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Syrian Exodus, Chapter Two: Carrying the Weight of the War

Agus Morales | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK
Agus Morales

More than 380,000 Syrians have taken refuge in Turkey. The majority - some 350,000 - are registered, giving them the right to live in the refugee camps run by the Turkish Red Crescent. The remaining 30,000 are either waiting for registration, or have decided not to register so as to have the freedom to move on to other parts of Turkey.

PICTURES: Women In The Warzone

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK

Their faces covered by black masks, bodies clad in thick camouflage and tightly holding their kalashnikovs, it is only the eyes that reveal these youn...

Syrian Exodus - Chapter One: 'The Day My Village Was Bombed'

Agus Morales | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK
Agus Morales

Alia Mosa lies on a bed in a hospital in northern Syria. Her feet are wrapped in bandages. She is angry and despairing, and desperate to tell her story. "It was 5am," she says. "They launched missiles and my house was totally destroyed. Four of my children were killed and I was injured. One of my daughters and my husband survived."

Ministers Criticised For Confusing Approach To Arming Syrian Rebels

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Politics

A parliamentary committee criticised the Government today for a "lack of clarity" over whether a House of Commons vote would be needed before the UK s...

Imagine Having to Tell Your Kids Christmas Is Cancelled: Ramadan in a Refugee Camp

Wendy Bruere | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK
Wendy Bruere

For two years in Syria the conflict, which fractured Heshan's family, put a stop to celebrations, and this year in Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq there isn't the money or the spirit to mark the occasion. "It's not a special day anymore. It just happens and no-one notices," his mother, Naslya, tells me. "There is no life in this tent."

Welcome to Syria - Land of Anguish and Despair

Jehangir Malik | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK
Jehangir Malik

Abdul said they had lost loved ones from three generations of their family, and showed us a framed picture of his late wife, daughter, son and four grandchildren - all casualties of this brutal war. I was almost speechless. What words of comfort can you offer to a bereaved elderly man like Abdul Karim breaking down with grief.

Rape in Syria and Egypt - A Policy Priority Ignored

Peter Blair | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics
Peter Blair

Fears of regional spillover, the growing number of European jihadists who could prove a future threat and the escalating refugee crisis dominate the headlines but there is one element that is consistently absent from discussion at the policy level. That issue is sexual violence.

Army Chief Warns Britain Could Be Dragged Into Syria War

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.07.2013 | UK

British efforts to stop the slaughter by forces of President Bashar Assad could see us dragged into war, to prevent the regime's chemical weapons fall...

The Humanitarian Blind Spot

Silvia Stefanoni | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK
Silvia Stefanoni

The concept of the diversity of a population seems obvious when we think about it. The diversity of our own society is well recognised by policy makers and service delivers alike, and the public debate recognises that men and women of different ages have different needs, and are affected by events and changes in society differently.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Arms For Dictators

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 17 July 2013... 1) ARMS FOR DICTATORS From the Independent's splash: "The Government has issued...

Syria: Samantha Cameron Is Right, UK Defence Chiefs Are Wrong

Nehad Ismail | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

I don't believe David Cameron is blind to what is happening in one of the most strategic part of the World? The West's lack of clear decisive strategy has emboldened Iran, Russia and al Qaeda to operate freely in Syria.

Ned Simons

No.10 Dismisses Claim Samantha Cameron Is Driving Government's Syria Policy | Ned Simons | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Politics

Downing Street has downplayed reports that the prime minister's wife has exerted significant influence over the setting of government policy towards t...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Cameron's Crosby Controversy

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday 15 July 2013... 1) CAMERON'S CROSBY CONTROVERSY As Oscar Wilde almost said, to lose one top Downing S...

Lebanon on the Brink: How Syria's Neighbour Has Become a Victim of Its Own Generosity

Johan Eldebo | Posted 13.09.2013 | UK
Johan Eldebo

There is a palpable fear across Lebanon. The country has seen war and knows what it looks like. Sectarian violence has increased in recent months, and as refugees keep arriving the expectation is that the number could double by Christmas. Lebanon's future is now intimately tied with Syria's, and a solution to the conflict in Syria must be found for the entire region.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Cameron, Crosby And The Ciggies

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 14 July 2013... 1) CAMERON, CROSBY AND THE CIGGIES David Cameron never really probed former comms chi...

Education in Conflict-Torn Syria: We Are All Malala

Cat Carter | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK
Cat Carter

Today is Malala Day. Her 16th birthday. Less than a year ago she became a victim of an attack on education, when she was shot and almost fatally wounded by armed men on her way back from school. Her bravery has shone a light on the scale of the educational crisis the world still faces, as well as the struggle for a future faced by children living in areas affected by conflict. The situation in Syria typifies this struggle.

'Don't Worry, Syrian Rebels Will Give Us The Guns Back After The War'

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Politics

The government has said people should not worry that weapons delivered to the Syrian rebels would fall into the hands of extremists, as the Opposition...

Remember The Mistakes Of Srebrenica, Hague Warns West

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 11.07.2013 | UK Politics

William Hague has issued a thinly veiled warning to Western leaders, as well as Tory MPs, that they must consider the mistakes that led to the genocid...

Syria: I Drove My Car, I Painted My Nails... Just Like You

Cat Carter | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Cat Carter

"I want the world to feel us, to have compassion, to listen to these stories of our lives and our suffering. To know that no-one wants to leave their home. We were living a normal life - we had houses, jobs, shops, warehouses. Now we have lost everything, we have nothing. I just want the people outside to know that we were just like you."

Importing the Sectarianism That Drives the Conflict in Syria - The Case Against the Sectarian Preacher

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Politics
Fiyaz Mughal

The last thing we need is to import sectarianism into our country. Al-Arifi may have done us all a favour by coming to the UK since it has focussed on the need for better due diligence to be undertaken and to make us all wake up to the fact that whilst Syria may seem a long way away, its impacts can so easily affect our community relations in our small island.

Syria: We Were Many People, Where Are They Now?

Cat Carter | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK
Cat Carter

The crossing point is metres away from where I'm standing and I can see into Syria. Vicious clouds of sand and grit surround us, and the sun is beating down - the average temperature here is 40 degrees. Trucks stream past us, crammed with sacks of food and desperate refugees...

Ned Simons

MPs Plot Commons Vote On Arming Syrian Rebels Before Summer Recess | Ned Simons | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Politics

MPs are hoping to force the government to allow parliament to block any decision to arm the Syrian rebels, amid concerns Downing Street is trying to "...

Catholic Priest 'Beheaded By Jihadist Fighters In Syria'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK

A Catholic priest has been killed in Syria, it has been confirmed by the official Vatican news agency. Franciscan Father Francois Murad died after...

Jessica Elgot

Are Bitter Muslim Sectarian Tensions In Syria Spreading To UK? | Jessica Elgot | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK

Carrying billowing black flags, Anjem Choudary's banned group of extremists stomped past the Lebanese cafes and phone accessories shops along north Lo...

The UK Must Act Now to Protect Syria's Children From Sexual Violence

Rob Williams | Posted 28.08.2013 | UK
Rob Williams

In April this year Angelina Jolie and William Hague announced that the G8 nations had agreed a historic commitment to work together to stop rape and sexual violence in conflict... The UK has expended a great deal of diplomatic energy on this issue... The problem is that we found no evidence of any activities, determined or otherwise, to stop rape in Zaatari camp.