I visited Za'atari refugee camp and met children who have fled Syria for their lives. I heard the same tales of losing homes, their schools and their friends. And stories of unimaginable violence and danger. These children should be going to school and playing with their friends, dreaming of what they want to be when they grow up. These children are the future of Syria and they urgently need protection and the chance of an education before a whole generation is lost to the conflict.
The Syrian opposition delegation at the Geneva peace talks faces a cruel dilemma: hang on in the hope that its willingness to commence ceasefire discussions can produce genuine relief for hundreds of thousands of its constituents; or quit in disgust as Russia doubles-down.
Six years on, it is time to think more long term, because a generation of young Syrians is in danger of being lost to despair, to violent extremism -- the foundations for peace in the future will erode if this reality is neglected.
Refugees are and should be welcome in the UK and other EU countries. They deserve better than this frankly appalling treatment. They're not trying to 'scrounge' from us. They're not just a 'bunch of migrants', like David Cameron said last week. They're people. It's time that they're given the help that they so desperately need.
The day begins with a call from a family member. "She is very sick and the siege has left no medicine in the town." Later on, you receive a message from your sister, who still remains in an area under siege by the regime.
Last week I spoke to a Syrian family who had fled the country and spent three weeks travelling to Europe. Now they were waiting for a train in Serbia to take them north towards Germany. When I asked the father why they chose to leave their home at this particular point in time, I was given an answer that haunts me.
In recent years, globalization, terrorism, shrinking job markets, and the Great Recession have challenged immigration policies everywhere.
2016 is a critical year for Syria, 15 March will mark the fifth anniversary of the Syrian civil war. It is in all our interests, but especially the people of Syria, that 2016 is the year when we see a turning-point in this crisis. The UK will continue to play a leading role in international efforts to end the suffering of Syrians.
Milana has created a powerful and thought-provoking documentary video, "Can't Do Nothing," after a vacation with her father in Greece opened her eyes to the plight of Syrian refugees risking their lives to cross the sea and find safety for their families.
Despite constant coverage of ISIS, known by their Arabic name as Daesh, Western media has overlooked the fact that a large proportion of their victims are ordinary Sunni Muslims - the very people they claims to represent. By doing this they are unwittingly aiding the narrative that Daesh is representing all Muslims against the West.
Denying children like Fatima their right to education is already having a devastating effect on their lives. But it also has serious, far-reaching consequences for societies and economies across the region. We must act now for the futures of Syria's children.
I believe the London Conference can be a turning point for the Syrian people who have endured so many horrors since war engulfed their country. One conference can't end the fighting or undo the suffering but it can be the moment when we rise to an unprecedented challenge with an unprecedented response. In London I want the world to offer a different story on Syria and a new vision of hope to its people. This is an historic opportunity and the whole world must grasp it.
I want to commend compassion's call to open our doors more widely to our suffering Syrian brothers and sisters, all the while conceding that compassion is by its very nature risky. Yet admitting Syrian refugees is not much of a risk at all.
Hillary Clinton likes to extol her foreign policy credentials, particularly her experience as secretary of state. She attaches herself to Barack Obama's coattails, pledging to continue his policies. But she is even more hawkish than the president.
Making sure that Syrian children are learning is the right thing to do. It also protects children and youth from being exploited by child labor, early marriage, and recruitment by armed groups.
The vast majority of Syrian refugees live in the Kurdistan region of Iraq (KR-I) - with around two-thirds of those living outside formal refugee camps. Many families are already deep in debt, struggling to find money to pay rent and to buy daily necessities, such as food.