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Dumfries MP David Mundell returns from Syrian refugee camp

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP David Mundell visited a Syrian refugee camp in eastern Turkey as part of a fact finding trip to better understand the continuing humanitarian crisis.

The visit also provided an opportunity to see firsthand the work that is taking place to support refugees as a result of generosity in the UK and around the world.

“The bustling Turkish City of Gaziantep gives away no obvious sign that it is only an hour’s drive from the bloody conflict that is turning Syria into one of the biggest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War.

"Other countries can learn a great deal from how the Turks have dealt with their guests, the term they use rather than refugees...However, the answer from everyone I asked about what more we could do to improve the conditions for them as refugees, was simply whilst they were grateful for our support, what they wanted was the end of the conflict."

– David Mundell MP

Castle Douglas author returns from war-torn Syria

The conflict in Syria may seem a long way from here, but one man from our region has seen its devastating effects first hand.

In-fighting between rebel forces and the Assad government has forced millions of refugees to flee the war-torn country, many of them children.

The author Robin Yassin-Kassab lives in Castle Douglas, in Galloway.

His father is Syrian, and Robin's just returned from ten days at the Turkish border, helping to clothe and feed as many children as possible during a bleak and freezing winter.

Earlier I spoke to him, and Ian spoke with him, asking him why he felt compelled to go and help.


Full Report: Writer fundraises for Syrian refugees

An author from Southern Scotland heads to Syria this week to help refugee children caught up in the country's conflict.

Robin Yassin-Kassab, whose father is Syrian, is part of an international group raising thousands of pounds to provide supplies for refugees facing up to winter without homes, food or adequate clothing.

And as Ryan Dollard found out this afternoon, they have taken a novel approach to stand out from other charity appeals this Christmas.

Watch his full report below.

Pictures: Syrian children helped by Cumbrian fundraiser

Robin Yassin-Kassab is raising money by shaving off his eyebrows to help Syrian refugees.

The money raised will go towards buying hats, coats and blankets for children out in the country.

A child poses for the camera out in Syria Credit: Robin Yassin-Kassab
The fundraising is to help children out in Syria Credit: Robin Yassin-Kassab
The money will go towards buying warm clothes and blankets for the children Credit: Robin Yassin-Kassab
A group of Syrian children Credit: Robin Yassin-Kassab
The war in Syria has uprooted many children's lives Credit: Robin Yassin-Kassab
Children in a make-shift school Credit: Robin Yassin-Kassab
A boy with crutches out in Syria smiles for the camera Credit: Robin Yassin-Kassab
Children show the peace sign in Syria Credit: Robin Yassin-Kassab

Writer shaves eyebrows to fundraise for Syrian children

A British-Syrian writer who lives in Castle Douglas is raising money for Syrian refugees by shaving his moustache and monobrow to create eyebrows .

Robin Yassin-Kassab is heading out to the Turkish border later this week to help the Syrian refugees.

Robin is part of a team that has raised $30,000 so far, with donations as far afield as the United States as well as the United Kingdom.

$20 will buy a coat, blanket and hat for a child out in Syria.

To find out how you can donate, click here.


Around The House: MPs acknowledge shadow of Iraq in debate over Syria.

In our political programme from Westminster, a panel of MPs considered the aftermath of the Government's defeat in the Commons over possible military action in Syria.

Joining Helen Ford for the studio discussion; the Labour MP for Dumfries and Galloway, Russell Brown; the Conservative member for Scarborough and Whitby, Robert Goodwill, and the Redcar Liberal Democrat Ian Swales.

You can watch an edited version of the debate here:

Where next after the vote on Syria? Around The House at 11:35pm

Join Helen Ford and guests at 11:35pm Credit: ITV News Border

It's been a dramatic week for MPs, who were recalled to Westminster for the vote on possible military action in Syria.

In Around The House, we look at the aftermath of the Government's defeat and ask what it will mean for the party leaders.

Joining the debate are the Labour MP for Dumfries and Galloway, Russell Brown, along with the Conservative member for Scarborough and Whitby, Robert Goodwill and the Redcar Lib Dem Ian Swales.

Around The House: Tonight at 11.35pm

Around The House at 11.35pm on ITV Credit: ITV Border

Helen Ford presents our political programme from Westminster.

Hexham MP Guy Opperman will be in the studio to discuss payday loans and alternatives to high-cost credit.

Also in the programme, Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown joins the panel of MPs to consider Westminster's response to the crisis in Syria.