Syria’s growing humanitarian crisis, UAE Paper
WAM ABU DHABI, 7th May, 2013 (WAM) — The ground reality in Syria today is miserable on all fronts. The conflict has escalated to a grave extent, one that has brought about massive destruction and a staggering increase in the number of civilian deaths, commented a UAE English daily.
There is a dire need to address the humanitarian angle of the conflict as a long war will ensure a total destruction of the country’s social fabric. The most recent atrocity has been in the towns of Al Bayda and Baniyas, where dozens of people, including women and children, were slaughtered in cold blood, said “Gulf News” in its editorial on Tuesday.
“These latest deaths serve as another reminder that it is innocent civilians, especially children, who continue to pay the heaviest cost of the carnage in Syria”, stated UNICEF. This is neither the first such incident nor will it be the last. The highest price in the war in Syria will be paid by millions of innocent civilians.
There is also a dangerous side of the conflict in which whole cities, towns, villages and neighbourhoods are being deserted by their inhabitants. As they seek refuge and safety, more than 5.5 million people have already fled their homes. There are no less than 1.4 million refugees living in what UNICEF calls “severely stressed neighbouring countries”.
A recent development has also raised the alarm with unverified reports of the use of chemical weapons by both the Syrian regime and the opposition. There have also been reports that torture has been carried out by both sides.
For how long and to what extent should the people of Syria bear the burden of the conflict? And at what body count will the global community decide that intervention has become a necessity? Will the world powers only become engaged when the entire country is turned into an open battlefield? “There is a dire humanitarian situation that needs to be addressed. This is a role that should be carried forward by the international humanitarian organisations. More importantly, a reasonable course needs to be backed and pursued by world powers”, the paper concluded.