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Meet the People on the Frontline

Mike Adamson | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
Mike Adamson

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit was held this week. It brought together charities, international organisations and world leaders from 175 cou...

NHS Doctor Who Joined Isis Shows 'Even Those Who Are Very Intelligent Can Be Hoodwinked'

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK

An NHS doctor has left the UK to join self-proclaimed Islamic State in Syria, showing that "even those who are very intelligent can be hoodwinked". Is...

South of Syria

Baroness Suttie | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Suttie

With the prospect of further fighting in Aleppo the number of refugees trying to enter Jordan is likely to increase yet again this summer and with the best will in the world there are limits to any country's elasticity.

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.

World Humanitarian Summit: A Humanitarian Contribution to Peace Is the Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Harriet Lamb | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

What do you have as your screensaver? While some companies allow staff to revel in their favourite sunset snap or their kids pulling hideous faces, others provide the screensavers to focus minds on the top priorities.

World Humanitarian Summit: Let's Not Forget Pledges Already Made for Syria and Its Neighbours

Frances Guy | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Frances Guy

This week Turkey is hosting the first ever World Humanitarian Summit - one of the objectives of the summit is a new Grand Bargain between the 15 main donors and 15 main recipient networks. But will it result in the Agenda for Humanity that the UN Secretary General bravely called for in February?

Unlike Britain, Canada Has Absolutely Nailed The Idea Of 'Refugees Welcome'

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK

More than three quarters of Brits would accept refugees into their neighbourhood or home, research suggests, yet the UK has taken a tiny handful of pe...

Dearlove Is Wrong: Britain Is Best Placed to Tackle the Syria Crisis From Within the EU

Sir Malcolm Rifkind | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Richard Dearlove is in a lonely place. Arguing that Britain is at risk within the EU sets him against the most recent former chiefs of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ as well as every other NATO member and former NATO Secretary Generals. They have all made clear that Britain is stronger, safer and more secure remaining in the European Union.

Assad: The Master Terrorist

Maudie Fraser | Posted 13.05.2016 | UK Politics
Maudie Fraser

al-Kammouneh camp in the aftermath of the airstrike (photo c/o The Guardian) If (or rather when), as seems likely, it is confirmed that last Thursda...

The Media's Coverage of the War in Syria Distorts the True Nature of the Conflict for Ratings

Michael Day | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
Michael Day

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.

Older Voices in Humanitarian Crises: Calling for Change

Toby Porter | Posted 11.05.2016 | 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.

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 ...

A Letter to the People of the UK From a Syrian Mother

Hala Kamil | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Hala Kamil

In 2014 my husband was kidnapped by ISIS. I do not know if he is alive or dead, and every day I pray for some news of his well-being. Eighteen months ago we made the difficult decision to leave. But the problem throughout the world is that nobody wants Syrian people. To the rest of the world Syrian people and their children are very cheap; their blood is very cheap. We don't come to Europe to eat, we don't come here to have a flat. I stayed for years in Syria without much food, we stayed for five years without a lot of things. I don't want to eat, and I can stay in the streets if I need to. But I don't want to see my children dead in front of my eyes.

The "Waiting Hell"

Johanna Mitscherlich | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK
Johanna Mitscherlich

I have been here before. It was half my lifetime ago, but I remember sitting in these very same chairs when I was 15-years-old, waiting to buy tickets for the ferry to spend a vacation on the Greek islands with my friends. Now, hundreds of people are waiting in the departure hall at gate E1 in Piraeus port. They have been waiting for weeks, for months, not to go on a holiday, but to find a safe place for themselves and their children.

David Cameron Is Shirking Responsibility Over Syria

Diane Abbott | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Turkey is currently hosting around two million refugees. Lebanon, a country half the size of Wales, is now hosting 1.2million Syrian refugees, more than the total number of refugees in Europe from any nationality. Amid this David Cameron assumes any contortion he can to try and keep Britain's doors closed to a meaningful number of people made refugees from the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. He says, with a straight face, that the "first choice" of Syrian refugees is to stay in tents in Turkey or in crowded tenements in Beirut.

In the Face of Conflict Build Bridges, Not Walls

Aldwyn Cooper | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Aldwyn Cooper

At the recent 'International Peace Summit' held at Regent's University London in partnership with the Tutu Foundation UK, Nontombi Tutu, daughter of t...

'Praise Allah' Advert On Buses In England Aimed At Helping Syrian Victims

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK

Hundreds of buses across England will carry adverts praising Allah as part of a drive to highlight the plight of Syrians fleeing civil war during Rama...

These 80 Fully Funded Boarding School Places For Syrian Refugees Are Empty

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Boarding school places worth £1.6m set aside for Syrian refugee children have so far gone unfilled due to government red tape, it has been claimed. T...

How One Syrian Family Has Started Reshaping Global Refugee Policy

Dmitry Savelau | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK
Dmitry Savelau

Listening to what they have to say and letting them be part of the decision-making process is an important first step to reforming global refugee policy. And with all the technology that lets people organise effectively, they don't have to reshape it alone, but can do it together with the refugees.

Why Doesn't the EU Have a Strategy for Syria?

Guy Verhofstadt | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Politics
Guy Verhofstadt

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.

Syria: Is This the End of Hope?

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK
Dr Harry Hagopian

Five long years of protests, violence, suffering, bloodletting, proxy wars, fresh hopes marooned on jagged deceptions, untold misery, the barbarity of pseudo-religious claims, and the cheap venom of human beings pitted against each other.

Waiting for Trump's Wall? Europe's Already Busy Building

Andrew Legon | Posted 02.05.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Legon

If there are five stages of grief then we should all get started with the process now. After months of nervous laughter and disbelief it looks like Donald Trump will get the nomination. He'll be one step closer to the presidency. And with it, one step closer to making good on promises like building a Great Wall of Mexico.

Sadiq Khan Slams London's 'Badge Of Shame' Over Taking In Refugees

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK

Sadiq Khan has slammed the fact that London has taken in just a few dozen Syrian refugees, calling it a "a badge of shame" for the capital. In a passi...

Burundi Hero Who Saved 30,000 Children Awarded Million Dollar Prize By George Clooney

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK

George Clooney has presented a humanitarian worker from Burundi, who sheltered around 30,000 children from conflict, with a million dollar prize. Mar...

Syria - What Next?

David Peppiatt | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK
David Peppiatt

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?