UK Syria

Aleppo Is Not the New Srebrenica - It's the Old Aleppo

Neil Durkin | Posted 09.08.2017 | UK
Neil Durkin

Mitchell's "new Srebrenica" line echoes Jan Egeland, the United Nations official who's responsible for trying to broker humanitarian access in Syria. The effectiveness - or otherwise - of UN efforts to deliver aid into Syria has been one of the many vexed issues of this crisis. With Srebrenica (as with Rwanda) the UN failed abysmally. Is it going to fail with Syria as well? Let's fervently hope not. And let's hope that Aleppo stays at the centre of international attention. Because, even without a standalone massacre of Srebrenica's magnitude, Aleppo is already a frightening humanitarian emergency. Aleppo isn't the new Srebrenica, it's the old Aleppo. And that's easily bad enough.

Did BBC Look at Refugee Life Through Rose Tinted Spectacles?

Sam Slota-Newson | Posted 05.08.2017 | UK
Sam Slota-Newson

It's fantastic to see the media portraying refugees as human and hopeful and the BBC's Our Desert Home is worlds away from the regularly demonised refugees of the tabloids and poisonous political rhetoric of recent months.

This Boy Had Seven Days to Live - The Next 90 Minutes Saved His Life

Ismail Jeilani | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK
Ismail Jeilani

This campaign surpassed borders and colours. The world united for one little boy. The result? A life was saved.

Briton Who Was 'Rejected By The British Army' Dies Fighting Isis Militants In Syria

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK

A Briton who was reportedly rejected by the British Army because he had asthma has been killed fighting with Kurdish forces against the so-called Isla...

Bands Of Children Are Setting Fire To Tyres To Stop Their City Being Bombed

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK

Children in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo are setting fire to tyres to create ‘no-fly zones’ for the planes trying to drop bombs on them. The...

Europe Should Adopt a Policy of Co-operation and Reciprocity to Tackle Refugee Crisis

Mohsin Tanveer | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Mohsin Tanveer

If and when the time comes that these refugees are in the clear and can return to their home states, Europe, if it adopts the Betts' alternative, can proudly pat itself on the back for turning a disaster into an example of an ethically sound political solution to be utilized as a model reference in the field of refugee law and policy.

Islamic State Attacks in Europe: A Rough Guide to ISIS Lone Wolves

Tam Hussein | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK
Tam Hussein

There is a myth that the Islamic State claims every terror attack in the West as its own. But even its claims of responsibility for events should be accepted sceptically. Let's establish a criterion that distinguishes between directed attacks - that is those organised by ISIS and those attacks which are inspired by ISIS.

Oxford's 'Jihadi Jack' Admits Missing Krispy Kreme Doughnuts And Kebabs

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK
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A middle-class Brit dubbed ‘Jihadi Jack’ after leaving his Oxford home to travel to Syria has revealed he misses kebabs and Krispy Kreme doughnuts...

Desperate Syrian Children Are Using Pokemon Go In Their Pleas To Be Rescued

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK

Children in war-torn Syria are using a heartbreaking new tactic to remind the world they are still in terrible danger. Images of forlorn-looking boys ...

Outrage After US-Led Airstrikes 'Mistakenly' Kill 56 Syrian Civilians

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK

The alleged accidental killing of at least 56 Syrian civilians in US-led airstrikes on Tuesday has sparked international outrage. Investigators are lo...

One Year on From Arriving In Britain as a Syrian Refugee

Ahmad al-Rashid | Posted 14.07.2017 | UK
Ahmad al-Rashid

It has been one year since I arrived in the UK coming from Syria. One year ago, I made the perilous journey from Syria all the way to the UK. I joined thousands of people who made the difficult choice to resort to the sea to escape the five-year long and brutal war in Syria. A war which has brought the country to its knees and forced half of the nation out of their homes and caused one of the worst humanitarian crises since World War Two.

