A look into Syria’s turmoil: who will help them?


On Sunday, China and Russia vetoed the U.N Security Council’s draft resolution that would have backed an Arab plan calling for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad, according to the Huffington Post.

With the veto, al-Assad and his army essentially took that as a confirmation that they could escalate the violence. The death toll is mounting, with countless civilian men, women and children bearing the brunt of the attacks. No one is safe.

Feb. 6 2012: families seek shelter from rocket attacks in Bab Amur. photo and caption from lightbox.time.com/

According to CNN, those who are injured are sent to less than par clinics because one hospital was hit by a rocket and the other is now under al-Assad’s control.

According to the article, on Tuesday, Russia’s foreign minister said that the Syrian president was committed to ending the violence. However, since then, at least 47 people were killed in Homs, according to an opposition activist group.

It disheartens me to know that because of two countries, the people of Syria are in even more danger than before. We could have seen a light at the end of the tunnel; instead, the 11-month clash between al-Assad’s army and the Free Syria Army has escalated and is now seeing an unprecedented amount of violence.

The international community needs to act fast and help the people of Syria because no one is safe from al-Assad’s wrath.


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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