Aid allowed into beseiged areas in Syria as full-scale attack begins

According to CNN, aid organizations, like the Red Cross and Red Crescent, are now allowed to enter Baba Amr in order to give food and medical supplies to those living in the besieged area.

This progress comes at a time when the Syrian regime has moved into Baba Amr with full force, killing anyone and everyone. The Free Syrian Army has retreated from the neighborhood in an attempt to save civilians’ lives. But it has made no difference, the government army is still killing masses of people.

For instance, 17 people were beheaded or partially beheaded in a farm on the outskirts of the neighborhood, according to the article. And hundreds of bodies plague the streets.

The Syrian government has ignored a UN Human Rights Council resolution that condemned “Syria’s ‘widespread and systematic violations of human rights’ and called on the regime to permit aid groups in to distribute relief.”

This is what I was afraid of. The regime has gained too much power and it has been affirmed time and time again that their bloodshed is OK. Now, it is too late. The Syrian government is not going to listen to UN resolutions or non-binding agreements. They will only answer to one thing now: violence.

The UN needs to act quickly and decide whether to militarily intervene or to continue to find a peaceful resolution. This is a double edge sword because either way the question becomes: how many more lives will be lost?


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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