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'At least in heaven there's food.'
A mother of a boy, no more than 5 years old exclaims; she has come to terms with her own son's death, she is waiting and longing for her son to pass, because at least then he'll be without pain, without the worry of survival, without the worry of finding enough food to survive the day. No mother should ever have to say, or even think these thoughts, and no child should ever suffer these harsh consequences to settle disputes they have played no part in—we need to intervene to save the innocent who have become the spilt blood on their leader's hands.
On the 15th of March 2011 the bloodshed began, due to a failing government headed by President Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces disputing the handling of the country and by the end of that year alone almost 8,000 individuals had been brutally killed. The murder of innocent, hard-working citizens has continued, and the death toll now sits at 400,000 with the Syrian Centre for Policy Research stating that 11.5 percent of the Syrian population has been injured or killed. This war has ripped a country, and individuals, to shreds. The horror doesn't stop there, however, many of the fatalities are children, some of the worst hit by this conflict are those who cannot defend themselves, and no know different to growing up in a war zone with 2,298 child fatalities in 2017 alone—their whole lives have been torture. But we must also remember these are people, not numbers; people with lives, educations, families and friends who are being killed in the most brutal way possible through no fault of their own - this inhumanity needs to be stopped, for the sake of humanity itself.
Aside from the brutal bombardment of barrel bombs, chemical attacks and cluster munitions Syrians routinely die of starvation and a lack of medical attention. Ghouta is the prime example of this having been cut off from the rest of the world for five years, abandoned, starving and left to fend for themselves, families hide, petrified in basements for weeks at a time to avoid the pain and suffering that lies above ground. Raed Al Saleh, writing in the Guardian has stated that brave individuals have had to set up a 'White Helmets' organisation, volunteers leave their own starving families, to rescue others left desperately screaming under rubble. But why have Syrians who are also in this grave situation been inspired to aid their fellow countrymen? Due to a lack of help. A lack of support. The most powerful countries in the world watch on, view the suffering from a safe distance, they don't need help—not yet. This is not true, Syrians need all the help they can get, to prevent the suffering, break the siege and evacuate those who are crying out for our help, without this the Syrian people will continue to blame world leaders who watch on at the continuous pain and suffering that can be stopped.
Vladimir Putin. Assad. Names that strike fear into many across the world, yet these figureheads are the ones controlling the war in Syria. Since 2011 Russia has vetoed eleven draft resolutions calling for a ceasefire in Syria, spelling out clearly Putin's support for Assad and the continued massacre of hundreds of thousands. Even once the UN security council voted unanimously for a month long Syrian cease-fire, the bombings continued. Such was their confidence that no action could be taken against them, just hours after the cease-fire was agreed upon the bombings once more started again with over 500 people being killed in Eastern Ghouta. Without the intervention of the Western 'superpowers' these actions will continue, death tolls will continue to rise and anxiety and fear on behalf of the Syrian people will continue to mount. Sufficient pressure must be put upon countries such as the U.S to save the millions trapped inside a warzone.
Those who do escape are labelled with the title—refugee. According to Mercy Corps, a humanitarian aid agency, there are 6.1 million displaced Syrians worldwide, escaping their homes to seek relative safety away from the rampaging war that is ripping through their country, yet they are not greeted with open arms having escaped the torment they were subjected to. Many face a struggle to be granted asylum, and many more perish before this point, trying to escape their situation, they attempt any exit point with hundreds dying as they flee by boat. Surrounding countries who struggle economically already as a result become flooded with starving, poor and injured Syrians whom they are unable to support, with 1 in 6 people in Lebanon a Syrian refugee. Whilst some effort has been made to allow Syrian refugees into prosperous countries in Europe, only around 1 million have been granted asylum, and as such 1/6 of those who have escaped from Syria are trapped in the middle east. European countries need to do more to help those who are in desperate need of a new country to call home. The reality is that after escaping a worn torn country they are forced into living in camps or on the streets, surely this cannot be regarded as being fair?
The actions taking place in Syria are morally wrong, humans are being treated as less than so, living in fear and isolation and as such Western intervention on humanitarian grounds needs to be attempted to show the morality and compassion of nations across the globe. Such action needs to be taken place against the clear breaches of human rights, to rescue those whose lives are being torn away from them by individual leaders settling disputes at the cost of the lives of innocent civilians.
Some may argue why the west should intervene and risk our own troops' lives; yet seeking the liberation for those trapped in this situation can save the lives of millions. The use of military force may also not be necessary, as if sufficient restrictions are put in place the ability to cause such devastating harm will be lost, and the safety of the worst hit can be achieved through the work of humanitarian charities, as the strength of a Syrian minority has shown.
The Syrian people have found enough strength to scream out for help, why can't we come to their aid?