UN air-drops food in Syria

By: Max Creager ~Staff Writer~ The UN attempted to air-drop 21 tons of food to more than 200,000 civilians in the besieged city of Deir el-Zour in Syria on Feb. 24. The World Food Programme (WFP) stated that it has not been able to reach the civilian population of Dier el-Zour since March 2014. Wednesday’s drop was the first high altitude drop the WFP has tried over Syria. However, most of the food aid missed its intended recipients. Ten of the 21 pallets of food are unaccounted for, as they drifted away from the city due to high winds and … Continue reading UN air-drops food in Syria

International pressures elicit Turkish pushback

By: Regina Wright ~Staff Writer~ At a press conference on Wednesday, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the U.N. Security Council and the international community “two-faced” for their growing pressures on Turkey to accept more Syrian refugees, while ignoring the Russian presence in Syria. Since the outbreak of the Syrian crisis in 2011, millions have been displaced and fled their country, while hundreds of thousands have been killed. Turkey was declared a temporary protection regime, ensuring non-refoulement and assistance in 22 refugee camps in their country and across the Syrian border. Turkey is the country with the world’s largest refugee … Continue reading International pressures elicit Turkish pushback

Refugee crisis in Europe continues to escalate as Syrian civil war rages on

By: Regina Wright ~Staff Writer~ Early in the morning on Sept. 2, a small boy’s body washed ashore on a Turkish beach. The image has become the symbol of the refugee crisis that Europe is experiencing. Identified as Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian native, the two-year old was found lying on the beach wearing a red T-shirt and black shoes, with sand covering his face.Kurdi was traveling with his mother, Rehen, brother, Galip, and father, Abdullah, trying to reach the Greek island of Kos. According to Abdullah, the Kurdi family boarded a small boat in Turkey manned by two smugglers and … Continue reading Refugee crisis in Europe continues to escalate as Syrian civil war rages on