Filippo Grandi – UN High Commissioner for Refugees – calls for greater international efforts to end world’s worst humanitarian crisis on visit to Syrian refugees in the region’s largest refugee camp – Za’atari.
“It is essential that the international community and all actors that have an influence on the parties to the conflict – and the parties to the conflict themselves, first and foremost – exercise greater efforts towards peace,” he told a news conference.
“If a settlement of the conflict is not found, this crisis will not end and we will continue year after year to ask the international community for huge amounts of money to support refugees that – until there is peace – will not want to go back.”
Smuggled by truck and squeezed into a car trunk, 13-year-old Allahyar and four Afghan boys fled the Taliban in Afghanistan, traveling through Pakistan and Iran to Turkey. “The journey is difficult”, he says, now in Serbia after a treacherous sea crossing , “but we have no choice.”
After explosions rock their home in Kobane Syria, a young family set out on a perilous journey in search of safety in northern Europe.
“Our life was destroyed. We saw many people slaughtered in front of our eyes. We don’t dare go back,” Naleen said, huddled under a tree.
Dara and Naleen were among the thousands who fled Kobane, the Kurdish village on Syria’s border with Turkey, which was overrun by militants.
It was on the beach of the small fishing village of Skala Sikaminias, under the light of the Church of the Mermaid Madonna that we first met Dara and Naleen and their family. Like so many others, they had nothing but their mobile phones, some money, a bag for the children and the clothes on their backs.
A second convoy of aid has left the Syrian capital Damascus for the town of Madaya which is under the control of foreign-backed militants.
Fifty trucks carrying international aid have left the capital Damascus for the town where more than two dozen people are reported to have starved to death.
The first shipment was sent earlier this week. Aid organizations say the situation in Madaya is extremely dire.
Aid convoys have also been dispatched to the towns of Fu’ah and Kafriya in Idlib countryside which are besieged by the militants.
Trucks of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN are now on the edges of the towns waiting for the green light to enter.
According to UN estimates, more than four-and-a-half million Syrians, living in besieged or hard-to-reach areas, are in desperate need of humanitarian aid and medical supplies to survive.
Em entrevista concedida em 19/11/2015, a jornalista Adriana Carranca fala do drama dos refugiados; da guerra civil na Síria; da atuação do grupo Estado Islâmico; do protagonismo das mulheres nos países em guerra; das jornalistas em áreas de conflito; das mudanças religiosas e étnicas nos países que recebem os refugiados; dentre outros.
You’ve no doubt seen or heard the stories by now: Thousands of migrants, seeking refuge from conflicts, oppression and poverty in many parts of the world, paying smugglers and often meeting a tragic end at sea.
Refugee crises have emerged in places as far-flung as Southeast Asia – where Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims are seeking better fortunes abroad – and in the Mediterranean Sea. In fact, some groups say that the world is now in the midst of the worst refugee crisis to emerge since the end of World War II.
The waves of migrants who have been displaced by conflicts in the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa pose a particularly difficult challenge for the European Union – where political bonds have been frayed by the ongoing economic crisis.