The headlines today concentrate on the aftermath of the pro-Morsi demonstration in Egypt. They paint a grim picture. Terrible thought they are, they provide a convenient “red herring” from the worst tragedy ever to befall an Arab nation in modern times.
In Egypt (and especially the Western media) there is huge weeping and wailing about the over 30 protesters killed by the army. These are sad events. These deaths will increase tensions within the state. For the families involved their loss must be terrible.
And yet, as we shed our tears, how easy it is to forget that in Syria:
- There are reports of well over 100,000 deaths counting all killed during this conflict civilian, rebels, and Assad‘s government.
- Many thousands of children are among the victims and a sizable percentage of the victims are children under ten years old
- The majority of tortures have happened to men and boys in government detention
- Both women and girls have been victims of sexual violence by government forces but also men and boys mostly in government detention by government officials.
- Some massacres like the Houla Massacre the majority of those intentionally targeted and killed have been women and children.
- Those displaced because of this conflict is greater then 2.5 million and in a country of about 22.5 million people that is even more significant.
- Aid is coming in from the UN, the US, many regional Countries, the UK, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, France, and Israel.
- However there is still is a great need of aid for the Syrian Refugees.