Muhammad Najem

A Call for Humanity: Stand with the People of Syria

on Monday, July 10, a crucial UN mandate for the entry of life-saving humanitarian aid across the border into northwestern Syria is set to expire. It is disheartening to witness how the plight of the Syrian people has become entangled in politics, particularly due to the continued exploitation of the aid file by Russia, without due regard for the fundamental principles of humanity. This issue has now become a matter of concern for the Security Council, whose responsibility is to maintain international peace and security.

The humanitarian crisis that continues to unfold in Syria is a stark reflection of the absence of a political solution and the international community’s disregard for the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2254. The Syrian people yearn for the opportunity to return to their homes, escape the tragic conditions of displacement camps deprived of life’s basic necessities, and rebuild their shattered lives after enduring twelve long years of devastating conflict.

Throughout this period, Syria’s infrastructure, buildings, and cities have been ravaged, leaving them in a state of near-complete destruction. While the Syrian regime has regained control over many areas, a humanitarian crisis has emerged as Russia and China have waged a war against Syrian civilians in regions beyond the regime’s influence. Regrettably, this war is not fought on the ground but rather through the political dynamics of a council that includes members from European countries.

The use of veto power by Russia and China has resulted in the blocking of crucial efforts to provide essential aid to the suffering civilians. Consequently, countless Syrians now face the harsh reality of starvation and struggle to meet their most basic needs. It is a tragic irony that humanitarian aid, which should be impartial and solely aimed at alleviating the consequences of war, has been reduced to a bargaining chip, dependent on votes and meetings. This politicization of aid not only disheartens us but also raises serious questions about the core principles of humanitarian assistance.

Consider for a moment the aid provided to Ukraine. It is highly unlikely that Russia or the Syrian regime would permit a similar level of assistance. Yet, the people of Syria are no less deserving of our support and compassion. The situation in Syria demands immediate attention.

The current agreement, allowing humanitarian aid to enter through the Bab al-Hawa crossing into opposition-controlled areas, stands at the edge of expiration. However, Russia and China oppose the renewal of this agreement. Instead, they propose aid to be delivered through crossings controlled by the Syrian regime. This proposal is deeply concerning due to the regime’s history of misusing aid, diverting it for personal gain, and even selling it on the black market. Recent events, such as the earthquake in Syria and Turkey, have shed light on this distressing reality, with reports emerging of aid being sold instead of reaching those in dire need. Sadly, history suggests that this proposal will likely be rejected, further prolonging the suffering of innocent civilians.

Therefore, it is of utmost importance that we adopt a resolute and unwavering stance. We must push for a more persistent approach, including the revision of existing laws, and strive to extend aid for as long as possible. The international community must unite in unequivocally condemning the actions of Russia and China, urging them to prioritize the well-being of the Syrian people above their political interests.

Our duty as fellow human beings is to stand by the people of Syria and alleviate their suffering. Let us demonstrate unwavering support and assure them that we will remain steadfast, regardless of the challenges they face. We must be a beacon of hope and remind them that they are not alone in their struggle for survival and a better future.

Together, we can make a difference. Join us in raising our voices, demanding change, and urging for a humanitarian response that transcends political agendas. Let compassion guide our actions and let humanity prevail in the face of adversity. The time to act is now.

3 responses to “A Call for Humanity: Stand with the People of Syria”

  1. The poor people of Syria are innocent, they deserve food, shelter, water & warm clothing. But for God’s grace it could be you or your family. Please help them. They are good people & have not done anything wrong. Women, children & old people do not deserve to be abandoned.

  2. Show humanity and act fast to fill the needs of Syrians . They are human beings like us and they deserve to be treated according to that . Don’t let anyone or anything to delay humanitarian aid for the needy . We are all equal! Regards from Finland!

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