Syria peace talks

Women with white roses at an installation of tombstones marked with '100,000 lives lost in Syria' against the backdrop of snow-topped Swiss Alps rising starkly over Lake Geneva

Blog: Geneva II peace talks: Syrian women and civil society must be heard

Join our urgent Twitter action today to demand that Syrian women and civil society groups be part of negotiations about their country's future.

Montreux readies for the Geneva II peace talks on Syria. Photo: Nick Bryer/Oxfam

Blog: Syria peace talks: A time for hope

Things are hotting up in Montreux, on Lake Geneva in Switzerland, where Oxfam campaigners are among the hundreds of diplomats, journalists, civil society and solidarity groups gathering for the beginning of the long awaited ‘Geneva II’ peace talks for Syria.

Could Syria chemical weapons agreement pave way for peace talks?

Blog: Could Syria chemical weapons agreement pave way for peace talks?

The UN General Assembly in New York this week has been dominated by talk of weapons.

Un million d’enfants réfugiés ?! Autant de raisons pour des pourparlers de paix pour la Syrie, immédiatement

Blog: Un million d’enfants réfugiés ?! Autant de raisons pour des pourparlers de paix pour la Syrie, immédiatement

Alors que de terribles images nous parviennent de Syrie cette semaine (vers lesquelles je ne renverrai pas ici), les Nations unies viennent d’annoncer que plus d’un million d’enfants venus de ce pays déchiré par la guerre sont désormais réfugiés.

¡¿Un millón de niños refugiados?! Cuatro razones por las que necesitamos Conversaciones de Paz en Siria ya

Blog: ¡¿Un millón de niños refugiados?! Cuatro razones por las que necesitamos Conversaciones de Paz en Siria ya

En medio de las horrendas imágenes (las cuales no voy a enlazar aquí) que han llegado de Siria esta semana, Naciones Unidas ha anunciado que más de un millón de niños de ese país devastado por la guerra ahora son refugiados. Casi la mitad de los 1,9 millones de refugiados que han huído a países vecinos: Jordania, Líbano, Egipto, Turquía e Iraq.

One million child refugees?! Four reasons we need Syria Peace Talks now

Blog: One million child refugees?! Four reasons we need Syria Peace Talks now

Amidst the horrific images (which I'll not link to here) coming out of Syria this week, the UN has announced that more than one million children from that war-torn country are now refugees. This is nearly half of the 1.9 million refugees that have fled to neighboring countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, and Iraq.

100,000 deaths in Syria and counting - Time for peace

Blog: 100,000 deaths in Syria and counting - Time for peace

The number of reported deaths in Syria continues to rise relentlessly. This time last year the figure was hovering around 20,000. That was bad enough – but no one could have imagined that within 12 months the total would have topped 100,000, with more, inevitably, to come.

Samira has been forced to live in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Photo: Luca Sola/Oxfam

Blog: Syria's women sitting in limbo

I recently met Reema*, a 19-year-old Syrian girl, in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Back in Syria, Reema had her whole life before her. She'd just finished high school, and was about to go to university to study. She was eager to work and set up her future.

Then, her family home was bombed and she, her parents and sisters had to flee. Now she sits in a camp with no chance of further education, no prospect of independence, and — in her eyes — no real hope of a better future.

Sadly, Reema's story is just one of many among the people of Syria.

Vigil for peace in Syria, held in Gaza in March 2013. Photo: Oxfam

Blog: Why peace talks are the only way forward for Syria

War has raged in Syria for more than two years now with devastating human cost. Over 100,000 people have been killed and around 8 million people are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

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