October 4, 2019

Moria Camp: A Researcher's Reflection

In certain places, just a few kilometers separate the Greek island of Lesvos from the Turkish coast, making it one of the most frequented points of entry into Europe for refugees and migrants. Since 2015, boats have arrived on the island almost daily. Oftentimes, they are dinghies crammed with dozens of people who have risked everything to make the journey to Europe. For the first several years, most of the arrivals to Lesvos were Syrians who were fleeing the ongoing conflict in their homeland, however now most of the boats are filled Afghan, Congolese or Eritrean individuals.

The journey to Greece is incredibly treacherous from start to finish and since 2015, thousands of men, women, and children have drowned attempting it. However, despite this sobering truth, many of the refugees who have made it to Lesvos say the horrors of their journey don’t compare to the “hell” they face every day once they reach the island.

Upon arrival, the vast majority o...

August 15, 2019

Maternal and Women's Health Crisis in Syria

Thousands of pregnant women, infants, and young children continue to flee the bombardments in northwest Syria. Pregnant women are among 1 in 3 displaced families, according to a new World Vision report. Additionally, half of the families interviewed for the report included a breastfeeding woman and a young child.

The magnitude of the violence in Idlib is causing a mass exodus, with more than 450,000 Syrians fleeing the region. Refugees camps in the surrounding areas are becoming increasingly unlivable, and families are being forced to settle in orchards or fields where they lack access to sanitation, running water, healthcare, and security.

For pregnant or breastfeeding women, the situation is even worse. 

Many recent reports from the region detail how women are being forced to give birth under trees, and newborn babies are being subjected to harsh elements without medical care in the days after their birth. “Pregnant and breastfeeding women, al...

August 7, 2019

House Resolution Condemning Attacks on Syrian Hospitals and Medical Personnel Re-Introduced

On May 22nd, 2019, Congressman Brenden F. Boyle (PA-02) and Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) introduced Resolution 395 to the U.S. House of Representatives “condemning the senseless attacks on hospitals and medical personnel in Syria, among other purposes.” Congressman Boyle, Congressman Kinzinger and 32 other Members of Congress also wrote a letter to President Trump urging him to take immediate action to preserve the cease-fire in Northwestern Syria. The resolution itself details how medical facilities continue to be systematically targeted and attacked by the Government forces of Syrian and the Russian Federation.

Resolution 395 calls on all parties involved in the Syrian conflict to cease the attacks, and asks that the U.S. Secretary of State to work with the international community to investigate the regime’s violations of international law. The resolution also requests that the Office of...

June 20, 2019

Hamza al-Yousef lives in the countryside outside the city of Aleppo in Syria with his wife and two young children, and volunteers with the White Helmets.

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