Saturday, September 24, 2016
The UN must stop war crimes in Syria and help the White Helmets
Syrian people are killed by the terrorist government of Bashar al-Assad who drops barrel bombs on its people without any regard for human life. As I write, Assad's forces and Russian air force are pounding the city of Aleppo with bombs and missiles for the last three days. The White Helmet, a voluntary organization of first responders, are finding their task almost impossible to do under such a situation.
When the bombs rain down, the volunteers of the Syrian Civil Defence rush in. In a place where public services no longer function these unarmed volunteers risk their lives to help anyone in need - regardless of their religion or politics. Known as the White Helmets these volunteer rescue workers operate in the most dangerous place on earth.
As the conflict in Syria worsens, ordinary people are paying the highest price. More than 50 bombs and mortars a day land on some neighborhoods in Syria. Many are rusty barrels filled with nails and explosives, rolled out the back of government helicopters -- bakeries and markets are the most commonly hit targets. When this happens the White Helmets rush in to search for life in the rubble - fully aware that more bombs may fall on the same site. These volunteers have saved 60,000 lives - and this number is growing daily.
"Barrel bombs - sometimes filled with chlorine - are the biggest killer of civilians in Syria today. Our unarmed and neutral rescue workers have saved more than 60,000 people from the attacks in Syria, but there are many we cannot reach. There are children trapped in rubble we cannot hear. For them, the UN Security Council must follow through on its demand to stop the barrel bombs, by introducing a 'no-fly zone' if necessary." - Raed Saleh, head of the White Helmets, the Syrian Civil Defence.
The UN and its security council must stop the war crimes of the Syrian government so that civilian lives are secure.