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The Syrian civil war is an ongoing armed conflict between the government and the opposition forces. The conflict has caused thousands of Syrians to flee as refugees and the death toll continues to rise every day. Millions have lost their homes, loved ones and cities have been torn down due to war.
What started off as a peaceful protest in 2011 has turned Syria into a blood bath where a shocking figure of more than 250,000 men, women and children have been killed. The internal conflict has seen a steady rise with rebels fighting against the government forces. This armed conflict has led to the descent of the civil war and we know thousands continue to die even today.
It’s horrific to see Facebook posts every other day where families have been displaced, children have been wounded and countless have been killed. We hear terrorizing stories of ISIS who have inflicted brutalities on Syrians with their own propaganda. The ‘war within a war’ situation has transcended into the rebels, jihadists, government backed forces and the Kurdish wage a war among themselves. And in this mess, the internal conflict among the various political parties has left millions dying or fleeing the country for their lives.
This Syrian conflict is one of the worst humanitarian tragedies in today’s times. The UN security of council has demanded that the use of weapons be stopped in crowded areas, but we see towns ravaged by bombs and Syrians massacred on streets. And while all of this happens, the I.S. fighters carry out their own public executions and inflict punishments who refuse to accept their agenda. The common man is living on the edge with death, terror, bloodshed and no hope for the future. ISIS may have lost most of their territory in 2017, but the damage they have caused is irreparable.
It's heart wrenching to see the children suffer, and 2016 was the worst year where more than 652 died. UNICEF has stated that more than 850 children were recruited to fight, which is twice of what they did in 2015. We see images on television channels very often where millions of children have been brutally attacked and many left orphaned. These children have been psychologically ruined and scarred for life. They see no future ahead and are at the mercy of their perpetrators. Almost every child that we see in these images has lost a home, a family and have had their towns bombed.
President Assad and his supporters continue to participate in this genocide. The atrocities inflicted by the ISIS have killed numerous innocent lives. It is a modern day holocaust with thousands perishing by the cruelties of the regime. Turkey and Jordan have opened up their borders and are accepting refugees arriving in large numbers. The Gulf States are staying out of this, Germany seems to be doing a lot of relief work and the British have implemented stricter border laws. The intensity of human suffering in Syria has been at its worst in the last couple of years and it continues today.
The rest of the world is watching in silence, and that’s the real tragedy.
A five-hour Russian window for delivering aid and evacuating civilians failed to bring relief to the besieged area despite...