How the Disunity Amongst UN Agencies Is Failing Syria

Roger Hearn | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK
Roger Hearn

This situation is deplorable - there needs to be a United Nations that can develop and implement immediate and critical decisions that focus on saving lives not careers or the competing interests of different UN agencies.

From Syria With Love

Alison Williams | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK
Alison Williams

Ahmad is a Syrian Kurd who fled Isis. After his death-defying escape from Syria, he arrived in the UK via the region's refugee camps, offered sanctuary in the UK through the government's Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme and has received the warmest of welcomes thanks to the people of Totnes.

Jo Cox Was a Champion of Humanity and I'll Miss Her

Leo Gibbons-Plowright | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Leo Gibbons-Plowright

It feels strange being heartbroken over the passing of someone you never met. Yet Jo Cox rekindled my faith in politicians and for that I'll be forever grateful. I know her legacy will inspire me for years to come.

Syrians Are Human Beings, Just Like Us

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat | Posted 22.06.2017 | UK
Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat

Wailing moans of loss will continue to reverberate in the Syrian air as long as the elephants involved continue to promote their egos. It is unclear how to stop these, but one thing must be made clear; if concrete steps are not taken, eventually we will pay the price. Finally, the time has come to lend whatever assistance we can to alleviate the suffering of Syrians. Remember, they are humans, just like us.

Incredible Jo Cox Tribute From Streets Of Syria Shows 'Global Solidarity'

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK

An image of a man standing in war-torn Aleppo, holding a sign paying tribute to killed MP Jo Cox, has been described by her husband as an "amazing" si...

Why I Had to Help Welcome Refugees

Ruth Connelly | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK
Ruth Connelly

I went on holiday to Syria in 2009, two years before war broke out. I was visiting my Syrian father-in-law with my husband Tarek and our one-year-old ...

With Refugee Children Forced to Live in Squalor in Forests We Ask - Is This Really 21st Century Europe?

Lliana Bird | Posted 21.06.2017 | UK
Lliana Bird

Today is World Refugee Day, yet for the 65.3million people across the world currently displaced today is no different from any other day. Fareed means "alone" in Arabic, but together we can stand in solidarity with refugees across the world, not only today, but every day.

Jo Cox's Passionate Speech Urging The Government To Help Child Refugees

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Politics

Jo Cox urged MPs to do away with "party politics" as she pleaded with the Government to take in child refugees from Europe earlier this year. In a pow...

We Can Criticise and Be Proud of Foreign Aid at the Same Time

Harriet Lamb | Posted 14.06.2017 | UK Politics
Harriet Lamb

So today when Parliament debates whether Britain should keep its recent commitment to devote 7 pence in every £10 of our national wealth to aid, we will be confidently declaring, alongside politicians from all sides of the House, that we are #ProudOfAid.

Aleppo - The Day Syria Broke My Heart... Again

Anais Mutumba | Posted 11.06.2017 | UK
Anais Mutumba

Maybe I should retreat to my journalist bubble but feeling is better than ignoring. Remembering the one and praying for them is better than hiding behind my keyboard. I think that Kleenex will make a lot of money out of me though.

Corbyn Hits Back At Blair Attack

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Corbyn has hit back at claims by Tony Blair that he is only interested in "protest" rather than real political power. In his most critical rema...

These Three Just Pulled Off The 'Drunken Trip' Hoax Of The Year

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK

The story of a group of young British clubbers who ended up stranded in Syria has been revealed as an elaborate hoax. Lewis Ellis, a suspected YouTub...

Labour Peer To Help Child Refugee Football Fans

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Politics

A senior Labour peer is to mark the start of EURO 2016 by handing out football kits and other help to child refugees in Calais. Shadow Lords Chief Whi...

'It's Your Turn, Doctor': Medics Under Fire in Syria

Toby Cadman | Posted 03.06.2017 | UK Politics
Toby Cadman

The organisation 'Medics Under Fire' has documented the killing of 615 medical workers since the beginning of the conflict. 97% of them died as a result of Syrian Government attacks, which evinces that this is not a two-side problem.