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January 25, 2016 - 

The UK will provide £30million in new funding to help the most vulnerable people, including children and infants, arriving in Europe and fleeing the Syrian conflict, the International Development Secretary for the UK Justine Greening has announced.

January 25, 2016 - 

Globally, the people who fight in wars or commit violent crimes are nearly all young men. Henrik Urdal of the Harvard Kennedy School looked at civil wars and insurgencies around the world between 1950 and 2000, controlling for such things as how rich, democratic or recently violent countries were, and found that a “youth bulge” made them more strife-prone. When 15-24-year-olds made up more than 35% of the adult population—as is common in developing countries—the risk of conflict was 150% higher than with a rich-country age profile.

January 25, 2016 - 

The violence is getting worse. In recent weeks, the rebel Sudan Liberation Army has stepped up attacks, and the Janjaweed and Sudanese have retaliated. Both sides blame the other for the escalation.

An incident in the hamlet of Zalingei in western Darfur last week illustrates the problem. On Friday, the Janjaweed took scores of refugees foraging for wild grains and firewood outside the camp hostage for five hours. Many were tied up and beaten, said Eigil Kvernmo, a relief worker for the International Rescue Committee.

That attack was apparently in retaliation for the abduction of a group of Arabs by the rebels last month. Since the kidnapping, tensions have soared and the United Nations was forced to pull out its international staff for 10 days and stop the delivery of food aid.

January 25, 2016 - 

Anne McElvoy speaks with the president of the International Rescue Committee to evaluate how the world is responding to the worst refugee crisis since the second world war

January 22, 2016 - 

Three years ago, the leaders of UN humanitarian agencies issued an urgent appeal to those who could end the conflict in Syria. They called for every effort to save the Syrian people. “Enough”, they said, of the suffering and bloodshed.

That was three years ago.Now, the war is approaching its sixth brutal year. The bloodshed continues. The suffering deepens.

So today, we – leaders of humanitarian organisations and UN agencies - appeal not only to governments but to each of you - citizens around the world – to add your voices in urging an end to the carnage. To urge that all parties reach agreement on a ceasefire and a path to peace.