For thousands in Assad jails, amnesty a ‘fraud’

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad decreed an amnesty last month but for tens of thousands of prisoners, among them high-profile dissidents, the promise of freedom is a fraud. Yara Bader, 29, has been desperately waiting for word on her husband Mazen Darwish, a journalist and activist detained since February 2012. Her[…]

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Scholars declare ISIS bogus

The following is an open letter by a group of South African scholars who have declared ‪‎the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) caliphate as ‘bogus’. Cowardly evil man using religion as an excuse for violence again! ISIS and their beliefs have no place in a civilized world. A torturous[…]

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'Dedicate Ramadan to Syria'

South Africans must mobilize themselves to expand the relief effort in war ravaged Syria. That was the impassioned appeal by Sheikh Ebrahim Gabriels on Saturday, upon his arrival at Cape Town International airport on Saturday following a week long humanitarian trip to Turkey. Gabriels, Sheikh Irfaan Abrahams, and Adiel Fredericks[…]

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Darul volunteers in Turkey

Volunteers with the Darul Islam Relief Fund (DARF) along with representatives of different relief organisations arrived in Istanbul in Turkey on Friday as part of a humanitarian project to deliver aid to Syrian refugees in need.  Humanitarian relief workers from around the globe are working under the helm of the[…]

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$400m pledged for Syria

Charity organisations pledged $400m to help alleviate the humanitarian plight of Syrians affected by their country’s civil war, participants at a meeting of charitable NGOs said. Kuwait’s International Islamic Charitable Organisation said Kuwaiti charities pledged $142m on Tuesday, while dozens of NGOs attending the meeting promised the rest. The funds[…]

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Syria needs $6.5b

The UN, facing its “worst humanitarian crisis” in decades, is seeking a whopping $6.5 billion (4.7 billion euros) to aid Syrians affected by war at a donor’s conference in Kuwait City Wednesday. The UN has described the appeal as the largest ever in its history for a single humanitarian emergency.[…]

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Syria's chemical weapons removed

Syria has started moving chemical weapons materials out of the country in a crucial phase of an internationally backed disarmament programme that has been delayed by war and technical problems. The joint mission overseeing the disarmament, the UN and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said on[…]

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Rebels tackle jihadists

Syrian rebels laid siege to jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in their northern stronghold Monday, hoping to crush the Al-Qaeda affiliate accused of widespread abuses. A broad coalition of moderates and Islamists opposed to President Bashar al-Assad is seeking to drive ISIL — which is[…]

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