It’s late April, and after the best part of 10 years hosting and helping to produce Soccer Aid for Unicef it’s my first trip away to see where and how the money is spent. Together with a small team we flew to Jordan to visit the Za’atari camp, home to 80,000 refugees - over half of them being children, almost all of them having fled war in Syria. Za’atari comes at you from nowhere. Nestled near the Syrian border 42 miles outside the relaxed, sophisticated capital Amman it’s like a different world, although it isn’t what I expected to find. The clichéd images of a wind-torn tented refugee camp we’ve all become used - and desensitised - to were quickly put to bed. It seems to be a busy, safe, organised camp that has almost become its own city. Blink and you’d think it had been there forever, with all the basics structures in place of any town. It has sanitation, healthcare, temporary - but for the most part stable – dwellings, … [Read more...] about Visiting Jordan’s Refugee Camps Showed Me What Soccer Aid Is All About
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News / Dundee by Steven Rae June 1, 2018, 6:05 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A Dundee woman has spoken of the “heart breaking” scenes she witnessed on an aid-giving mission to Lebanon. Sophia Younis, 25, travelled with friend Aishah Anwar, 24, on an international volunteer deployment programme for four days with Action Relief, in partnership with Muslim Aid – both Islamic charities. The pair, who studied at Morgan Academy together, travelled to the Middle Eastern country to hand-deliver food parcels to Syrian and Palestinian refugees. An estimated 2.2 million refugees from Syria are in Lebanon, displaced following the Syrian Civil War. Between 175,000-500,000 Palestinian refugees are thought to be in Lebanon, having left the war-torn region intermittently since the 1948 Palestine war broke out. Sophia, who works part-time in a call centre, said: “The time flew by, even though each day was long and … [Read more...] about Dundee woman recalls ‘humbling’ Lebanon visit to hand out aid to Syrian refugees
How do you organise a successful genocide – in Turkish Armenia a century ago, in Nazi-occupied Europe in the 1940s, or in the Middle East today? A remarkable and newly-published investigation by a young Harvard scholar – focusing on the slaughter of Armenians in a single Turkish Ottoman city 103 years ago – suggests the answer is simple: a genocidal government must have the local support of every branch of respectable society: tax officials, judges, magistrates, junior police officers, clergymen, lawyers, bankers and, most painfully, the neighbours of the victims. Umit Kurt’s detailed paper on the slaughter of the Armenians of Antep in southern Turkey in 1915, which appears in the latest edition of the Journal of Genocide Research, concentrates on the dispossession, rape and murder of just 20,000 of the one and a half million Armenian Christians slaughtered by the Ottoman Turks in the first holocaust of the 20th century. It not only details the series of … [Read more...] about Whether Armenia, the Nazis or Isis – if you’re going to commit genocide, you can’t do it without the help of local people
It was never particularly complicated. All Mohammad El Hindawi wanted for his family was a reprieve from the bedbugs afflicting his children. In the summer of 2015, while dealing with the vermin in their new home of Edmonton, he’d learned through a social worker that Canadians apparently loved camping, and so, as a new Canadian, he thought that perhaps this was something he should try. Camping was a new concept to this refugee born and raised in Hama, Syria, site of the Hama massacre of 1982, when the military rounded up 10,000 or 20,000 or 40,000 people for execution (nobody really knows). His father and uncles were spared, but El Hindawi, who was six then, never shed the trauma and bitterness. His whole life has been a struggle, from his early 20s when he lost his firstborn son to measles, right up until 13 November 2014, the day he boarded a plane and flew to Canada – a country he’d never learned about in public school. His life remained a struggle, because he had … [Read more...] about What is Canada like for a refugee?
The local elections across the North East have dominated the headlines this week, but there has been plenty of other council business you might have missed. From a drop in Northumbria Police’s cash reserves, to £1m in business rates being wiped off by Gateshead Council, we’ve rounded up the best council stories of the week to keep you up-to-date. Read our handy digest below: 1. Polling stations opened in Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland Thousands of people headed to the ballot boxes for the 2018 local elections. A third of the local authority seats in Gateshead, Sunderland, South Tyneside and North Tyneside were contested, with every seat in Newcastle City Council up due to a change in the ward boundaries. For a full roundup, read here: https:// www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/local-election-results-north-east-14613519 2. Police ‘vulnerable’ as reserves plummet Northumbria Police’s general cash reserves … [Read more...] about Elections, drones and refugees: The latest North East council business