The siege of Madaya has become a big test for the conscience of our modern world. According to reports, the blockade began six months ago and as a result, 40,000 people are now suffering from lack of food. Women, children and old people are those worst affected by the crisis, and horrible pictures of dying people have started circulating on social media. Now, it’s seems that Bashar Al Assad has finally got the licence to kill with the help of Iran and Russia.
Despite the worsening situation, the world is doing nothing to stop it. Madaya serves as a proof of how Al Assad and his allies are using siege and starvation as a weapon of war. According to the United Nations (UN), 250,000 Syrians have died in the conflict during the last five years. Heavy use of air power has resulted in the destruction of various places, and what used to be beautiful buildings are now wreckage. More than 10.000 women and children have been killed as a result of heavy fighting in urban areas. In addition, three million people, with the majority of them being women and children, have been forced to leave their homes and migrate to neighbouring countries including Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.
Now, a large number of people are living in refugee camps without access to basic necessities. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the lack of food and unclean water is affecting children the most. However, despite the horrible destruction of the country and killings of thousands of people, the world is helpless. Divisions within the Security Council means that they are still not able to introduce a no-fly zone, nor can they assure the safety of Syrians.
However, it is not only Syria that has been affected by the crisis, everyone is paying a high price, including Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. Jordan is hosting 2.5 million Syrian refugees, which is half equal to its own population. Similarly, Lebanon is facing internal division between pro and rival Al Assad groups, which has resulted in several people losing their lives due to the heavy fighting.
KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