Syria

5 years of war in Syria: The voice of our partners

The #withsyria movement, which is a coalition of organizations worldwide that includes Development and Peace, wants as many people as possible show their solidarity with the people of Syria today.

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Bringing Syrians together to build peace from the ground up

Is building peace like building a house? The new peace-building organization House of Peace believes that the answer is yes! 

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There are 2.8 million Syrian refugees and each has a face and a name

June 20, 2014
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Kelly Di Domenico
Yahia Khaled is a Syrian refugee in Jordan.

The conflict in Syria has been ongoing for over three years now, and it has forced 2.8 million to flee the country. It is a shocking number that makes us take a moment to reflect on the sheer number of people who have abandoned their homes to escape the violence. Yet such a large number can make us lose sight that it represents 2.8 million individuals, each with a name and a story, each who had a home and a history that was all left behind with only bits and pieces carried away in a suitcase.

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Syria: Development and Peace partner wins award for its work

April 4, 2014
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Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

Each year, Pax Christi International, a global Catholic peace movement and network that works to help establish peace, respect for human rights, justice and reconciliation in areas of the world that are torn by conflict, gives out the Pax Christi International Peace Award to honour an individual or organization taking a stand for peace in the world today.

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Syria: Three years of crisis

March 14, 2014
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Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

March 15th marks three years since Syria entered into a civil war that has had devastating impacts on the Syrian population and enormous repercussions on the entire region of the Middle East. This crisis shows few signs of abating, and the humanitarian needs continue to rise with each passing day that this crisis endures.

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Aleppo office of Caritas Syria miraculously survives rocket attack

Staff of the Caritas centre in Aleppo miraculously just missed the attack.

The need for peace in Syria hit very close to home on Wednesday, when a Caritas Syria centre in Aleppo received a direct hit from a rocket at 4 p.m. Miraculously, the centre was empty and no one was injured in the attack. The centre’s office, however, sustained significant damage.

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Syria Crisis: Education offers hope to refugees

December 2, 2013
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Guy Des Aulniers, Programs Officer for Syria

Laith Eskander is drinking his coffee. I am too. We need it! It must be only 10 C in the schoolyard of the Rome Catholic School in Amman, Jordan, where we are standing. Yet, the cold hasn’t stopped over 200 young adults from trickling into the yard to wait for their night classes to start. Most are Syrian, but there are also Iraqis, Sudanese, Somalis, Sri Lankans, Indonesians and others, I’m sure. They have come to learn either English or computer programming. The teachers have similar origins, but there are also British and American volunteers.

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Syria Crisis: Caritas Centre providing essential needs to Syrian refugees in Jordan

November 25, 2013
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Guy Des Aulniers, Programs Officer for Syria

When I arrived at the Caritas Centre in Irbid, Jordan, there was a queue of about a hundred people waiting to register. Most are Syrians who have fled the civil war in their country, but there are also Palestinians forced to evacuate their refugee camp in Syria’s capital Damascus due to bombings. Why are so many waiting in line?

On the frontline of the Syrian refugee crisis

September 26, 2013
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Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

Caritas Lebanon, with support from Development and Peace and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), is providing much-needed medical services to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The organisation is running health clinics that provide services to refugees who do not live in camps, an oft-forgotten group, as well as to other vulnerable groups in Lebanon, such as host families, whose resources are strained by the added members to their household.

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Bread of life

September 13, 2013
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Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

The conflict in Syria has intensified over the last few months. With increased violence, people are continuing to flee the country. However, there are those who can’t leave and as such, they must cope with ever-worsening and arduous conditions. There are now 4.5 million people within the country who are displaced, which is the equivalent of about 20% of the population. In addition, ongoing hostilities have destroyed infrastructure and left cities isolated and without basic necessities – including food. What little is left, is unaffordable for much of the population.

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