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Can’t we stop Syrian conflict?

Published:Friday | August 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

While many of us are glued to our television sets in the safety of our homes celebrating the successes of our athletes at the Rio Olympics, darkness and terror reign in a world not that far away where there is nothing to smile about.

The haunting picture of a young Syrian boy rescued from a partially destroyed building in Aleppo has disturbed many of us. The image of a dazed-looking boy has been etched in our memories. The Syrian war has gone on for more than five years, with no end in sight. The United Nations has been unable to get both sides of the conflict to commit to guarantee safe passage for convoys with food and medicine to reach those who are suffering in a conflict that has displaced millions of Syrians and contributed immensely to the international refugee crisis.

The rules of the Geneva Convention have been flouted by all warring parties. It is rather disturbing that despite the many wars the world has witnessed, we have not learnt the lessons from armed conflict. It is unfortunate that grown men, many of whom are referred to as global statesmen, have allowed their egos and pride to get in the way of them arriving at a solution for the humanitarian crisis.

Women and children are more at risk and vulnerable in times of war. Sadly, only a few days ago, a hospital operated by Doctors without Borders in Northern Yemen was bombed by a Saudi Arabia coalition, killing a number of children.

What will it take to stir the collective consciousness of our global leaders into action? What will it take for the world to wake up and say enough is enough?

WAYNE CAMPBELL