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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.

Why I'm Travelling To Conflict Zones In Syria And Beyond

Conrad Sauvé | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Impact
Conrad Sauvé

A desperate Syrian mother in a refugee camp tried to give me her sick little girl on my last visit to the region's conflict zones and neighbouring countries filled with fleeing people. She wanted me to take her child back to Canada for medical care. That day, I saw misery and despair that no one should bear.

Althia Raj

Canada Aid Could End Up Helping ISIS Fighters, Acknowledges Minister

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada Politics

"It is very important that we let these organizations work in a complete independent manner and not link it to our military action," said Marie-Claude Bibeau.

The Qualified Welcoming of Syrian Refugees

Maria Calleja | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Maria Calleja

The responses of individuals and countries to the Syrian Refugee Crisis has been a bit of an informal test on the level of humanity within individuals and nations. Even though outwardly Canada seems to have embraced the incoming refugees, I think some people have forgotten the compassion and despair that was felt when the image of Alan Kurdi's lifeless body, was seared into our collective unconscious.

Syria Says Foreign Troops Would 'Return Home In Wooden Coffins'

CP | Albert Aji And Karin Laub, The Associated Press | Posted 02.06.2016 | Canada

"Any ground intervention in Syria, without the consent of the Syrian government, will be considered an aggression that should be resisted by every Syrian citizen."

Tips For Success From A Refugee Turned Entrepreneur

Lyda Mclallen | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Business
Lyda Mclallen

The most important message I could share from my experience growing up and coming over to Canada is that being a refugee doesn't last a lifetime. It's an experience that lasts but a few short years and opens the door to a life full of opportunities to learn, grow and succeed.

How We Can Support Syria And The Region In 2016

Kevin McGurgan | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Kevin McGurgan

2016 is a critical year for Syria, 15 March will mark the fifth anniversary of the Syrian civil war. It is in all our interests, but especially the people of Syria, that 2016 is the year when we see a turning-point in this crisis. The UK will continue to play a leading role in international efforts to end the suffering of Syrians.

Embracing 'Radical' Christianity Can Defeat The Islamic State

Robert D. Onley | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Robert D. Onley

"Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you." This verse, objectively radical given its relevance today, is particularly applicable in the context of terrorist violence, where strangers are willing to viciously stab, shoot and murder total strangers. One need only think back to the Paris attacks and ask: how can such hatred be justified?