Syrian Civil War

Syrian Girl, 7, Tweets She Is 'Between Death and Life' In Aleppo

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada

Bana Alabed was tweeting as Syrian troops captured former rebel-held areas of Aleppo.

School In A Cave Gives Syrian Children A Safe Learning Environment

UNICEF Canada | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

Almost all of the children who study at this school have fled violence in northern rural Hama over a year ago, and sought refuge in caves and tents that are spread along this rural area. Last year, some of the children living in rural Idleb had an opportunity to catch up on the education they have missed.

Prolonged Siege In Madaya Is Pushing Syrians To The Brink

UNICEF Canada | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

Driving towards Madaya in a convoy that snaked along the Damascus highway for hundreds of metres, a huge knot formed in the pit of my stomach. Not knowing what we would find there, and remembering the harrowing images of emaciated children pleading with their eyes for some respite from this siege, it was hard not to be worried.

Syria's War Rages On Year After Alan Kurdi's Death

CP | Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada British Columbia

The two-year-old Syrian boy was immortalized in a chilling photograph that captured the world's attention.

Unaccompanied Children Fleeing Disaster Deserve Protection

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Picture calling your child aside for a private conversation. Look into their eyes, and take a big breath. Now imagine asking your child to leave. Not for a few days, and not to visit Grandma. Ask your son or daughter to walk until they find food or work. Just keep walking, even if it takes days, weeks or months.

We Have A Responsibility To Prevent And Protect Against Genocide

Irwin Cotler | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

The horror of the killing fields in Rwanda gave rise to the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine. In a word, if such mass atrocity crimes are being committed, and the state where these crimes are occurring is unwilling or unable to act -- or worse, is the author of such international crimes -- the Responsibility to Protect arises.

Innovative Programs Help Syrian Refugees Face Uncertain Future

David Morley | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Impact
David Morley

The Makani Centre sits in front of one of the only green spaces in Baqaa. Makani Centres are UNICEF-support initiatives to expand learning opportunities for vulnerable children in Jordan. Here in Baqaa it is a hive of activity for those Syrian children who cannot go to school.

Political Leadership Is Necessary To Prevent And End Global Conflicts

Development Unplugged | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Development Unplugged

Going into the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) in Istanbul, there are good reasons why conflict and violence remain high on the agenda, but these reasons are not new. Conflicts and violence exact a brutal toll on people and affected communities as tragic civilian deaths, injuries, rape and torture become a daily experience

In Syria's Shadow, Millions Suffer In Forgotten Conflicts

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The conflict in Syria remains the deadliest in the world today, with almost 70,000 killed since the start of 2015. However, it's not the only war costing thousands of lives. Entering its second year, Yemen's civil war has seen more than 8,000 civilian casualties.

Putin Orders Start Of Russian Military Pullout From Syria

CP | Vladimir Isachenkov And Jamey Keaten, The Associated Press | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada

Putin said the move should help serve as a stimulus for Syria's political talks.

Try Comparing Your Canadian Classroom With This Syrian One

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

This week, World Vision released a video showing what it might be like to have your classroom torn apart by war. In about two minutes, Life As a Classroom shows the destruction of once-friendly schoolroom over Syria's five-year conflict. As the video opens we see the teacher energetically teaching from the front. The walls are covered with colourful posters and a map of the world. All is peaceful. All is as it should be. Suddenly we hear the chanting of political protests in the street outside. Teacher and students move to the windows to look out. That's when things begin to change.

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."

What's Your Role In Welcoming Syrian Newcomers?

World Vision | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

The first planes filled with Syrian refugees are touching down in Canada this week. We will no longer just be following their heartbreaking stories from a distance. Some of the people caught in this devastating conflict, people who have been so hotly debated about in the media, in workplaces, and around dinner tables, will now have a new home and a new life here in Canada. In order for this transition to happen, the Canadian newcomers will need much more than roofs over their heads and three square meals a day. It's absolutely essential that they feel welcome and supported.

