Syria by far tops the world list of people forcibly displaced by conflict. How can we let the regime and Al Queda linked rebels get away with the unprecedented carnage? Join Antonio Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, visiting and talking to Syrian refugees in Jordan:
The video speaks for itself. More than 40 percent of Syria’s pre-conflict population is displaced externally or internally. Half of them are children.
But that’s not all, unfortunately. The atrocities mentioned in the video are only part of what Syrians have to endure. Human trafficking is a huge problem. Syrian girls and children are being exploited for prostitution and sold at auctions.
Syria is a rapidly growing humanitarian catastrophe. Approximately 5.5 million children still live in the war-torn country and daily experience extreme violence and have to manage without health-care and education. The severe psychological distress they endure will, needless to say, damage them for life.
At the moment the regime is in control of about a quarter of the country while the remaining three-quarters is held by different rebel groups fighting each other.
How could it get that bad? By collaborating with Al-Queda linked rebel groups the Syrian regime has effectively managed to get rid of most moderate rebels. And the jihadists are definitely not a palatable option to the regime. Mass executions of detainees is their name of the game. Understandably, Syrians opposing Assad are even less keen on living in an area occupied by Al-Queda linked groups. They are in other words between a rock and a hard place, which is just what the regime wanted. Makes Assad look like the lesser evil.
Do you agree that the cycle of death in Syria has to end? Should heads of states that follow in Stalin’s footsteps and starve and slaughter their people be sent to the ICC in The Hague? Is it really OK that the UN Security Council allows Russia to take such a tyrant under their wings and prolong the suffering of the Syrian people? If so, do we really have a world order that works? Politics is politics, but the kind of atrocities being committed in Syria on a daily basis should be rejected by the whole international community. But maybe the most crucial question is if, after three years of slaughter, it’s possible to find a solution that will save Syria from more death and destruction? Has the world failed Syria?
Video: UNHCR – YouTube – Photo: FreedomHouse