UK Syria

Older Voices in Humanitarian Crises: Calling for Change

Toby Porter | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Toby Porter

We need to listen to the very people we are failing, those who are vulnerable and unable to access appropriate help when needed. The World Humanitarian Summit is an opportunity to make that change - we must not let it slip through our grasp.

Harrowing Video Of British Child 'Refugee' Turns European Migration Crisis On Its Head

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK

A young British girl flees her home, loses her family, nearly drowns and is shot at in a heartbreaking video showing what would happen to children if ...

A Letter to the People of the UK From a Syrian Mother

Hala Kamil | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Hala Kamil

In 2014 my husband was kidnapped by ISIS. I do not know if he is alive or dead, and every day I pray for some news of his well-being. Eighteen months ago we made the difficult decision to leave. But the problem throughout the world is that nobody wants Syrian people. To the rest of the world Syrian people and their children are very cheap; their blood is very cheap. We don't come to Europe to eat, we don't come here to have a flat. I stayed for years in Syria without much food, we stayed for five years without a lot of things. I don't want to eat, and I can stay in the streets if I need to. But I don't want to see my children dead in front of my eyes.

The "Waiting Hell"

Johanna Mitscherlich | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK
Johanna Mitscherlich

I have been here before. It was half my lifetime ago, but I remember sitting in these very same chairs when I was 15-years-old, waiting to buy tickets for the ferry to spend a vacation on the Greek islands with my friends. Now, hundreds of people are waiting in the departure hall at gate E1 in Piraeus port. They have been waiting for weeks, for months, not to go on a holiday, but to find a safe place for themselves and their children.

David Cameron Is Shirking Responsibility Over Syria

Diane Abbott | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Turkey is currently hosting around two million refugees. Lebanon, a country half the size of Wales, is now hosting 1.2million Syrian refugees, more than the total number of refugees in Europe from any nationality. Amid this David Cameron assumes any contortion he can to try and keep Britain's doors closed to a meaningful number of people made refugees from the humanitarian catastrophe in Syria. He says, with a straight face, that the "first choice" of Syrian refugees is to stay in tents in Turkey or in crowded tenements in Beirut.

In the Face of Conflict Build Bridges, Not Walls

Aldwyn Cooper | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK
Aldwyn Cooper

At the recent 'International Peace Summit' held at Regent's University London in partnership with the Tutu Foundation UK, Nontombi Tutu, daughter of t...

'Praise Allah' Advert On Buses In England Aimed At Helping Syrian Victims

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK

Hundreds of buses across England will carry adverts praising Allah as part of a drive to highlight the plight of Syrians fleeing civil war during Rama...

These 80 Fully Funded Boarding School Places For Syrian Refugees Are Empty

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Boarding school places worth £1.6m set aside for Syrian refugee children have so far gone unfilled due to government red tape, it has been claimed. T...

How One Syrian Family Has Started Reshaping Global Refugee Policy

Dmitry Savelau | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK
Dmitry Savelau

Listening to what they have to say and letting them be part of the decision-making process is an important first step to reforming global refugee policy. And with all the technology that lets people organise effectively, they don't have to reshape it alone, but can do it together with the refugees.

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.