“I am very confident that Assad’s regime will soon be over.”
This statement was made by Barack Obama about two years ago…. but here we are, still caught up with the catastrophe in Syria. So, did the Obama administration underestimate Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad and therefore made policy errors? That’s another discussion.
A very frustrated John Ging, director of operations at the
U.N. Office for Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs said, “The valid question to ask those political leaders is … how many poor people will you accept to be killed before you do something different?”
“It’s 5,000 a month at the moment and it’s over 150,000 killed already. Is it 200,000? Is it a quarter of a million? IS IT A MILLION?”
….and so I asked myself an important question is, “is the world doing enough to end the the Syrian war or are we just looking on and watching so many perish?”
The present situation in Syria
My heart bleeds anytime my attention goes towards Syria because there’s hardly any good report, just innocent people suffering and paying the price for no error of theirs.
The Syrian war has been severally described as the greatest tragedy of the century, having consumed over 150,000 lives and produced 9 million refugees!!! These are no small numbers, the figures are immensely shocking and human rights groups even claim that the numbers could be much higher than these official figures.
Presently, the saddest thing is that so many people have no access to aid… dying without help. The Assad’s government, a government supervising the ‘death and ruthless suffering’ of its own people has been widely criticized for obstructing humanitarian assistance and attacking aid workers and medical personnel. This is a very grave violation of international law and I think this is an area where the international community has shown weakness. If we cant stop the conflict, at least we should be able to ensure that civilians get the aid they so desperately need. It is not enough to condemn and criticize, urgent steps need to be taken!
It is extremely sad to learn that over 3.5 million people are in areas where aid is blocked or hindered, and another 240,000 are under siege. It is also terrible that 460 medical personnels have been killed and so many medical facilities destroyed!
Images showing extreme devastation in the city of Homs
I was so disturbed when I saw images of two elderly siblings who had been trapped inside Homs throughout the two year siege, amidst the fierce fighting, unable to leave because Assad’s army had surrounded the city and the rebels were inside trying to hold their ground.
These two siblings ran out of food and were left with no option than to eat leaves and grasses. They lost incredible weight, looking so emaciated and tired.
Now the seige of Homs is over and the rebels have moved out after two incredible long years and we can only imagine what the civilians who were trapped in the city went through throughout that period when Homs was consistently bombarded by Syrian forces.
Use of Chemical weapons
The Syrian Government has been severally accused of using chemical weapons during the ongoing war. Allegations that they have so far denied.
Recently, HRW (Human Rights Watch) accused the Syrian Government of using chemical weapons. The Government allegedly used barrel bombs laden with chlorine gas which could cause breathing problems and result to death. About 11 people were killed and 50 injured. It ripped my heart to see young, little children, struggling to breathe, choking, appearing to be dying.
The Syrian government had also used Sarin gas in Damascus last year which triggered international attention and a military threat by the U.S…
• the situation just keeps getting worse in Syria. Thousands more dying and many fleeing the country daily into overcrowded refugee camps, often leaving with so little or nothing. so many mourning the loss of family, loved ones and others struggling to live with the agony of not knowing where their children, wives, family are. People, trapped inside Syria with no access to food or medical aid, suffering so much and thinking no one cares.
I cant understand how the power drunk Assad is strong enough to close his eyes to all these and just concentrate only on retaining power… (just like his grandfather who murdered so many people who protested against his government). It is extremely despicable that Assad has orchestrated a disaster that has killed thousands of his own people. And the international community hasn’t done its best to stop this. It just seems like there was much talking and much less acting.
However, since the end of the war doesn’t seem anywhere in sight, the UN and the whole world musn’t continue to watch people perish. Anything and everything must be done to get aid and humanitarian to the people inside Syria. That’s the least we can do while we figure out how to end the war either through a diplomatic dialogue or funding the rebels to topple the government.