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It's Not 'Cool' That My Next-Door Neighbours Are Syrian Refugees

Amanda Buessecker | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Living
Amanda Buessecker

Being a refugee isn't fun, you see. It is not an adventure. It isn't an extended vacation at the expense of another. It is a sacrifice. It is a last resort. They may be safe here, but they wish that their own country wasn't at war. They would rather be there than here. Frankly, it sucks that my new neighbours are Syrian refugees.

The White House Doesn't Need A Stoner In Chief

David Martin | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

If there was ever any doubt about Mr. Johnson's suitability for the office of the president of the United States, that response sealed the deal. If a candidate is that unaware of one of the most basic foreign policy issues of the day, he shouldn't be running for dog catcher, much less president.

'What Is Aleppo?' Reminds Us Of The War The World Forgot

Adrienne Martin | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Adrienne Martin

In the five years since the uprising-turned-civil-war, the Syrian conflict has become the "biggest humanitarian crisis of our time." The United Nations estimates more than 250,000 people have been killed (this figure is widely disputed among various international organizations), while another 6.6. million have been internally displaced.

Child Suicide Attempts Have Increased In Syrian Town: Charity

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada

"We don’t need sympathy, we need help in this crisis."

Little Has Changed Since Alan Kurdi's Death, His Father Says

The Associated Press | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada

"Politicians said after the death of my family: never again!''

Remembering Alan Kurdi In My Own Way

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Today, the world remembers a child who never had the chance to seize life at all. His name was Alan Kurdi. You'll recall him as the little Syrian boy who, was found dead on a beach in Turkey the morning of September 2, 2015. He had stepped into a crowded inflatable boat with his family the night before, in a desperate attempt to each Europe in safety. Alan's death rocked people everywhere -- from families in their homes to leaders in the halls of power. When children like Alan reached out for help, we didn't reach back.

Month-Old Syrian Conjoined Twins Die Waiting For Heart Surgery

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada

Nawras and Moaz Hashash were supposed to head to Rome.

There's Little Hope For Families Trapped In Aleppo

Islamic Relief Canada | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Islamic Relief Canada

The relentless bombardment on innocent civilians continue with casualties, death and destruction occurring every second. But this is just an ordinary day in Aleppo where simply every place is a target -- mosques, morgues, markets, bakeries, hospitals, ambulances, fire trucks, with absolutely nowhere safe for people to go.

Haunting Image Of Boy In Ambulance Shows Reality Of Syria's War

CP | By Zeina Karam And Philip Issa, The Associated Press | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada

The boy was rescued from the rubble after a devastating airstrike.

My Day Spent Among Syrian Refugees Was A Humbling Experience

UNICEF Canada | Posted 08.09.2016 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

I came to the camp not knowing what to expect and so worried about what I would see and feel. Instead, I left with feelings of hope, pride and sadness, and many lessons and gifts of the heart that I will forever cherish.

Social Media Has Made Public Opinion A Meaner, Dumber Place

David Martin | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Living
David Martin

They say that Twitter has created a powerful new way for everyone to engage in political dialogue. I'm not so sure it's a good thing. One has only to look at the dysfunctional American political environment, the rise of Donald Trump and the decline of the European Union to see that the inmates take over the asylum.

Je Suis Humanity

Jari Qudrat | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Living
Jari Qudrat

If our social media profiles can tint in support of Paris, Belgium, and Orlando, then why not change for Turkey, Bangladesh, and Iraq? Innocent lives taken in Turkey airport, and no vigils, or landmarks, but when an attack of similar degree took place in Brussels we did all of the above. I'm often asked why Muslims don't speak out enough, but perhaps this is something we all need to work on.

Love In A Time Of Terror

Hadani Ditmars | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Hadani Ditmars

The Western world was not a safe place recently. At least not on most major news channels. The familiar became menacing: dancing at a nightclub with ...

I Think I Am Muslim, Therefore I Am

Jari Qudrat | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Jari Qudrat

Is it too much to ask in the 21st century to self-identify based on the beliefs you hold so dearly? After all, who has the right to tell me who I am and who I'm not? Apparently the Pakistani government does, who have declared the Ahmadiyya community "infidel" and non-Muslim since the infamous ruling in 1974.

