Sponsors are ordinary Canadian citizens committed to do everything they can to help resettle the refugees — from providing financial support to offering practical support, like helping with groceries, doctor’s appointments and English lessons.
The construction of Brutalist-style featureless apartments hastened the loss of cohesion in Syrian society, according to Homs architect Marwa al-Sabouni, whose book "The Battle for Home" and accompanying TED talk offer a new vision.
He confounded American commanders in Iraq and all but saved the regime of Bashar al-Assad. But until recently, few people outside of military circles knew the name of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. He's a public and popular figure in his home country now — and just as powerful as ever.
After a year in a Syrian jail being tortured by the regime's police, activist Karam Al Hamad finally escaped to Turkey. He says he'll only feel safe once he gets to escape the region and come to the US for a fellowship, but the road is proving even harder than he expected.
This image of a young Syrian refugee is arresting — almost literally. Her hands seem to be raised in surrender as she stares right into the camera she thinks is a weapon. Juxtapose that against a conflict in Syria that rages on, and you have a photo that has shaken the Internet.
Warm weather means a rise in the number of people leaving the Middle East and Africa and heading to the shores of Italy, France and Greece. Many die on the way and even those who make it, have a hard time settling in Europe.
When it comes to the Syrian war, we often hear about good versus evil. But anti-regime Syrian filmmaker Ali Sheikh Khudr found a more complicated picture when he began filming a documentary on his cousin, who later joined the Syrian Army.
Thousands of refugees are dying trying to find refuge in Europe, and the continent's leaders want to stop the deaths by stopping the smugglers — and blowing up their boats. But that tactic may not fix the problem, and may simply endanger the lives of migrants.
The European Union has a plan to divvy up the burden of migrants crossing the Mediterranean. It's an effort to prove that European countries can control their borders, but it's one that ignores the underlying problem of why people are leaving their countries by the thousands.
A family in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is under arrest for shipping guns and ammo to Lebanon, most likely for use on the Syrian battlefield. They almost got away with it thanks to a sham aid effort that helped them hide their smuggling among food and clothing shipments.
Sam Neher was on vacation in Turkey when his passport was stolen. Months later, he found out it was being used by smugglers in Turkey as a potential way to get Syrian refugees to countries where they could seek asylum.