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Syria: Getting Ready For The Long-Term

George Graham | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
George Graham

As Syrian refugees endure their sixth bitter winter since this dreadful war began we must redouble our efforts to give them hope for a warmer, brighter future.

The Altar Of Russo-Turkish Love Requires Too Many Sacrifices

Jamila Mammadova | Posted 24.01.2017 | UK Politics
Jamila Mammadova

Heads of states come and go and, as recent events in Europe show, in a rapidly changing world, that seems to be the only opportunity for compromise and peaceful transition toward the new global realities. Yet if Erdogan would still manage to eat his cake and have it too, perhaps to everybody's surprise, he will be able to surpass Ataturk's legacy too.

Seven-Year-Old Syrian Bana Alabed Has A Heartwarming Message About Her New Life

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 15.01.2017 | UK

A seven-year-old girl who tweeted about the horrors of her life in war-torn Aleppo has described her new life in a series of heart-warming tweets. Ban...

The Power Of Building Change From Below

Harriet Lamb | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK
Harriet Lamb

Building such community peace at the grassroots is not easy, and too often overlooked. But in 2017, with so much uncertainty about where governments are going, it is vital. And we need to make sure that the voices of all those who believe in justice and peace, and in caring for our planet, are heard loud and clear.

Former British Chef Ryan Lock Killed Fighting Isis In Syria

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK

A former British chef with no previous military experience has been killed fighting against so-called Islamic State in Syria, according to reports. ...

Sexism And Death Trumps 2016

Amy Howerska | Posted 02.01.2017 | UK Politics
Amy Howerska

At some point in 2016, I went to sleep and woke up in an episode of Black Mirror. I think I can mark the point at which this happened, it was morning,...

The Power And Passion Of Girls Must Prevail

Anita Tiessen | Posted 31.12.2016 | UK Politics
Anita Tiessen

This year, we've put girls firmly in the spotlight. We've encouraged them to speak out on a global stage, share their stories with the world and be the change they want to see.

Terrible Events Of 2016 Show We Are All In This Together

Richard Corbett | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK
Richard Corbett

We need change that builds, rather than destroys. That means controlling arms supplies as the Arms Trade Treaty already requires governments to do. It means offering a refuge to those fleeing violence and persecution, as the Refugee Convention has for decades prescribed. We must also develop a Global Compact on Migration, to protect migrants, so often as vulnerable as refugees, and to manage migration for the benefit of all. If the terrible events of 2016 are not to be repeated, the calls for change to make the world more secure and inclusive must be heard and acted on. Nadi's experience may seem a million miles away from ours but we share the same thread of laws and norms that are supposed to keep us safe. Ultimately we are all in this together.

Why Aleppo's Evacuation Was No Such Thing

Alicia Kearns | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK
Alicia Kearns

Aleppo is not an evacuation of communities from danger to a place of refuge. It is the forced displacement of civilians from their homes. The point-blank shooting of civilians dragged from their homes by Regime soldiers and militias as reported by the UN. This is no evacuation, this is ethnic cleansing... The world has watched on as ethnic cleansing took place in Syria. We should be ashamed. The people of Aleppo continue to suffer, but does the world continue to care?

Russian Plane Carrying Military Choir To Syria Crashes In The Black Sea

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.12.2016 | UK

A Russian passenger plane with 92 people aboard, including a well-known military band known as the Red Army Choir has crashed into the Black Sea on it...

In Syria, Hospitals Are A Place You Go To Die

Dr. Rola Hallam | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK
Dr. Rola Hallam

When it comes to the Syrian war on civilians, we are not short on evidence of these atrocities and war crimes. What we are short on is action by our governments to stop the massacre of civilians and the targeting of hospitals and medics as a weapon of war.

Here’s How The Money You Donated Will Help The People Of Aleppo

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK

Aid workers helping in Syria have warned that access to medical and life-saving assistance, including food, remains “atrociously insignificant” in...

