As the third anniversary of the Syrian conflict passes without any sign of a resolution, the humanitarian difficulties for those Syrian refugees who have fled the country deepen. All this week, our reporter Brian O’Connell has been based in Lebanon examining the issues many refugees face in unofficial camps along the Syrian border, and looking at the work aid agency UNICEF are doing to help alleviate the crisis. Last night Brian sent us this report from the Bekka Valley in eastern Lebanon.
Standards of fire safety, hygiene and overcrowding in State funded have been criticised in unpublished inspection reports across several centres. The report described people cooking with pan friers in their bedrooms, inadequate kitchen facilities as well as poor hygiene standards and breaches in child protection among other things.Paddy O’Gorman has been to one of these centres. Sean was also joined by Sharon Waters of the Irish Refugee Council.
The Irish and World War One This August will mark the centenary of the start of World War One. We will be commemorating this anniversary on The History Show with special programmes and short items telling the stories of Irish people who were involved in the war. We will also be examining what was happening here during these turbulent years. Do you have relatives who were involved in the First World War? We would like to hear their stories. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"By God’s providence and with the unremitting zeal and loyalty of all concerned, we were able to come through the trial successfully’ Taoiseach, Eamon De Valera speaking there in September 1945 in the aftermath of the Second World War. Ireland was in a very depressed state. We were struggling with high inflation, falling living standards and rationing - despite the country’s wartime neutrality. So what was life like for people here after World War II? How reluctant were we to take in refugees? And how did we treat the Irish who returned after fighting for the Allied forces. Historian, Michael ...