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‘It’s constant upheaval’: what it’s like to be a displaced Syrian refugee

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I was a refugee as a child, towed along by family as we escaped war in Sri Lanka. My memory of the whole ordeal is vague. There were stops that lasted weeks and months, as we were left in limbo in Hong Kong, Tokyo and...

How Russia is using tactics from the Syrian playbook in Ukraine

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The woman in labour stared out from the stretcher, as medics rushed her over a wasteland left by a Russian attack on a maternity hospital. In a different hospital and feeling her baby slipping away, she begged doctors...

Syrian family sue EU border agency over removal from Greece

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Five years to the day after a family of Syrian refugees were bundled on to a plane and deported to Turkey despite having lodged asylum claims in Greece, they are taking their case to the European court of justice. In ...

Captains of Zaatari review – football-mad Syrian refugee kids yearn for escape

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The opening of Ali El Arabi’s documentary is achingly evocative in its quotidian simplicity. Under the last light of the day, a football is kicked into the air. As the camera follows the spinning ball, the comforting ...

Vanuatu strips Syrian businessman of controversial ‘golden passport’ citizenship

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Vanuatu has reportedly revoked the citizenship of a Syrian businessman who was granted approval to receive a Vanuatu passport earlier this year, after a Guardian investigation into the country’s controversial citizens...

Flying high: how a photo of a Syrian father and son led to a new life in Italy

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In January last year, while working on the Turkish-Syrian border, photojournalist Mehmet Aslan photographed a Syrian man, Munzir al-Nazzal, who had lost a leg in a bomb attack. Munzir was playing with Mustafa, his 5-y...

‘My son could die’: the disabled Syrian refugees on the sharp end of UK aid cuts – photo essay

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In January, the British government told its diplomats to start finding 50–70% cuts in aid funding. In March, it was revealed it was slashing aid funding to Syrian refugee projects by a third. Among the many casualties...

UK aid cuts have forced 40,000 Syrian children out of school, charity says

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More than 40,000 Syrian children are out of school as a direct result of British aid cuts and more schools could soon close, a leading charity has said. British funding for 133 schools run by Syria Relief ended on 30 ...

What happened to the Syrian refugees who got stuck in Turkey?

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The first to arrive at Gaziantep’s Irani Bazaar are the bakers, lighting their saj grills before the sun comes up to make Syrian flatbread for the day’s customers. The smell of sesame and fresh unleavened bread fills ...

Syrian exiles forced to prop up regime with fees for avoiding conscription

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Early this year, Yousef, a 32-year-old Syrian living in Sweden, found himself faced with an impossible choice: either enlist in the army of the government that made him a refugee, or risk his family losing their home ...

EU proposal to fund Turkey border control could lead to Syrian refugees’ forced return

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A proposal for the EU to fund controls at Turkey’s eastern border is “really problematic” and could lead to refugees being forced back into Syria, Iran and Iraq, critics have warned. According to a leaked plan seen by...

A joyous Syrian refugee graduates high school – Marlena Waldthausen’s best photograph

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In 2015, one million Syrians arrived in Germany in search of safety. Five years later, I was on a newspaper assignment in Nuremberg, a city to the south of country, documenting the integration of these refugees into G...

Denmark faces legal action over attempts to return Syrian refugees

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Denmark’s attempt to return hundreds of Syrians to Damascus after deeming the city safe will “set a dangerous precedent” for other countries to do the same, say lawyers who are preparing to take the Danish government ...

‘Forgotten’ Syrian interpreter attempts suicide after UK asylum delays

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A Syrian interpreter who has worked for the British government and the White Helmets has tried to kill himself after waiting nearly two years for a decision on his asylum claim. Ali [not his real name] worked as an in...

One-year-old Syrian child dies in forest on Poland-Belarus border

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A one-year-old child from Syria has died in a forest in Poland near the border with Belarus, according to Polish medical workers, becoming the youngest known victim of the crisis on the eastern edge of the European Un...

Tommy Robinson’s ‘lies’ about Syrian schoolboy forced family to flee, court told

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The family of a Syrian schoolboy who was filmed being attacked in a Huddersfield playground had to flee the town after the far-right campaigner Tommy Robinson aired “entirely distorted anti-Muslim” claims about him, a...

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