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Refugees Got Talent

Theopi Skarlatos | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK
Theopi Skarlatos

When I first decided to make this film the one question that kept repeating itself in my head was this: what does a person do, when they feel like the...

As Damascus Becomes A Battleground Again - Is There Hope For The Future Of Syria?

Dr Mairead Collins | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK
Dr Mairead Collins

After periods of heavy fighting, the district of Al Qaboun had in recent years lived in relative peace under a truce between rebels and government for...

The Syrians Campaigning For Justice For Those 'Disappeared' By Assad

Nicola Cutcher | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK
Nicola Cutcher

The Syrian regime has consistently refused access to independent international monitors to inspect their detention facilities. Amnesty International and other groups have been calling for action on this, and for the regime to publish names of detainees, their whereabouts and what has happened to the bodies of those who have died. It's now been one year since our bus journey. Many of the Syrians on that bus still have photographs of their missing loved ones displayed on their Facebook profiles. They are still waiting for news of their disappeared.

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.

Siege, Transfer And Occupation In Syria - The Evacuation Of Al Waer

Chris Doyle | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Doyle

The story of the evacuation and transfer of Syrians from Al Waer sums up so much of what is going on in Syria in 2017 - a mix of siege, bombings, forcible transfer and foreign occupation.

Don't Believe The Hype Around Fake News

Neil Durkin | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK
Neil Durkin

In DeLillo's White Noise the narrator Gladney spends a lot of time with his academic colleague, Murray Jay Siskind, a cynical New Yorker with a penchant for constant theorising. Gladney, half-appalled, sums up his colleague's acidic take on the world: "Murray says we are fragile creatures surrounded by a world of hostile facts. Facts threaten our happiness and security."

Today Marks Six Years Since The Syrian Conflict Began

Mustafa Field MBE | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK
Mustafa Field MBE

As the horrors continue in Syria and fighting is focused on religious and sectarian lines, it is vital that faith groups come together to help those most affected. This sends a powerful message that we are not a divided people but stronger when we work together in times of crisis.

Six Years Of Syria's War Is Six Years Too Long - Let's End This

Gareth Bayley | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK
Gareth Bayley

No, Syria is not 'fine', and its people are not 'in a good place'. Yet Syrians' resilience and desire to resolve this conflict endure. Let this be the year a serious effort is made to end this conflict, and I fervently look forward to not having to mark another grim 'anniversary' in a year's time.

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.

Is The West Failing To Uphold Their Response To Protect (R2P) Commitmnt

Lewis Barton | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Lewis Barton

Western states have always prioritised domestic responsibilities over international ones, as all countries do. However, the gap between these responsibilities has never seemed so wide. Recent political events seem to suggest a possible cultural shift when it comes to Western states becoming embroiled with an international crisis.

The Five Most Harrowing Effects Syria's Civil War Is Having On Children

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK

As the Syrian civil war enters its seventh year, campaigners are warning the scars of the conflict will be etched on the mental wellbeing of children,...

Can Virtual Reality Help Us Develop Real Empathy?

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Tech
Craig and Marc Kielburger

We hope the next frontier for virtual reality is the classroom, where it promises to immerse students--our future leaders--in worlds beyond textbooks and can teach lessons for the real world. If a single image can transcend borders, imagine what virtual reality can do for global compassion.

The Mayor Of Calais Has Banned Food Distribution To Refugees - A Response And A Plea For Harmony

Arthur Peirce | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

I feel the resolution to this refugee crisis, and all global crises is with kindness. There ultimately needs to be infrastructure to provide for the care of the refugees. Whether this is with the full support of major NGOs or the UN, or simply local communities welcoming refugees in with arms open.

Bana Alabed Writes To Theresa May Asking To Help Syria's 'Dying Children'

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK

The seven-year-old girl who has tweeted about the horrors of her life in war-torn Syria has written to Theresa May asking the UK to send “medicine, ...

Ministers Accused Of 'Hiding' Details Of £1m Compensation Deal With Jamal al-Harith

The Huffington Post | Ned Simons | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK Politics

Ministers have been accused of “hiding” and unnecessarily refusing to answer questions about whether or not and when a former British Guantanamo B...

Body Of 'Hero' Briton Who Died Fighting Isis Returns To UK

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK

The body of a British chef who died fighting so-called Islamic State militants arrived back at Heathrow Airport to a hero’s welcome. Ryan Lock, who ...

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,...

The First British Woman To Travel To Syria To Fight Isis Explains What Motivates Her

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 11.02.2017 | UK

A 27-year-old from Blackburn is believed to have become the first British woman to travel to Syria to fight so-called Islamic State. Kimberley Taylor ...

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...

Will The Law Stretch From Srebrenica To Saydnaya?

Robin Lustig | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK
Robin Lustig

Even incorrigible liberals like me need to remind ourselves sometimes that however miserable we might feel about Brexit or Trump, we face nothing a fraction as terrifying as what the Muslims of Srebrenica faced in 1995, or what the people of Syria have been facing for the past six years.

Syrians Speak: What Syrians Want You To Know

Usman Butt | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK
Usman Butt

It will be six-years since the Syrian uprising started next month and conditions in the country are dire with a fragile ceasefire barely holding. Syri...

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.

Life On A Syrian Refugee Camp

Anna Sophia Thorne | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK
Anna Sophia Thorne

All of the deaths, disappearances and instances of violence and torture that have affected my Syrian friends' lives should be fiction, could have been fiction if things had turned out differently. But since they haven't, these facts have had to be absorbed into the fabric of people's lives, just as the realities of life on a refugee camp have had to be.

Aleppo: The Hidden War Is Not Hiding With Tech

Ru Barksfield | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Tech
Ru Barksfield

As someone who adores new technology I'm not sure whether to be impressed or appalled by this new generation of 'live' carnage. I feel near helpless sat on a comfy couch, in a leafy green part of London, yet as a generation we have never been so empowered by the tools handed to us 'millennials'. But we are not helpless.

Far-Right Activist Tells Guest On Channel 4 News 'I Hope You Don't Get Raped'

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK

LATEST: Barbara Ntumy speaks to The Huffington Post UK about last night’s incident. Former BNP member and far-right activist Jack Buckby appeared on...