“The idea of allowing kids to be kids is at the heart of what we do. Our project is about restoring innocence and providing a relief from the terrible conditions in the camp. It is an oasis in a very dry desert… It is about relieving parents, and taking away the stress of their children not receiving an education.
Five years have passed since the Syrian war began. Five years and several other numbers so high they sound almost abstract: 250,000 dead, 1 million wounded, 11 million displaced. These five years of a protracted conflict are the closest thing to a global war the 21st century has seen. What is Resolution 2554, and what are its chances of leading to a successful peace process?
European youths, by all standards, have it pretty good: born decades after the plague of war loosened its grip on the continent, they were bred in an era of relative material comfort, affordable education, and generally a high standard of living. So it’s only more puzzling when some choose to leave behind these comfortable lives for war, martyrdom or cold-blooded mass murder
Say the word “pedophilia” in public and watch the quasi-universal reaction –there is nothing we loathe more, nothing we are more reluctant to talk about than pedophilia. During ten months, VG built a world map of thousands of men who had downloaded, and sometimes paid for, over 430, 000 files showing violent sexual abuse of children.
The horrific events in Paris that left 129 people dead and hundreds more injured could only influence the talks between the world leaders who gathered in Antalya for the G20’s tenth annual meeting, which opened on November 15.
Terrorism wages war on those who refuse to be subordinated to terror and hatred. Hate breeds hate, and fuels violence. We have to be ready to break that cycle. We have to keep our hearts open, even when tears choke our throats and fear threatens to take over our lives.
This year, an estimated 500, 000 migrants have crossed into Greece from Turkey, with Lesbos being the number 1 arrival spot: nearly 330,000 of those immigrants made it there, leading the authorities to confess they are at a loss about what to do.
Why is Russia intervening in Syria? What is at stake for Moscow? When did the Russian intervention in Syria start? Get all the facts straight with this week’s infographic!
In May 2015, news broke that ISIS had gained control of Tadmor, a small desert town perhaps better known as Palmyra, the home of the Middle East’s most beautiful historical sites. While the unsurprising fate of Tadmor’s inhabitants at the hands of Daesh did not cause much of an outcry in the West, the capture of Palmyra ignited fears over what lay ahead for the invaluable 2,000-year-old ruins.
Believe it or not, soldiers or mercenaries working far away from home can behave in “monstrous” ways. That has notably-but not exclusively- to do with them working under a strong sense of discipline and hierarchy which can become stifling and oppressive, in non gender-mixed environment, as well as within a context that lacks an intricate social fabric to give a constructive framework to one’s actions.