How to Really Help Syrian Refugees and Those in Need

Jason Najum | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada
Jason Najum

Yes the Syrian refugees that briefly broke our hearts are real people living a nightmare, but let's see even more, let us "think with history". Their situation, as any situation, was borne of consequence. They are a living mass of real life repercussions.

Islamic State Destroys Ancient Arch In Palmyra: Activists

CP | Sarah El-Deeb, The Associated Press | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada

The monumental arch sat atop the famed colonnaded streets of the ancient city, which linked the Roman Empire to Persia and the East.

Syrian Man Dies Waiting For Quebec Son's Sponsorship Efforts

CBC | CBC | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada

Bassam Katbe and his siblings left Syria nearly two decades ago, but their parents stayed because they were settled there and, at the time, the situation was relatively stable.

Jean Chretien: Putin's Help In Syria Should Be Welcomed By Canada

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.01.2016 | Canada Politics

The former prime minister says Russia's involvement in the Middle Eastern conflict would spark controversy but that the West would do well to accept the support.

Obama And Putin: More Awkward Moments, Few Syria Breakthroughs

CP | Julie Pace, The Associated Press | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada

On the status of embattled leader Bashar Assad — Obama and Putin left their discussions Monday exactly where they started.

Canada Pledges More Humanitarian Aid For Victims Of Conflict In Syria

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Politics

The federal government will match "eligible" Canadian donations up to $100 million under the Syrian Emergency Relief Fund.

Canada Must Take Strong Action to Help Save Syrian Children

Michael Messenger | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Impact
Michael Messenger

I am unwilling to shake off the horror of seeing Alan Kurdi lying face down on the beach. If it were just one child, just one death, the story would still be heartbreaking. But the outraged conversations across Canada have quickly expanded to include Canada's wider response to this terrible conflict.

We Are All Responsible for the Safe Passage of Syrian Refugees

Patti Lenard | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Patti Lenard

Alan Kurdi's image has captivated the world's attention and focused it on the ways in which those with the ability to rescue desperate people have failed to do so, to staggeringly horrific effect. It has focused Canada's attention, because whether or not he had hoped to join his family in Canada, he certainly has Canadian family that cared for him deeply. But Canada's government is not alone in being blameworthy; rather, it is in good company.

Let's Use the Syrian Refugee Crisis to Reconnect Politics With Purpose

Reva Seth | Posted 09.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Reva Seth

It's something the majority of Canadians intuitively feel: politics and politicians no longer seem like a channel for change or action, and so we tune them out. People and even partisans are disconnected from purpose beyond the election cycle. But in an election framed on change, maybe there's an opportunity here to reconnect politics and purpose.

The Syrians Who Won't Be at This Week's Peace Talks

Tanya Penny | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Tanya Penny

As long-awaited Syria peace talks begin this week, World Vision's Tanya Penny will be watching closely. She has been living alongside Syrian refugees in Jordan for the past two months, telling their stories with words and photographs. Here, Tanya describes the heartbreak that even the camera can't capture.

Re-Election?

CP | Bassem Mroue, The Associated Press | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada

BEIRUT - Syrian President Bashar Assad said it's still too early to say whether he'll run for re-election next year, but that he would refrain from se...

Putin's Op Ed Flips Obama the Bird, Tells Americans Not to Feel Special

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada
Mitch Wolfe

The thuggish Putin thinks that Obama and the U.S. are so weakened, that he had the chutzpah to pen a highly critical Op Ed Piece in the New York Times, criticizing, among other things, America's view of itself as exceptional and unique. And criticizing hypocritically the U.S. for contemplating a military action, when Russia has been supplying arms to Assad to assist his regime in killing and gassing 100,000 of his own people. According to liberal CNN on Wednesday night, all the panellists agreed that Putin's Op Ed piece in the New York Times, was Putin's way of flipping the bird to Obama and the American people. This is what happens to the U.S. when its President leads from behind, or worse.