Stop using Syria, help instead

2016-01-13 06:00

DURING the December holidays, friends and I travelled to Kilis and Reyhanli, near the Syrian border, where we met refugees, orphans, widows, injured people and aid workers.

Their experiences and narratives are heart-breaking, saddening, and too gruesome to pen. My visit to the border towns between Turkey and Syria allowed me to see first-hand the lived realities. Their painful and touching stories and the fear in which they live made me understand why some of them are willing to risk their lives and those of their children to cross the Aegan coast to reach Greece.

It’s been more than five years since the Syrian civil war started, and there seems to be no solution in sight.

If global leaders had acted constructively when the unarmed uprising started against the brutal rule of Bashar Assad, it is possible that there might have been no refugee crisis today, but instead of supporting the legitimate rebellion against dictatorship, tyranny and a lack of human rights, the global leaders turned Syria into a geopolitical chessboard to suit their own narrow interests, greed for power and domination, without concern for the civilian population.

The Syrians we met in Turkey want the international community to help them find an amicable solution to the crisis in order for them to return home.


MOHAMED SAEED

Pietermaritzburg

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