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“Hell on earth”: The impact of seven years of war in Syria

Clare Ahern | 15 March 2018 | 0 Comments

Today marks seven years of war in Syria. In our video interview, Concern’s Regional Director for the Middle East, Brid Kennedy, discusses the catastrophic impact this conflict has had on the lives of Syrian people.

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Topics: Syrian Crisis, syria, Syrian Refugee Crisis, refugees, lebanon, turkey

Bridging the digital divide: technology for refugees

Ellen Ward | 02 March 2018 | 0 Comments

So much of the technology we use today is taken for granted: the laptop provided to us by our employer, the smartphone given to us at Christmas and the tablets our children play on. But not all people have these devices available and an inequality, often called 'the Digital Divide', persists around the globe. Last year, Concern applied for a grant funded by Google which focused on putting digital devices into the hands of those who need them the most.

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Topics: technology, innovation, innovations, education, Syrian Crisis, Syrian Refugee Crisis, refugees

Awoken by gunfire: A Syrian father’s perilous journey from war to safety in Lebanon

Kevin Jenkinson | 24 August 2017 | 0 Comments

None of us ever expect to be woken-up suddenly by the sound of bombs and gunfire – but that is the horror that has forced many Syrian families to rapidly leave their homes to flee the inhuman indifference of war.

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Topics: Syrian Crisis, Syrian Refugee Crisis, lebanon, Refugee Crisis

Your donations have provided emergency vouchers

Maedhbh McDonald | 01 August 2017 | 0 Comments

Thanks to your generous support, we've helped Syrian refugees in Turkey to live with dignity and to rebuild a future for themselves and their children.

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Topics: Syrian Crisis, turkey

Meeting basic shelter needs in Lebanon

Aoife O'Grady | 26 April 2017 | 1 Comment

Imagine that a conflict has forced you and your family from your home and into a foreign country. What is the first thing you do? You try to find safe shelter. Concern and ECHO, the European Commission’s humanitarian aid department, are working together to ensure that Syrian families in Lebanon have a space where they can live in safety and with dignity.

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Topics: lebanon, syria, Syrian Crisis, ECHO

Voices from Lebanon: “Thank you for not giving up on my son”

Aoife O'Grady | 25 April 2017 | 0 Comments

Concern and ECHO, the European Commission’s humanitarian aid department, are working together to ensure that Syrian children like Kareem* have the opportunity to learn and develop to their full potential.

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Topics: lebanon, ECHO, Syrian Crisis

Shattered Lives: protecting civilians in war-torn Syria

Sadhbh Goodhue | 08 March 2017 | 0 Comments

“We were very scared,” remembers Sameh as she recounts the night her husband Jalal was killed. “I asked him to go see what was happening outside on the street.”

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Topics: syria, Syrian Crisis, refugees

Six years of war, six shattered lives: photo story

Sadhbh Goodhue | 08 March 2017 | 0 Comments

As the sixth anniversary of the devastating Syrian war approaches, we examine the impact of war on ordinary civilian lives.

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Topics: syria, Syrian Crisis, syria 6

US refugee ban is about cynical politics not security

Dominic MacSorley | 03 February 2017 | 0 Comments

Concern CEO Dominic MacSorley reflects on impact of refugee ban imposed by Trump's administration, and the alarmingly similar approaches emerging in Europe and elsewhere.  

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Topics: refugee, Syrian Crisis, syria, Syrian Refugee Crisis

Bridging the gap: helping Syrian children in Turkey return to school

Sadhbh Goodhue | 02 February 2017 | 0 Comments

Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugee children in Turkey are not enrolled in the formal education system. With the support of the European Union, we have opened six new informal education centres in south eastern Turkey to help out-of-school children catch up.  

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Topics: Syrian Crisis, refugees, turkey, education, ECHO

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