19 year old Fouad Faris carries a Free Syrian Army flag at a protest in Washington, D.C. against the Syrian military’s use of chemical weapons.
Faris fled his hometown of Aleppo, Syria, a year ago and moved in with his aunt and uncle in Shrewsbury, MA. He left behind bombs and tear gas, but also education, friends and family. For the past seven months, he’s been waiting for asylum and a chance to restart his life.
This Forum event will examine the practicalities and decision-making driving the humanitarian response to the unfolding Syrian conflict.
On Wednesday, we’re collaborating with the Harvard School of Public Health for a panel about the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Follow @prihumanneeds for live tweets and links to the live stream.
Nothing Off Limits as Cartoonists Critique Chemical Warfare
The Syrian conflict is not something to joke about. But in the darkness of the actual news there may be some lightness. Middle Eastern cartoonists are injecting humor as a way for people to deal with the war.
Scenes from before the civil war in Syria
The unrest in Syria that swiftly turned into an escalating civil war began in 2011, and with no end in sight, the pre-war country fades further and further into the distance. Now, with the possibility of U.S. military intervention, depending on congressional action and President Obama, take a look at what life was once like in the war-torn country.
Photos: Louai Beshara, Anwar Amro / AFP/Getty Images, Bassem Tellawi, Hussein Malla / Associated Press, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad / Getty Images
Will he or won’t he? The three-way stand-off between Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad. Stay tuned.
People who work with refugees in the US say that the added security checks may mean that the Department of Homeland Security winds up denying asylum to some legitimate candidates. The number of Iraqis resettled out of Syria dropped by more than one-third in the past fiscal year — from 4,578 in FY2010 to 2,959 in FY2011.