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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 ...

Praising Putin For Withdrawal Is Like Asking 'Did He Stop Beating His Wife?'

The Huffington Post | Paul Vale | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Politics

Praising Vladimir Putin’s "withdrawal" of troops from Syria is like asking “did he stop beating his wife?" the British foreign secretary said on T...

Haunting Lonely Planet And Rough Guide Reviews Reveal Speed Of Syria's Downfall

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK

The fifth anniversary of the Syrian civil war has highlighted how quickly a once stable economy and illustrious tourist destination has become one of ...

Young Syrians at a Crossroads

Simon O'Connell | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Simon O'Connell

The time is now. A generation stands on the threshold of adulthood. Each day that passes degrades our ability to help young Syrians and their peers in the region repair themselves before bitter experience hardens into habit. We can help young Syrians realize their promise as agents of change, peace and stability.

Syria: Five Years of War and Abandonment

Luke Browne | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Luke Browne

Five years ago, on 14 March 2011, the cities of Aleppo and Damascus witnessed a rare sight: hundreds of people on the streets, calling for democratic ...

Even 5 Years Of Conflict Can't Stop These 9 Young Syrian Refugees Hoping For A Better Future

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Five years after war broke out in Syria, the lives of the country's children are still on hold. Many have had to drop out of school, because there sim...

Syria, Five Years On: Building Peace in the Midst of War

Harriet Lamb | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Today, 15 March, marks five years since the absolutely brutal civil war erupted, leaving Syria a broken and divided country. The figures are shocking: Some 6.6 million people are internally displaced within Syria, and 4.6million have fled, mostly living in neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon or Jordan.

Long-Term Health Support More Vital Than Ever on Fifth Anniversary of Syrian Conflict

Chris Roles | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Chris Roles

As the Syrian conflict enters its sixth year Age International and our partners are stepping up work among older refugees in Lebanon, helping even mor...

Five Years of Failure - Europe's Shameful Response to the Syria Crisis

Mike Noyes | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK
Mike Noyes

Today marks five years since the start of the conflict in Syria, a grim anniversary of the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War and the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. More than 11million Syrians (half of Syria's pre-war population) have been killed or forced to flee their homes. At the current rate, Syria - one of the cradles of civilization - will be on the brink of extinction in just five years' time. And yet the world has largely stood by, watching with apathy at the sidelines while Syria is destroyed and thousands of Syrians die or brave the European seas to escape the place they once called home.

The Road to Damascus

Rachel Lees | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK
Rachel Lees

I never made it to Damascus to finish my studies and graduate... The terrifying war that had erupted since I started meant that there was no way I could guarantee what would happen if I made the ten-hour journey from my home town back to the capital.

Opportunity Over Hopelessness: Syrian Women's Impact on Peace

Brita Fernandez Schmidt | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK
Brita Fernandez Schmidt

Syrian women's participation in building peace is not just about seats in Geneva but must reach out to a broad and diverse range of women's groups working with Syrian women affected by the conflict, providing both humanitarian assistance and long-term support to help women's economic and social participation. Simply put, stronger women build stronger nations.