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.
There is no way you can condense the war in Syria into a simplistic good guys versus bad guys narrative for the evening news or a tabloid opinion piece. No side has not suffered at the hands of others and no side has not caused any suffering for others.
Instead of sitting back, crossing our fingers and hoping for an end to the Syrian civil war, the EU should be uniting to heap pressure on those regional powers blocking the path to peace. Never before has a continent with so much invested in the stability of its surrounding regions, been so reluctant to project its power and defend its interests.
The fatal shooting of 16 Syrian refugees at the Turkish border, including three children, have amplified fears over the EU-Turkey deal struck to outso...
There's a perception amongst some in the outside world that the situation in Syria is better now. It's not. The 'cessation of violence' does not, as some report, equate to a ceasefire. Even in areas that have experienced a respite from the constant thud of mortars, the eerie silence that remains reveals another problem. How do people come back and pick up the pieces?
On June 25th, 2015, Dana, her two young children (3-year-old son, and 2-year-old daughter) and parents were inside their home, when a truck exploded outside, causing the house to go up in flames. The explosion is believed to have been a terror attack.
Syrian refugee women are facing serious human rights violations, exploitation and gender-based violence on a daily basis.
The point here is that the Assad regime has a very long history of destroying Syria's heritage sites. However with the ascent of the so-called Islamic State, the crimes against heritage committed by the Assad regime go unnoticed and it creates questionable euphoria when places like Palmyra are captured.
It's time European nations woke up to the fact that our neighbourhood, once a ring of stability and security, is increasingly contested by a resurgent Russia; a nation led by a man who only respects brute strength.
The time is now. A generation stands on the threshold of adulthood. Each day that passes degrades our ability to help young Syrians and their peers in the region repair themselves before bitter experience hardens into habit. We can help young Syrians realize their promise as agents of change, peace and stability.
Five years ago, on 14 March 2011, the cities of Aleppo and Damascus witnessed a rare sight: hundreds of people on the streets, calling for democratic ...
I never made it to Damascus to finish my studies and graduate... The terrifying war that had erupted since I started meant that there was no way I could guarantee what would happen if I made the ten-hour journey from my home town back to the capital.
Today marks five years since the start of the conflict in Syria, a grim anniversary of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War and the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. More than 11million Syrians (half of Syria's pre-war population) have been killed or forced to flee their homes. At the current rate, Syria - one of the cradles of civilization - will be on the brink of extinction in just five years' time. And yet the world has largely stood by, watching with apathy at the sidelines while Syria is destroyed and thousands of Syrians die or brave the European seas to escape the place they once called home.
In Syria, massive and systematic violence continues to take place out of sight, in centres of detention away from the war's frontlines. The release of arbitrarily held detainees, including women and children, would be an opportunity to signal a desire to change the status quo and to demonstrate a real willingness to solve the conflict politically.
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.
At the same time as British forces were launching offensives against key Isis targets in Syria, social media junkies in Whitehall were launching the a...