The diaspora groups bringing aid to Syria: ‘This isn’t a job, it’s now our life’

Inside Syria, 75% of aid is now arriving through local networks supported by diaspora groups. Among the leaders of this new humanitarian wave is British doctor Rola Hallam of Hand in Hand for Syria

When Rola Hallam arrived in the UK at 13 from Syria, speaking no English and knowing nothing of British culture, she felt like she’d landed on a different planet. Her gynaecologist father had accepted a job at a British hospital, and the whole family relocated, pitching head first into 1980s Cambridgeshire.

“I felt like I was wearing really weird clothes,” she remembers. “It was very white middle class.” Thrown into an English school, Rola showed her mettle: nailing her GSCEs within two years while also learning English, landing a place at medical school and becoming a consultant doctor with her beloved NHS.

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UN General Assembly High-level Meeting to Address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants – Apply for Civil Society Steering Committee

On 19 September 2016, the UN General Assembly will host a High-level Meeting at UN Headquarters in New York to address large movements of refugees and migrants, with the aim of bringing countries together behind a more humane and coordinated approach. UN Member State consultations are underway to finalize the organizational arrangements, including on a possible outcome, for this High-level Meeting of the General Assembly.

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Migranti, Mattarella: “Salvarli è un dovere morale”

Il presidente della Repubblica al Consiglio dei Governatori dell’Ifad: “Ma serve uno sviluppo equo e sostenibile”.Salvare le vite dei migranti “è un dovere morale” di ogni società libera e democratica” e l’Italia “onora orgogliosamente” questo impegno. Sergio Mattarella, intervenendo alla 39/a sessione del  Consiglio dei Governatori dell’Ifad, il Fondo Internazionale per lo Sviluppo Agricolo

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