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In this age of brute militarisation diplomacy may not be dead but it needs revitalised leadership

Dominic MacSorley | 20 April 2018 | 0 Comments

Ahead of a major conference next week on the future of Syria, Concern Worldwide CEO Dominic MacSorley says Ireland's society, energy and history could help influence necessary change.

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Topics: Syrian Refugee Crisis, conflict, Ireland, peace, politics, lebanon

“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

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

Bittersweet Back to School for Syrian children in Turkey

Caoimhe Gaskin | 29 August 2016 | 2 Comments

With the last schoolbook wrapped and the final layer of polish applied to new shoes, it’s finally back to school time for Irish children. It’s an exciting occasion, one that is marked by a mixture of nerves and anticipation for the coming school year. But for many young Syrian refugees in Turkey, the familiar back to school ritual has been replaced with one of protracted frustration and uncertainty for their future.

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Topics: Syrian Refugee Crisis, turkey, education, children of peace

Your support brings hope to Syrians

Maedhbh McDonald | 29 July 2016 | 0 Comments

The conflict in Syria has been raging for over five years, and with no end in sight the humanitarian fallout continues to worsen. However, with your support we have been able to provide aid and assistance to those who need it most. Your support this year has truly helped change lives – and we want to thank you for that.

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Topics: Syrian Refugee Crisis, lebanon, syria

Syrian refugee crisis: update from Lebanon

Daniel Gray | 04 December 2015 | 0 Comments

Syrians in Lebanon are making compromises nobody should have to make, just to survive. Find out how you can help.

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Topics: syria, lebanon, appeal, Syrian Refugee Crisis

The stolen future of Syria’s refugees

Sarah Martin | 16 November 2015 | 2 Comments

Concern Worldwide’s Communications Director, Sarah Martin, has just returned from Lebanon and reports on the conditions for Syrian refugees there.

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Topics: refugees, lebanon, Syrian Refugee Crisis

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