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August 1st, 2020

Why Economic Sanctions on Syria Must Stop

  The conflict that has been raging in Syria for nine years has caused an unbearable level of suffering for all the people in the country. We are pleased to partner with EPDC, (St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee), the Syrian Orthodox Church’s Development work in the country, and specifically with one of their projects in Maaloula, as well as providing general relief in the harsh winters. ...

July 31st, 2020

The Work of EPDC and My Experiences Volunteering at a Refugee Camp

  HART is partnered with EPDC (St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee), which provides the means for people living in poverty and under oppression to increase their capacity to improve their living conditions. Following HART’s partnership with the EPDC, it has worked to help empower the women of Maaloula to combat food scarcity in their community....

July 24th, 2020

Letter to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab MP Concerning Sanctions Imposed on Syria

Baroness Cox has authored and co-signed, alongside two former ambassadors to Syria, two former Archbishop’s of Canterbury, a former Chief of General Staff of the British Army, a former Chief of Naval Staff and many others, a letter to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab imploring him to end the economic sanctions on Syria....

June 3rd, 2020

Baroness Cox Written Questions and Answers in the HoL June 2020 (Updated)

  Below are the written answers relevant to HART that Baroness Cox has asked over the past month. The document will be continually updated as and when answers are published by the House of Lords. Full transcripts of the questions and answers are available for download here....

May 14th, 2020

Baroness Cox’s Question in the HoL on British Sanctions on Syria during COVID-19- 13/05/20

Baroness Cox: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the humanitarian situation in Syria; and what steps they are taking to initiate the lifting of sanctions on that country.   The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development (Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon) (Con): My Lords, after years of conflict, Covid-19 poses a particularly significant threat in Syria....

October 25th, 2019

What could be safer than a “safe zone”?

  On 22nd October 2019 a Russian-Turkish Memorandum of Understanding on north-east Syria was established in response to the violence and humanitarian crisis raging through the region. At the meeting in Sochi, Russia, President Putin and President Erdogan reached a deal that would see the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from a 30km wide area in Syria, along the Turkish border that would be a so-called “safe zone”....

October 21st, 2019

The invisible wounds of the Syrian conflict

Even before the Syrian conflict, the availability of public mental health services in Syria was extremely limited. A lack of funding meant that they were understaffed and underdeveloped. Neither the state nor humanitarian agencies provided enough support for these services....

October 9th, 2019

US troop withdrawal and its possible impact on Syrian refugees in Turkey

President Trump has made the decision to pull out US troops from Syria. The news brings huge uncertainty to the fate of IS troops who are currently held in prisons and camps by the Kurdish-led alliance, and for hundreds of thousands of Syrians who may face dangerous displacement....

December 17th, 2018

HART’s Syria Local Partner EPDC Update

Local Context Following the withdrawal of armed groups from Maaloula, the town was left with severe structural damage. The damage to private and public buildings – shops, houses, and land – impeded the local population returning to rebuild their livelihoods, with less than half the original population able to move back into their homes....

October 3rd, 2018

Country Briefings – June to August 2018

We know it can be hard to keep up with the international news, especially when it comes to the countries where our partners are based. Their situations are usually left out of the mainstream media because governments restricting access to certain areas mean journalists are unable to report, keeping devastating conditions hidden....
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