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A wave of brutal murders in the deep south, but also some glimmers of hope

Last month men armed with assault rifles burst into the canteen of Ban Ba Ngo school in the southern Thai province of Pattani and shot dead two teachers.

The Council for Assisting Refugee Academics (CARA), the Scholars at Risk Network (SAR), and the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF) jointly denounce - in the strongest terms - the attack on the University of Aleppo on 15 January.

Despite pleas from international agencies to keep the fighting between combatants, Syria’s war continues to inflict a staggeringly high toll on civilians.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today expressed deep shock at the two attacks on the University of Aleppo, Syria’s oldest institution of science and technology, which killed more than 80 people, most of them students, on 15 January.

At least two deadly explosions possibly caused by aircraft missiles or bombs devastated the campus of Aleppo University in Syria on Tuesday as students were taking exams, a major escalation of the violent struggle for control of the country’s largest city.

More than 80 people – most of them students – have been reported killed in two explosions at the Aleppo University campus in northern Syria and the death toll is expected to rise.

Christopher Talbot is a consultant in Education in Emergencies. He was formerly CEO of Education Above All (EAA), Doha; led UNESCO’s work on education in emergencies and in post-conflict and post-disaster situations; developed the education in emergencies research and training programme at UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP); and worked for UNHCR, including as Senior Education Officer.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Continuing a militant campaign of violence against aid workers in Pakistan, gunmen on Tuesday shot dead seven Pakistani teachers and health workers, six of them women, police officials said.

Four Tamils from Jaffna University Sent for ‘Rehabilitation’

(New York) – The Sri Lankan authorities should immediately release or credibly charge four ethnic Tamil students from Jaffna University who have been detained since early December 2012, Human Rights Watch said today.

18 Dec 2012


Beirut, 18 December 2012 – The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Ms. Leila Zerrougui yesterday arrived here from a four-day visit to theSyrianArabRepublic where she engaged State authorities and the armed opposition for better protection of children.