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Buses and ambulances moved into the besieged area.
The aid delivery to rebel-held eastern Aleppo, which is blockaded by government forces, is an important test of the U.S.-Russian deal.
They have told me life is no longer of any value to them or their children, and they reach a state of despair. I have seen it in Asia, I have seen it in Africa, I have seen it in the Middle East... they would rather be dead than living in conditions like that. I’ve seen situations you wouldn’t even want to imagine.
At a time when the UN is calling for its largest ever humanitarian appeal to deal with crises like that in Syria -- and when the world is dealing with more displaced people than ever before -- Australia is just too far away from lifting its weight.
“I have never heard such fear and desperation. This is a new terrible.”
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“Today is the first time we are able to move a joint convoy of the United Nations, the Red Cross and Syrian Red Crescent ... to these two towns since November 2012.”
As a mother of five, I'd do whatever it takes to help my kids. That's how I can understand why Juliette, an impoverished young mum in rural Burundi, went to such great lengths to help her son.
What we're seeing globally, particularly in the US, is growing anger from the working and middle classes who have watched the benefits of that economic growth largely accrue to the wealthy while they stand still or go backwards.
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By comparison, we're spending $32 billion this year alone on defence.
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Far from being just the right thing to do, Labor’s announcement is also the smart thing to do. Too often we tend to view aid as a feel-good charitable endeavor, something we do when the times are good and something to be wound back on in harder economic times.
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The delivery comes just one week after an international aid convoy failed to reach desperate Syrians living in a nearby besieged city.
As the budget draws closer I can only hope, for the sake of Malawi and for the sake of our self-respect, that the cut to Australian aid is not as deep as predicted.
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I've seen the generosity of Australians first hand. So when I hear reports that Australians think we should cut foreign aid, I'm genuinely surprised. It contradicts what I've always known.
The federal government has announced it will provide a further $25 million in funding towards aid in Syria and Iraq as the refugee crisis continues to take a toll on the region. The funding will be d...