Sadly, news of people forced to flee their homes in Syria is in the headlines once again.
When similar stories came out of Aleppo, a group of women in Newcastle decided to do something for Syria.
Sarah Melling, one of the women behind this response, tells their story.
What hit me most was the doctor’s despair.
He was working in Syria with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) during the siege of Aleppo. His letter on the BBC website told a harrowing story.
His team was evacuating the most vulnerable people from a former old people’s home in the besieged city.
The home had become a refugee camp in a sea of smashed concrete that used to be a thriving city.
Some of the people they found were disabled or mentally ill and some just had nowhere else to go.
As the Red Cross and their partners the Syrian Arab Red Crescent arrived to rescue them, they sat among the bodies of other patients who had already died. There was no heating, medicine or fuel.
Then some soldiers arrived with six children, one just seven months old. All had been orphaned in the past few days and left alone in the rubble with nothing to eat.
They carried the children and old people on stretchers through deserted and damaged streets, helping those they could, but passing the bodies of those for whom it was already too late.
“I feel so very sad, today,” the doctor wrote.
“Please, there have to be some limits to this war.”