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The conflict in Syria: Great Power Politics and Humanitarian Consequences
Description: This NUPI seminar will look at the Syrian conflict from different angles and perspectives – from geopolitical dynamics to humanitarian consequences and views from Syrians who fled the war. Photo: Freedom House/Creative Commons/CC BY 2.0 The conflict in Syria, now in its sixth year, evolved from a revolutionary uprising against the Assad regime in March 2011, to a country-wide insurgency, pitting regime loyalists against fragmented opposition groups and jihadist militants. In parallel to the escalation of conflict within Syria, external actors have been drawn in – including neighbouring countries and regional powers. We have also seen the return of Great Power politics – with Russia propping up the Syrian regime through its bombing campaign, while the West’s approach of arming the moderate opposition has failed. The conflict has precipitated one of the largest and most complex humanitarian disasters since the Second World War. Over 400 000 people have been killed and more than half of the population has been displaced – 6.6 million in Syria and 4.8 million in neighbouring countries. 13.5 million people require humanitarian assistance, including 4.9 million people who are trapped in besieged and hard-to-reach areas. The situation has tested the boundaries of conventional humanitarian action, and revealed some uncomfortable realities about helping civilians in conflict. This NUPI seminar will look at the Syrian conflict from different angles and perspectives – from geopolitical dynamics to humanitarian consequences and views from Syrians who fled the war. What has been the strategy of Russia and the ‘West’ in Syria? What have been the political challenges of negotiating humanitarian access and protecting civilians? How do Syrians look back on the revolution and consider prospects for peace in the country?
  09 Jan 2017   2h32m31s 4 773 0

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Lebanon: Rebuilding lives through physical rehabilitation
Description: “We didn’t hear the sound of the plane. My sister fell somewhere. I stood my ground and so it hit me”, remembers 6 year old Shahed. Her family fled from Syria to Lebanon, where she is now receiving treatment at the ICRC Weapon Traumatology Treatment Centre. Shahed tells her story in our video.
  22 Mar 2017   1m49s 2 15 0
10 Facts You Should Know About Europe's Migrant Crisis
Description: For the one-year anniversary of the EU-Turkey deal which governs how refugees and migrants are moved in and out of Europe, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has released this myth-busting video. Subscribe to the MSF-USA Youtube channel for videos every week on MSF's activities and issues in the field. Watch "He Threw Me the Baby: Refugees Fight to Survive Sea Crossing"
  22 Mar 2017   4m36s 9 96 0
Water Access in the Philippines: Fixing the Institutions that Fix the Pipes
Description: 8 million Filipinos still lack access to clean water. A project in the Philippines is helping to train water suppliers and ensure that service is sustainable in the long-term to close the water access gap in the country. #WorldWaterDay
  22 Mar 2017   2m19s 6 105 0
How can education support peace in Lebanon?
Description: International Alert held a conference in Beirut to discuss the power of education to improve peaceful relations in Lebanon, which is facing growing pressures and tensions because of the Syrian refugee crisis. Watch panellists Rani Zakhia, Education Specialist at UNICEF Lebanon, and our lead Researcher Lana Khattab share some insights from our upcoming report on the links between education and social stability. We also hear from our Middle East and North Africa Programmes Manager Rebecca Crozier. One of the key findings is that non-formal education programmes, particularly community-based initiatives with longer-term funding, are vital to improving relations among and between children and their families.
  23 Mar 2017   1m14s 1 8 0
Armed Groups Occupy Schools in Central African Republic
Description: (Nairobi, March 23, 2017) – Armed groups in the Central African Republic have occupied, looted, and damaged school buildings, preventing children from getting an education, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
  22 Mar 2017   2m44s 10 200 0
Seeds of hope: The story of Luz and Jairo, beekeepers in Colombia
Description: Luz and Jairo tell us their story of how they escaped from a conflict zone to find a new future in beekeeping and farming through the help of Malteser International in Colombia.
  22 Mar 2017   4m13s 2 9 0
Clean water for the Wayuu people of Colombia
Description: La Guajira, Colombia, is home to the indigenous Wayuu people. A humanitarian crisis has resulted from seven years of drought; in 2016, 86 children lost their lives. Today nearly 900 families are severely affected by drought. The Wayuu people are battling to survive: they face food and water shortages, as well as malnutrition. The EU and its humanitarian partners Oxfam and UNICEF are providing access to water and hygiene (WASH) to the Wayuu people. Water provided with EU support is used to clean, cook and to irrigate land for the cultivation of vegetables. Meanwhile, hygiene practice education helps to prevent illnesses such as diarrhoea which increases the risk of malnutrition. Learn more about WASH, and the EU in Colombia. Video by EU/ECHO
  22 Mar 2017   3m10s 4 38 0
Update from Somalia - East Africa Crisis | Islamic Relief UK
Description: Our Deputy Director, Tufail Hussain, is currently in Somalia assessing the critical situation in the country where currently over 6.2 million people urgently need humanitarian aid. Our teams are on the ground responding to the East Africa Crisis in Somalia, as well as in Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan where drought and famine has left over 800,000 children severely malnourished. If we don't act now, the situation will get worse. Don't delay. Donate
  22 Mar 2017   43s 9 92 0
Fatouma's Story - East Africa Crisis | Islamic Relief UK
Description: During his visit to Somalia, Tufail Hussain (Deputy Director, Islamic Relief UK) met Fatouma who heartbreakingly told him her story. She lost her 3 young children due to the severe drought in Somalia. Children are dying from malnutrition across East Africa. If we don't act now, it will get much worse. Don't delay, donate:
  22 Mar 2017   1m40s 7 46 0
This water well helped an entire community in Sierra Leone avoid the Ebola virus
Description: Access to water in Charlotte, Sierra Leone helped the community to avoid Ebola.
  22 Mar 2017   1m12s 1 21 0
South Sudan famine
Description: Caritas is responding to the needs of thousands of people affected by the famine that has been delcared in South Sudan. Food, water, safe shelter and healthcare are all being provided by members of the global Caritas networ, including Trocaire (Caritas Ireland), Caritas South Sudan and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand.
  21 Mar 2017   1m 1 5 0