UK Syria

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?

The Two Simple Facts About Refugees Most Brits Get Spectacularly Wrong

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK

A shocking new report has laid bare the "gulf" between public opinion and facts about Syria's refugee crisis. Nearly five million Syrians have been mi...

Nagorny Karabakh: An Old, Forgotten but Decidedly Dangerous Conflict

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

In the early hours of Saturday 2 April, a military escalation erupted on the Nagorny Karabakh line of contact, on a scale not seen since 1994. While the breakfast news reported on Palmyra, on who is planning to restore which monuments, the disturbing news broke about this old, yet now new conflict, that overnight saw dozens of people killed.

You Know What? Together, We've Done Good

Laura Tenison MBE | Posted 12.04.2016 | 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.

Six-Year-Old Girls in Jordan's Za'atari Refugee Camp Draw Tanks, Soldiers and Blood

Jaz O'Hara | Posted 11.04.2016 | UK
Jaz O'Hara

We woke up early for the two hour drive from the city, into the midst of the desert, and there it was... Barbed wire, security and dust; we had our passports and equipment thoroughly checked before entering. As we drove through the camp the vastness of it became clear, sand-coloured shelters in every direction, as far as the eye could see; the homes of 85,000 Syrian refugees.

The Victim of a Syrian Terrorist Attack

Lucy Wilson | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Wilson

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.

If You Weren't Already Shocked About Palmyra, These New Images Will Break Your Heart

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 01.04.2016 | UK

The ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, captured 10 months ago by members of the Islamic State group, was this week taken back from the so-called Islamic ...

Women's History Month: The Forgotten Women of Syria

Thaslima Begum | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK
Thaslima Begum

Syrian refugee women are facing serious human rights violations, exploitation and gender-based violence on a daily basis.

Heartbreak for Syrian Refugee Family Awaiting a Home

Joelle Bassoul | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK
Joelle Bassoul

Here we are watching rich countries debating yet again whether Syrian refugees should be allowed in or not, whether they pose a security threat or are linked to terrorist groups. At Oxfam, we've been calling for the resettlement of 10 per cent of the most vulnerable five million registered Syrian refugees...

Let's Not Forget That Assad Has Destroyed More of Syria's Ancient Sites Than ISIS

Usman Butt | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK Politics
Usman Butt

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.

Iraq: The Plight of the Forgotten People

Laura Taylor | Posted 27.03.2016 | UK
Laura Taylor

There are currently over three million people in Iraq who have been forced to flee their homes due to the violence and destruction caused by Isis and other internal sectarian conflicts. The country is also hosting some 250,000 of the millions of refugees who have fled the war in Syria.

From the Syrian Border to the Shores of Lesvos; What Is It Really Like to Make the Harrowing Refugee Journey?

Jaz O'Hara | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK
Jaz O'Hara

This is Ed... A couple of days ago Ed thought he was going to die. We love Ed, and were worried he might die too, but as he didn't, we can now tell his crazy story. Ed has just made the journey from the Syrian border, across Turkey to Izmir, and across the Aegean sea in a rubber dingy to Lesvos. Determined to show what refugees are ACTUALLY going through as they travel, he documented the journey every step of the way.

EU-Turkey Deal at Most Part of Solution to Refugee Crisis

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Deal with the devil? The refugees deal between the EU and Turkey has at least one hopeful aspect: for the first time during the migrant crisis the 28...

The Freedom to Choose

Grainne Gillis | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK
Grainne Gillis

Sometimes the choice lies between no words and too many words. When tragedies happen, as in Brussels, or Turkey, or indeed the daily carnage that is S...

Arsenal Football Club Is Building Pitches For Iraqi Children

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Arsenal has built football pitches for children fleeing war in Iraq. The football club has teamed up with Save the Children to fund two pitches and tr...

Government Defeated Over Child Refugee Plan

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK Politics

The Government is under pressure to take in 3,000 unaccompanied Syrian child refugees after Lords agreed a plan put forward by a Labour peer rescued f...

Syrian Refugees Deliver Heartfelt Messages To Their Mum's Left Back Home For Mother's Day

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK

"Family comes first - our mothers are our world." These are the words of Mouddar, a Syrian refugee stranded 4,000 km from his widowed mum in Damascus....

This Russian 'Withdrawal' From Syria Is No Victory for the West

Guy Verhofstadt | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Politics
Guy Verhofstadt

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.

'One In, One Out' Migrant Deal To Be Discussed By European Leaders

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK

David Cameron will meet with European leaders today to discuss a potential 'one in, one out' deal with Turkey aimed at stemming the flow of migrants a...

Ambassador Makes Extraordinary Claim About Russia's Bombing Of Syria

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK

Widespread claims that Russian bombing of Syria killed hundreds of civilians are "propaganda" and none were actually killed, the country's ambassador ...