The startling violence in Syria is not new news, but something that continues to sicken the world as it watches. With all kinds of complications, helping the Syrian coalition that has risen to challenge the violent dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad has turned into a chess match. And unless you’ve been avoiding all news, you’ve heard about Asma al-Assad and the interesting role she plays (or refuses to play) in this conflict.
Our partners at Polaris have put together a stunning collection of images showing some of the refugees from the conflict living in the refugee camps away from the fighting. The pictures show families and children and are a haunting reminder of the toll any conflict can take on the people living in the midst of it.
Starting in 2011, citizens took to the streets to peacefully protest the torture of students who had put up anti-government graffiti. The violent response by the government was sickening, something that the United Nations condemned. As time went on, a coalition formed in November of 2012 in hopes of seeking Western military help. One of our partner’s photographers spent 18 Days with the Syrian Rebels.
However, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has blocked the United Nations from coming to the aid of the coalition for a number of reasons. One is that Syria has been a long time ally to Russia, but the bigger reason is one that has stopped even the U.S. from making many moves.
Recently the Obama administration has been making its own moves. Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced $60 million in aid and more food and medicine to be delivered to the rebels; however, they are still withholding weapons, bullet proof vests, and night vision goggles. This is what makes the situation a chess match– if the U.S. was to provide aid, then the new Syrian government after toppling the Assads would most likely become U.S. allies, something everyone would hope for. But on the other hand, the radical Islamist terrorists could use our own materials against the U.S. to harm the American people.
The United Nations estimates as of the end of February 2013 that 70,000 people made up mostly of citizens have been killed, two million have been displaced, and more than four million need assistance. With all of these numbers in mind, take a look through these pictures then follow us back to Newscom to find even more.
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