Children Continue To Arrive In Calais With Nothing: Why My Christmas Shopping Looks Different This Year

Clare Moseley | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Moseley

This week five boys arrived with us (Care4Calais) from Eritrea. Three of them are 16 years old, one is 15 and one is 17. I try hard not to get perso...

Compassion Fatigue? Not In Our Name

Katherine Davies | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Katherine Davies

Photo: Glen Matthews It was odd to read the recent news commentary reporting 'compassion fatigue' over Syria. I do not know a single person who is no...

Syria: Ways You Can Help (A Positive Piece!)

Tasneem Albarazi | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK
Tasneem Albarazi

Working for a charity solely focused on Syria, such as Syria Relief, can guarantee a regular rollercoaster of emotions for all of its employees and su...

We Are Showing Those In Aleppo They Have Not Been Forgotten

Lara Hakki | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK
Lara Hakki

These brave medical workers have risked their lives to save others, and SAMS is proud to continue to support our medical workers and patients as they recover from months of siege, targeted attacks, traumatic events, and horrific violence.

#EmergencyLessons: How Unicef And ECHO Are Supporting Children In Egypt

Hayley Cull | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK
Hayley Cull

When I met Leen in Giza a few days ago, it was clear that at just 25 years old with three children aged 10, nine and four, she has learnt to be very strong from a young age. Having only arrived in Egypt a few weeks ago and still dealing with trauma herself, she has already started working as a teacher, providing vital psycho-social support and education to children who have experienced the same horrors as she did in Syria and along that 'Death Road'.

Russian Ambassador To Turkey Shot Dead During Live Press Conference In Ankara

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK

The Russian ambassador to Ankara has been shot dead by a gunman during a live press conference, amid chaotic scenes at an art gallery in the Turkish c...

Universities Must Act Now And Provide Refugee Scholarships

Elisabeth Mahase | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Elisabeth Mahase

An education is not a piece of paper that you get as you Instagram a photo of yourself in a cap and gown. Education is a doorway to a better future. It can help you find the voice to fight, open the the eyes of those who have never seen beyond their front door and break the cycle of poverty. Education is knowledge and that can change everything.

Never Again: A Prayer, A Promise, A Vow

Toby Cadman | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK
Toby Cadman

We can and we should provide both if the decades-long international system of protection of civilians and regulation of warfare is to have any meaning. It is urgent to ensure the safe passage of civilians in Eastern Aleppo according to International Law; and it is imperative to investigate the responsibility for the crimes that have already been committed.

Seven-Year-Old Bana Alabed Has Been Safely Evacuated From Aleppo

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 19.12.2016 | UK

A seven-year-old girl who has been tweeting about her experiences from the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo has been rescued. Bana Alabed gave the world...

2016: Goodbye And Good Riddance

Robin Lustig | Posted 18.12.2016 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

The lesson to be learnt from Syria, we are told, is that this appalling tragedy is the kind of thing that happens when foreign powers turn their backs on tyranny and refuse to intervene. The lesson to be learnt from Iraq, on the other hand -- and Libya, and Yemen, come to that -- is that chaos, violence and human suffering on an unimaginable scale are what follow when foreign powers intervene.

Aid Convoy Leaves London With Enough Supplies For New Children's Hospital In Aleppo

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 17.12.2016 | UK

A convoy carrying enough supplies to build a new children’s hospital in Syria left London on Saturday after more than £155,000 was donated in just ...

Thousands March Through London To Oppose The 'Aleppo Holocaust'

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 17.12.2016 | UK

Thousands of people marched through the streets of London on Saturday to share their “extreme rage about the complete inaction of the international ...

Thousands Expected At London March For Aleppo Event Over 'International Inaction'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 16.12.2016 | UK

Several thousand people have expressed interest in attending a demonstration in London on Saturday prompted by the “extreme rage” felt over the in...