The crisis in Syria

Since the civil war began there in March 2011, an estimated 100,000 people have been killed, five million have been displaced within Syria and over two million – half of them children – have fled to neighbouring countries. Humanitarian agencies have struggled to reach people in desperate need of assistance in both government- and rebel-controlled areas, hampered by ongoing conflict and government-imposed bureaucratic restrictions. During the almost three years of conflict, 32 Syrian Red Crescent volunteers have been killed and several aid workers have been kidnapped.


A day to honor Syria’s humanitarian workers

Comment | 19 August 2013 | Sara Pantuliano
Aid agencies need to rethink how they calculate the risks to the lives of local aid personnel, and seek to extend the same duty of care to local staff and international aid workers to ensure that as many humanitarian aid workers as possible stay alive when trying to...
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Syria crisis: the humanitarian response

Round-table | 15 June 2012 11:00 - 13:00 GMT+01 (BST)

This closed-door roundtable on the Syria crisis brought together leading humanitarian aid agencies and senior figures with direct experience of humanitarian work in the country. The purpose of the meeting was to examine the response of the international...

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