Child found amongst dead relatives in a rescue mission in Homs

According to CNN, a child was found amongst his dead relatives during a rescue of the “martyrs” bodies in Homs.

A group of nine men moved across rooftops and climbed through a hole in the wall to get to this families house. They wanted to rescue the bodies.

During this operation, they videotaped what they saw. The video shows that about a dozen of the child’s family members were killed in a brutal massacre carried out by al-Assad’s regime.

According to the article:

When they reach the house, they come across a grisly find: the body of a woman lying face down on the carpet.

In an adjacent room, they find more bodies next to each other in a corner, as though they had been trying to hide. One of them, a child, lays with his face frozen in fear, mouth open and arms outstretched.

On his chest leans another body, its head covered in a khaki-colored cloth. A third body, with its head covered in a black cloth, leans against the second.

Beside the pile of bodies, about a foot above the slumped third body, the white wall is splattered red.

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I know I have said it before, but this bloodshed needs to end! The international community can no longer think about what it is going to do or wait for other countries to do something first. They must ACT now. This level of bloodshed and the brutality of it is incomprehensible. So many videos have been circulating on this bloodshed and many first hand accounts have been told, yet the international community has been slow to act. Now, I understand that there are protocols with the U.N. and other countries are hesitant about intervening, but this is unacceptable. Screw protocols and being hesitant. Russia and China are going to keep blocking U.N. Security Council attempts to intervene or refer al-Assad to the ICC. So, in that regard NOTHING is going to get accomplished.

And for individual countries, like France and U.S., who want to intervene but are hesitant and waiting for the U.N. to make its first move, all I have to say is: making no move is worst then taking action to intervene and failing. By doing nothing we are allowing al-Assad to continue his wrath and reaffirming to him that this brutality is almost acceptable.

It is time we ACT before there is nothing or no one left to save.

 

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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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