Laya’s Story: A Syrian who drowned at sea


The Syrians I have spoke to have a suffered in ways unimaginable to most.

Some have shared their stories with me and this blog, some have asked me to keep their tales to myself.

They have been stabbed, tortured, imprisoned, made treacherous journeys, lost their homes, lost relatives, lost friends, lost hope in this war that has torn their country apart ever ending.

But they were the lucky ones.

It may have taken them several attempts, they may have thought they were going to die, but they crossed the Mediterranean.

They survived a journey that they shouldn’t have had to take in the first place.

They were the lucky ones.

If anyone still needs convincing as to why we should open our homes and our hearts.

This is the story of 8 year old Laya, who drowned at sea.

???’s Story: Syrians in Scotland


Front page of The National 17/11/15

Front page of The National 17/11/15

This was the front page of yesterday’s newspaper. Welcoming the first round of Syrian refugees being brought to Scotland from the camps in Lebanon and Jordan.

By Christmas, around 400 Syrians will be settling into their lives here. Yesterday the first 100 arrived to the rain, the cold and a, by and large,  warm reception.

Yet the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon had to stand up in the Scottish Parliament and reassure the Scottish people that those coming had been vetted twice. Once by the UN, then again by the Home Office.

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My Story: Or how it being mandatory for my course means I’ll be keeping a blog


Welcome to eyeingthenews.2

A first attempt at setting up this blog as a media monitor has been thrown under the bus – as much as I would like people to listen to my opinion on everything it’s a bit more realistic to focus this blog around something I know, and care about.

Six years ago I spent six months living in Damascus, Syria, as part of my Arabic undergraduate degree. I fell in love.

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