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It all seems just like yesterday when the crises in Syria erupted into a full fledged civil war and now were are talking about the largest humanitarian catastrophe of the century. We are talking about a war that has displaced about 4.1 million people including a staggering 3 million refugees! The war which generated a refugee crises which the UNHCR says is the most overwhelming it has ever seen, has also claimed the lives of over 170,000 people.
My deepest worry is that despite all the twists and turns the Syrian war has undergone, the end doesn’t seem anywhere in sight. In fact, it is even more complicated now, with the ISIS trying to capture towns in the country to add to its ‘Islamic State’. My pain is that it is the innocent civilians that bear the suffering of all these actions. It breaks my heart to see the news of women and young children being killed, caught in a crossfire or having to flee with little or nothing to an unknown destination. They just keep running, in hunger and tears, hoping to get to somewhere safe.
The world seems to be forgetting about Syria or paying little attention! We diverted all our attention to Gaza (which no doubt also needed attention) and now Ukraine. I’m not saying that we should not be concerned about the negative developments in these places. Of course, we should! But we should not let them make us forget other crucial issues. Syria is crucial. Anywhere women and children are in such grave danger is crucial.
The positive side however is that the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) has been able to get more aid and relief items to more people stranded inside Syria and at refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon and other countries which play host to Syrian refugees even though funding is always a perennial problem.