Leeds feeling strain of 0.03% increase in population

It’s great to see Leeds talking seriously about how it can support people fleeing violence and forced to leave their homes and countries. The council task force has come up with a “compassionate” plan to offer 200 Syrians a home. (See http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/leeds-offers-home-to-200-refugees-1-7462798) But is it really enough when there are over 4,000,000 Syrian refugees? And is the task force right when it judges …

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In fighting Islamic State and Assad, Britain cannot forget their victims

According to David Cameron, the aim of British involvement in Iraq and Syria would be to stabilise the area. This of course, in the short term, means the defeat of the Islamic State and a resolution to the conflict in Syria. It appears to be vitally important to our government that this particular area returns to some semblance of calm. …

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Syria Speaks! in Bradford

The critic and novelist Robin Yassin-Kassab said that, in a way, it is less depressing being in Syria or just across the boarder, than over here because individual lives are being revolutionized; every single man, woman and child has an horrifying story to tell but still, people have stayed on, working under very dangerous circumstances giving hope to the future. …

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Leeds to Lebanon, Alice’s story

What would you do if 21 million refugees came to the UK? Now that there are over 1 million Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon the Syrians make up a quarter of the Lebanese population. This didn’t compute with me until I did the maths and realised that would indeed be the equivalent of 21 million refugees coming to the UK …

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Profile on Syria

The Syrian civil war has descended into a humanitarian crisis.  For most of the past three years more than 100 children have died each week.  More than 50% of the country’s population are now reliant on aid from foreign governments.  Lebanon population shows the number of people that have been displaced by the war.  It is now the biggest refugee …

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Over 1,000 people in Leeds say YES to Syrian resettlement

1,132 people have called on Leeds City Council to put itself forward as a place to resettle Syrian refugees. The humanitarian crisis in Syria is one of the most tragic and devastating in recent world history. We welcome the support the UK has already provided in humanitarian aid and the recent Government announcement that the UK plans offer temporary resettlement …

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Syria’s Lost Generation: What hope for children born in war?

Children are the future, a common knowledge. With the conflict in Syria raging on, humans right violations and atrocities continue to be committed on a daily basis. Children have become the most vulnerable victims, with their future lives being dramatically implicated upon. On Wednesday evening I went to a talk organised by Leeds Friends of Syria, LUU Save the Children …

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Leeds Friends of Syria – ‘Give it a Go’ Event

Leeds Friends of Syria, in Thursday 21st November, hosted a ‘Give it a Go’ event to welcome old and new faces to the society. Leeds Friends of Syria is a society, at the University of Leeds, which was founded as a direct response to the violence and human rights violations taking place in Syria. They seek to contribute to international …

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