By David Matthews
Only 6 per cent of displaced university-age Syrians currently in other countries in the Middle East are in higher education, expert warns
By Danuta Kean
Mohammed, a gangly 17-year-old who fled Syria with no hope of seeing his family again, dreams of being a footballer. Drita saw a side to humanity no 16-year-old should during her journey from eastern Europe. Now, she has pinned her hopes on becoming a teacher.
Written by Charles O. Cecil
Once a station for soldiers and sentries, the excavated ruins of milecastle 39 now beckon hikers roughly midway along Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland, England. From the early second century, the east-to-west wall separated Roman Britannia from Pictish tribes in Caledonia (in present-day Scotland) to the north. Not only stones did the work: Up to 8,000 men from all parts of the Roman Empire guarded and maintained the fortification along its 118-kilometer length. They included Syrians, as evidenced in the bilingual inscriptions—in Latin and Palmyrene—at the base of the tombstone found near South Shields, below, a commemoration of 30-year-old Regina, from central Britannia, by her bereaved husband, Barates, from Palmyra.
Love in Damascus by Lena Chamamyan
By Adnan Mouhiddin
I conducted this research for ‘Transparency International Defence and Security’. It supplied the ‘Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index 2015’ with assessment and analysis of the corruption risk in the Syrian defence and security establishments in five key risk areas: political, financial, personnel, operations and procurement.