.2015 | UK

A Surrey primary school is closed, its fences covered in barbed wire to stop anyone getting in. A store has virtually no goods and charges hugely-infl...

"I Don't Want to Remember the Journey - Ever"

Hedinn Halldorsson | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Hedinn Halldorsson

One in every 122 people in the world are asylum seekers, refugees or internally displaced in their own countries. More than half of the world's refugees are children. One of them is Sami*. He is 15, from Syria. Sami is here with a friend, his family are back in Syria.