Category Archives: HUMANITARIAN

A Syrian asylum-seeker on Saturday’s strike

Sarah asked a Syrian friend – currently based in the UK, where they have been granted asylum – to comment on Saturday’s military strike on sites near Damascus and Homs by the US, France and the UK. The strike took place in response to the Assad regime’s alleged chemical attack on Douma on April 7.

We wanted to know how the strike, and renewed media interest in the now seven-year conflict in Syria, made them feel. Optimistic, angry, worried, sad? Read their response.


No feeling… upset? Why would I be upset? The strikes had specific targets and didn’t kill any civilians. People who are upset about the idea of intervention should have been upset with the Russian intervention that has been killing us every day for the last few years.

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Junefe Gilig Payot: Collaborating with Philippine Cities for affordable housing

Last month, I meticulously made Valentine’s Day plans but ended up scrapping them to go on a business trip to a city in the southern part of the Philippines, over 400 miles from the capital Manila – with my boss. Ah, the story of my life: official duty trumps personal happiness, again.

But I made the ‘sacrifice’ for a very good reason; we went to Dapitan City to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for a partnership between the city government and our agency, the Social Housing Finance Corporation (SHFC). The partnership is aimed at providing affordable housing to low-income families in the city.

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