Muhammad Najem

Blocked Aid, Starving Syrians The Consequences of Veto Power

After enduring 12 years of devastating military in Syria, the country’s infrastructure, buildings, and cities have been left in ruins. The Syrian regime’s control over various areas has triggered a humanitarian crisis, as both Russia and China engage in a war against Syrian civilians outside the regime’s jurisdiction. Shockingly, this war is waged not on the ground, but rather through a council involving European countries.

Russia and China’s veto power has allowed them to obstruct critical efforts to provide essential aid to suffering civilians. As a result, countless Syrians face starvation and struggle to meet their basic needs. The tragic reality is that humanitarian aid, meant to be impartial and solely aimed at alleviating the consequences of war, has become a bargaining chip, subjected to votes and meetings, further prolonging the suffering of civilians. This politicization of aid is disheartening, raising fundamental questions about the principles of humanitarian assistance. If we consider the aid provided to Ukraine, it is evident that Russia and the Syrian regime would be unlikely to grant similar assistance. Yet, the situation in Syria warrants immediate attention.

The current agreement, which enables humanitarian aid to enter through the Bab al-Hawa crossing into opposition-controlled areas, is set to expire on Monday, 10/7. Unfortunately, Russia and China oppose renewing this agreement, proposing instead that aid be delivered through crossings controlled by the Syrian regime. This is deeply concerning due to the regime’s history of mishandling aid, diverting it for personal gain, and even selling it on the black market. The recent earthquake in Syria and Turkey only exposed this issue further, with reports surfacing of aid being sold rather than reaching those in desperate need. Unfortunately, it is anticipated that, as in the past, the proposal will be rejected. Therefore, a determined and persistent approach is essential, including revising existing laws and striving to extend aid for as long as possible.

The international community must condemn the actions of Russia and China, urging them to prioritize the well-being of Syrian civilians over their political interests. The people of Syria are in desperate need of our assistance, and it is our moral duty to stand with them and alleviate their suffering. Let us demonstrate unwavering support, assuring them that we will be there to help, no matter the challenges they face. Together, we can make a difference and be a beacon of hope for Syria’s future.

Join us in raising our voices, demanding change, and advocating for a humanitarian response that transcends political agendas. Let compassion guide our actions as we strive to ensure that humanity prevails in the face of adversity. The time to act is now.


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