The Syrian civil war has descended into a humanitarian crisis. For most of the past three years more than 100 children have died each week. More than 50% of the country’s population are now reliant on aid from foreign governments. Lebanon population shows the number of people that have been displaced by the war. It is now the biggest refugee crisis in history. That alone should be major cause for concern. When a country breaks apart during a Civil War it can take generations to mend the emotional, structural and economical damage.
Bosnia is perhaps an example of how a country can come back from a civil war although there are signs that that the population is growing tired of the on-going corruption and stagnating economic situation within the country. However, Bosnia has been able to call upon help from the EU and the USA, the two richest trading blocks in the world. Syria is unlikely to see anything like the amount of aid that Bosnia and the rest of the Balkan countries have received, unless a pro-western government is elected or installed with the help of NATO.
There is the tragic story of the English doctor, who was killed after going out to the Middle East in order to help those that were in need. But which story symbolises the tragedy of Syria more than any other? What about the four years old who was travelling alone to Syria because the rest of her family had been taken from her. Or the children who have been forced to eat raw dog and are being starved out by the government deliberately?
Fawaz Gofari is the chair of the Syrian Community Association in Leeds says that some Syrian refugees here in Leeds are living on as little as £5 a day and says that the Home office is doing little to help the situation.
Some Syrian refugees are living in misery as many of them lost their family members, their houses with only their clothes on their back.
Fawaz explained that his family had been split by the crisis,
My wife and children have been deprived from seeing their grandfather as the Home Office refused to issue a visa for him.
He then went on to accuse the British government of welcoming the very people who had torn his country apart.
Ever since the beginning of the Syrian Crisis there has been questions over Western Governments response to the crisis and Fawaz is one of those who accuse the West of hypocrisy. He said:
Can you tell me why the western countries went to war with Iraq over alleged evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction that now appears to be a lie, and yet Bashar AL- Assad and his regime have admitted having these sorts of weapons, and have used them nobody does anything?
It is a question that needs an answer.