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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Helen Cordery: An unfortunate truth – Patagonia needs our help

The Patagonia of old is a place that conjures up images of impossibly clear skies, mountains for miles, iconic wildlife and thoughts of frozen glaciers that stretch until the end of the world. Its most famous spot, Torres del Paine National Park, is remote, snuggled between mountains and the Southern Patagonian Ice Fields, with a unique landscape featuring the ancient towers of the Paine motif, deep valleys and wetlands of the ilk found nowhere else in the world.

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