What is the international community waiting for! We must act NOW!

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According to CNN, Ali, who is trained to be a doctor and is assisting people in makeshift clinics in Baba Amr, said “everyone is waiting for their turn to die.”

Since China and Russia vetoed the UN Security Council’s draft resolution that would have called for the removal of as-Assad from power, all hell has broken loose. Hundreds have died this week, including over 100 on Thursday alone, and that has only been exemplified by the fact that there is no medical treatment available.

Ali told CNN, “All I have is gauze, bandages, old stitches and few antiseptic wipes.” He does not have any surgical equipment.

On top of this, water and food supplies are running out. And no one can get to the city to give them more.

According to the article, “Danny, an activist, says time is running out for the people of Baba Amr. The water tanks were hit earlier. What will people drink? They still have some bread, though it’s hard and dry. And scraps of cold cuts. Maybe enough for two days, he says.”

Danny predicts that by tomorrow it will be over. The Syrian army would have landed in Baba Amr and its citizens would all be dead.

In Syria, but especially in Homs, everyone is fearing for their lives. No one is safe from this wrath.

People wait in silence. No one moves, because if they do they will be killed. Everyone waits, hoping that this moment will not be their last.

The international community needs to act now! A peaceful negotiation has failed. But so what, it is still our duty to help these innocent people before they are all slaughtered. They are pleading for us to save them.They are helpless and are just waiting to die.

We cannot let this be their fate.

We CANNOT turn our backs on them or sit idly and wait until it is over. We have to act. We have to do something before this country collapses in on itself and before it is too late.


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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