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The Lost Men of Syria at Saatchi Gallery
Jul12

The Lost Men of Syria at Saatchi Gallery

Syria’s grim humanitarian crisis finds yet another sombre expression in The Lost Men of Syria exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, opening 19 July, writes Eastern Art Report arts newsdesk. Photographer Edward Jonkler’s work examines the role of men in refugee camps, and the shifting power dynamics that can often lead to acts of radicalisation and mental illness, with once patriarchal figures becoming “lost’. Fleeing violence...

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Amidst war wounded, Syria’s cancer sufferers risk being forgotten
Apr18

Amidst war wounded, Syria’s cancer sufferers risk being forgotten

Syria’s numerous hospital patients are an almost forgotten casualty of the conflict. The World Health Organisation says it is hoping to get to some of them, in particular cancer patients in health facilities not already targeted in the war. WHO cites the experience of 12-year old Khedr from Aleppo Governorate, who was diagnosed with fibrosarcoma, a tumour in the connective fibrous tissue affecting bones and muscles, in January...

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Syria’s tragedy and the story so far
Jan31

Syria’s tragedy and the story so far

Europe, not just the European Union, continues to blunder through policy and practice vis à vis Syria and its refugees as the turmoil in the country continues and the death toll mostly of the innocent mounts daily. And now there’s President Donald Trump of the United States, and the future for Syria, the Middle East and indeed the whole of Europe and the West looks uncertain. Amidst these multiple imponderables comes a new book from a...

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The missing accountability in attacks on Syria civilians
May12

The missing accountability in attacks on Syria civilians

Accountability remains elusive in attacks on civilians in Syria, says the UN. Strongly condemning recent attacks on civilians, hospitals and clinics, and camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Syria, a United Nations-mandated human rights inquiry called [11 May 2016] on all parties to cease the unlawful attacks and return to a full cessation of hostilities. “These incidents demonstrate the undeniable fact that this conflict...

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But is EU listening? Greece-Turkey refugee transfers beset by gross violations
Apr15

But is EU listening? Greece-Turkey refugee transfers beset by gross violations

Arbitrary transfers of refugees and migrants from Greece to Turkey need to be stopped amid the growing fears of human rights violations, but whether European Union leaders are heeding calls for reform isn’t at all clear. The deportations of refugees and migrants from Greece to Turkey must be halted immediately and people wanting to seek asylum should not be kept in detention, said Oxfam, Norwegian Refugee Council and...

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