As fighting in Syria's Afrin region nears the end of its second week, soldiers say the battle is moving slowly, with both sides heavily armed and civilian casualties occurring in and around the war zone. VOA's Heather Murdock is with Turkish and Syrian opposition forces in Soran, in northern Syria.
There are an estimated 2.2 billion children in the world. In a recent report, the United Nations says urgent action is needed to ensure that millions of them have some kind of future to look forward to. VOA's Kevin Enochs reports.
Across refugee camps in Lebanon, Syrians are enduring the cold and rain of winter — some for the seventh year in a row. Recent storms have shown the vulnerability of many of the quarter-of-a-million people living in the camps. John Owens, reporting for VOA, looks at the circumstances facing some of these Syrians.