Ending Syria’s war is our collective responsibility, UN chief tells donor conference

Ending the war in Syria is the collective responsibility of the international community, UN Secretary-General António Guterres reaffirmed during a major pledging event on Tuesday which raised $6.4 billion to support people affected by the  conflict.

News in Brief 30 March 2021

  • Grave concern for women and children targeted in northern Mozambique 
  • Syrians’ struggle is getting worse, not better, says UN’s Guterres  
  • World leaders call for new international treaty to improve pandemic response 
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Syria’s decade of ‘death, destruction, displacement, disease, dread and despair’

Now is not the moment to reduce humanitarian aid to Syria, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council on Monday, stressing that after 10 years of conflict, more support was needed to avoid further “dramatic and widespread” deterioration. 

News in Brief 29 March 2021

  • Myanmar: condemnation for military’s ‘shameful, cowardly’ attacks on protesters
  • $10 billion Syria appeal looks to fulfil emergency and long-term needs
  • Stricken Suez ship afloat, but will cause 40 per cent hit on cargo volumes from Asia to Europe
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‘No respite’ for civilians in Syria, UN officials urge international support

Senior United Nations officials have called on the international community to step up funding for relief programmes supporting millions of people in Syria and the region, who depend on the life-saving assistance and livelihood support after a decade of brutal conflict. 

News in Brief 23 March 2021

  • UN rushes to help Cox’s Bazar refugees following massive blaze  
  • UN condemns deadly shelling of Syrian children and hospital workers 
  • Inventions boom in ‘assistive tech’ offers wider benefits for all 
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Syria’s decade of conflict takes massive toll on women and girls

This week, Syria marks a grim anniversary: 10 years since the start of the country’s grinding conflict. Today, one decade into the catastrophe, about half the country’s population has been uprooted, with some 12 million people internally displaced or living as refugees.  

Syria: Grim 10-year anniversary of ‘unimaginable violence and indignities’ 

As the Syrian war reaches its grim decade-long milestone, the UN envoy for the country told the Security Council on Monday that it will “go down as one of the darkest chapters in recent history” referring to the Syrian people as among “the greatest victims of this century”. 

FROM THE FIELD: Syrian photographers find hope despite 10 years of civil war

The pain and deprivation of individual Syrians and the widespread destruction, a decade of conflict has wrought on Syria, has been documented in a series of images taken by 16 photographers working in the country.

News in Brief 15 March 2021

  • Myanmar crisis: UN Special Envoy condemns ‘ongoing brutality’ 
  • Bachelet: South Sudan must hold supporters of community militias accountable 
  • Voices from Syria reflect on a decade of fighting and hopes for a peaceful future 
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