Syria.. what's the real story

Helping syrian people

The humanitarian crisis in Syria means many people want to do something to help.

Young people have been killed or injured

But, travelling to Syria is extremely dangerous. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all travel to Syria. A number of UK nationals have already been killed or injured.

Families are desperately worried

Young men from Portsmouth are among those who have travelled to Syria. The families and friends of those fighting in Syria are desperately worried about them.

Syria's infrastructure has been devastated by the conflict. It is very difficult for those out there to call home, withdraw money or get medical help. 

UK nationals have been imprisoned

The Syrian Government will imprison anyone who enters the country illegally. A British doctor died in a Syrian jail in late 2013.

There are links to terrorist organisations

Those thinking of travelling to Syria may not realise, but some groups fighting in the country are linked to terrorist organisations like al-Qaeda. The UK authorities are very concerned that anyone travelling to Syria for humanitarian reasons could be targeted by extremist groups. This means UK nationals returning from Syria will attract the attention of the UK authorities.

Worried about someone?

If you are worried that someone might be considering travelling to Syria, you can get advice and support by calling 023 9284 1050, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Alternatively you can call the Police on 101 and ask to talk to a specialist Prevent officer.

You can download our leaflets here:  Leaflet 1 and Leaflet 2

To find out more please look at the  Help For Syria website which has more information about how you can help.

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