Update On Ghouta, In The Syrian Conflict where 400, 000 civilians are trapped.
Finally the world has turned its spotlight on Ghouta, Damascus, Syria where a humanitarian crisis is unfolding. It was Vision’s perspective dated Tuesday, February 20, 2018 that the United Nations likely saw that touched the International conscience.
We were not afraid to name and shame the UN. This has spurred them into action. The Russians, one of the perpetrators of the human tragedy and conflict in Ghouta has called for a meeting at the United Nations to discuss the crisis. This is a bit late in the day, but better late than never. Lives, especially the helpless vulnerable children will be saved.
In Ghouta, Syria … some 400, 000 civilians are trapped. A humanitarian corridor must be opened now.
Our only interest in the matter to see an end to this human suffering and avert a humanitarian crisis. There is tbis potential for genocide the likes of which the world has seen before. We all remember the atrocities that led to the break up of Yugoslavia. The world stood by and did very little until it was too late. This was after the massacre of innocent civilians. The Serbs were fingered along with their Generals et al . They were subsequently hauled before the War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague. This war which started about 1991 and ended about 2010 … killing between 130, 000 -140, 000 and displacing approximately (4,000,000) four million. A human tragedy indeed. The first UN recognized genocide since World War 2.
Ethic cleansing and rape were among the atrocities committed.
We can do without this conflict escalating and atrocities repeating to shameful levels. Should we not?
We welcome and await the UN intervention. Let us give peace a chance.
In this our final perspective on this chapter of this sordid situation in Ghouta we just wish to add that we never underestimate the power of the pen over the sword. Vision Newspaper is proud of our role in exposing this Syrian conflict. We do not gloat. The White Caps need a break.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior International Correspondent & Photojournalist for Vision Newspaper Canada.