The civil war in Syria has turned the country into a land of “Devastation and Destruction” where hundreds of thousands of people have lost their lives without knowing their mistake or offence. Millions of people are forced to leave their homeland to seek shelter in neighboring countries Jordan and Lebanon and are facing severe humanitarian crises.
More than one third Syrians are looking for food, medicines and other necessities of life on immediate basis whereas more than 1.5 million refugees (estimated) in neighboring countries are fighting against almost everything to save their lives. The numbers may go up further but the neighboring countries are aiming to block entry to tens thousands of people due to their own reasons. They need badly and urgently everything to remain alive!
According to United Nation sources, about 70,000 people so far have been killed whereas millions displaced during the two-year-old uprising. Keeping aside the political and geo-strategic aspects of this war I just want to mention here the worsening situation of civilians for them this uprising is a bolt from the blue, thrashing all the dreams about future of their generations. I am seeing the biggest tragedy of another nation after Afghanis in my life.
Observers say the majority of refugees are women and children. Although these refugees are struggling bravely but the unrest has caused severe and chronic mental or emotional stress amongst them. Apart from the scarcity of basic necessities of life in refugee camps, majority of women and girls are forced for prostitution or facing serious threats of sexual violence and this inhuman situation is pushing them towards the tendency of holding early age marriages of their children.
Life is also not easy for those who are still living in war torn cities. Civilians have been cut off from water, electricity and life-saving medical supplies, especially in rebel-held areas where access is strictly denied. Heavy bombardment from either side has destroyed basic infrastructure of the cities. Syria’s national production has fallen by 40% and the number of people living below the poverty line has increased from two million to five million in just two years,
The uprising in Syria is a major humanitarian disaster of the 21st century so far. Millions of innocent Syrians need immediate assistance and everyday their needs are growing but the response from the outside world is insufficient and very slow. A widening gap can be seen between the needs and resources available.
According to UN sources, if the war continues in Syria, then it is estimated that 15% of the Syrian population will be forced to become refugee by end of this year and if war stops immediately then rebuilding process will cost more than US $ 80 billion.
Whatever news comes from Syria or outside Syria in international media are about how to get rid of Bashar-ul-Asad regime or how to support rebels by supplying arms or to plan for military intervention to intensify the conflict but very few voices are raised for those poor civilians who are now living in refugee camps or are deciding to leave their homeland to save their lives or in search of food and other commodities. This ruthless power game or controlling and capturing Syria from either side is enough to show the ugly face of escalating civil war in Syria.