Rwandan Genocide Is Being Repeated Right Now In Syria: Dallaire

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Politics

The retired general says the world needs a peace agreement with teeth.

Breaking The Cycle Of Crisis For Children

David Morley | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Impact
David Morley

The Syrian conflict, now in its sixth year, has contributed to the highest level of human suffering the world has seen since World War II. In Za'atari, I met just a few of the 37 million children of primary and lower-secondary age who are out of school in crisis-affected countries. The impact of those numbers is far-reaching and leaves children in a cycle of crisis.

The Thin Red Line: Family Planning In Fragile Places

World Vision | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

Pregnancy during war, natural disaster, or economic collapse isn't simply a time of joy and wonder; it's often tainted with anxiety and fear. For these women, it's more like nine months of holding the thin red line of courage against almost impossible odds. The strength and resilience needed to do this is astounding.

Protect Water Resources From Becoming A Weapon Of War

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

International law has decreed that denying civilians access to the basic necessities of life is a war crime. Yet according to experts we spoke with, there is still too little global awareness and action to protect vital water resources in war zones.

U Of T Startup Helps Newcomers Navigate Canadian Health Care

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Impact
University of Toronto News

After living amid the Syrian refugee crisis in Turkey for a year after graduating from the University of Toronto, Nouhaila Chelkhaoui knew she wanted to help make a positive impact on the lives of newcomers. Her return to Toronto gave her the opportunity to do just that, as she joined U of T startup iamsick's newest initiative, which helps refugees navigate Canada's complex healthcare system.

Justice Is The Foundation For Everlasting Peace

Jari Qudrat | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Jari Qudrat

"Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere." These words of Martin Luther King Jr. accurately describe the world crisis we live in today. To avoid war and attacks as such, all nations must come together for the greater good and unite in their efforts to stop all forms of cruelty, persecution and injustice perpetrated in the name of religion or else wise.

A Box Of Syrian Children's Hopes And Dreams

Conrad Sauvé | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Impact
Conrad Sauvé

Many moments will stand out when I remember my trip through war-torn Syria, neighbouring Lebanon, and Turkey. But the gift of a little box crammed with children's dreams is a memory that will certainly stay with me. That's because the red and white box filled with poignant pencil sketches says so much about this five-year-old conflict.

These Snapshots From Syria Tell Stories Of Suffering - And Hope

Conrad Sauvé | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Conrad Sauvé

Collapsed buildings are everywhere. Families huddle in the ruins, while aid groups struggle to keep up with people's basic needs for food, water, medical care and shelter. I can see humanitarian aid is helping, but it is never a long-term solution. So much more is needed.

The Syrian Refugee Crisis Told Through The Eyes Of An 8-Year-Old

CP | Khaled Kazziha And Vadim Ghirda, The Associated Press | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada

The events in her life over the past 18 months have left her in little mood for fun.

How Canada Is Helping Preserve The Future For A Generation Of Syrian Children

World Vision | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

This week marks five years since the start of the Syrian conflict. The war has inflicted a devastating toll on millions of desperate Syrian families, resulting in a humanitarian crisis that has rippled throughout the region. More than 4.3 million Syrian refugees are now trying to piece their lives back together in neighbouring countries. That's where the No Lost Generation project comes in. It's a global initiative, supported by donor countries and non-governmental organizations, to help save the future of displaced Syrian children. The goal is to provide safe education and psycho-social support which includes protecting children from exploitation, abuse and violence.

Humanitarian Aid Isn't A Long-Term Solution For Syria

Conrad Sauvé | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Impact
Conrad Sauvé

Home is a tent divided in two for Um Yasmine and her five children. The Syrian widow fled to a dusty field in Lebanon three years ago, as war piled up bodies around her beloved city of Homs. Now, a bedsheet hangs down the middle of her crowded tent shared with another refugee family. Um Yasmine is so tired of this makeshift life. She just wants to go home.