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Syrian women demand peace, as hope crumbles along with quake-struck buildings

The women of earthquake and war-ravaged northwest Syria all have the same message for the international community: help establish peace and restore some sense of hope for the future.

That’s according to Laila Baker from the UN sexual and reproductive health agency UNFPA, who has been telling UN News what she’s seen and heard on the ground in Syria, in the past nine days of frantic relief efforts to save lives following the disaster.


News in Brief 18 January 2023

  • Ukraine war: no chance for serious peace negotiations yet, say UN chief
  • Middle East gripped by cycle of violence, Security Council hears
  • Small Island Developing States accelerate action to tackle preventable disease threat: WHO
The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, is appealing for urgent support for families forced to flee as they head into a grim winter.
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Displaced families face winter hardships, UN refugee agency warns

Millions of people displaced by conflict or persecution from Ukraine, Afghanistan and across the Middle East could face a perilous winter as freezing temperatures add to the misery already that they are already suffering from spiralling prices, the lingering impact of COVID-19 and extreme weather linked to the climate crisis, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Friday.