Syrian Crisis began in 2011, after 15 school children were arrested and tortured for painting anti-government graffiti on the walls. People started protesting for their release, these protesters wanted democracy and greater freedom. But the Government reacted brutally, killing four people on 18 March 2011 and then they shot at mourners at the funerals of the victims the very next day. This gave the spark to the flame of revolution among the Syrians, they wanted the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to resign whose family has held the presidency in Syria since 1971. The president refused from stepping down and the Syrian war broke out. In August 2013, a chemical attack took place in Ghouta just outside the Syrian capital Damascus, the suburb was struck by rockets containing ‘Sarin’, a nerve agent and killing hundreds in the attack. The Syrian army used Cluster bombs, Suicide bombings, missiles and what not!
According to the UN more than one million people died and two million people fled away from Syria in the conflict between Baath government and those forces who want him to back off. The problems in Syria now are multifarious. People have no food to eat, children have no play no study, and refugees have no proper facilities, more recently there were many cases of malnutrition reported. The undying bloodshed leaves people with no peace. The involvement of powerful nations leaves the problems in Syria unresolved. The United Nations has taken up ‘United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS) but even this couldn’t hold back the escalating violence.
Recently the picture of three Syrian men and a lion appeared on social media. In this image, one man holds the animals head and the other two butchering it, which was taken in the Al-Qarya al-Shama Zoo in East Ghouta. Though the picture is not independently verified, it clearly shows the Desperation of Syrians. The population is suffering from food shortages,evident from this picture, how helpless the public is. Syrian clerics issued fatwa last month, that people could eat cats, dogs and donkeys to reduce their hunger. It is a lucid reflection of the wretched life of the Syirans.
It is agonizing to watch the misery in Syria. The world needs to pay attention for the humanitarian relief; an absolute peacekeeping mission has to be taken up to iron out the Syrian crisis. War is not beneficial to anyone; everyone loses one thing or the other, if not life or property then peace! A conflict is avoided by making sacrifices on both sides. When every one makes a sacrifice for the sake of peace then, any enmity can be evaded.