Risks versus needs in the horror of Syria

Allegations about Goal’s operations in Syria are receding - and it’s time now to refocus on the charity’s lifesaving work

18th December, 2016
Civilians trying to flee east Aleppo last week Picture: Getty

Among those watching the devastation of Aleppo most closely have been the 400 staff of Goal, in the neighbouring province of Idlib. They have three things to fear from Aleppo.

First, some of Goal’s staff have previously fled Aleppo, and many of them have friends and family still at risk there.

Secondly, the evacuation of Aleppo is likely to result in a large influx into Idlib, where aid workers are already struggling to meet...

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