It is time for the sternest leaders to find some humanity and help Syria’s starving innocents
World leaders are meeting this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos. When they’ve finished counting their money, perhaps they could spare a moment to discuss the children of Syria. These innocents have been bombed, gassed and starved for four years in Ghouta and elsewhere, and it is time for even the sternest of leaders to search their souls for some humanity. The children bear no blame for this dreadful civil war, and they are our only hope for a better Syria.
As directors of Doctors Under Fire and advisers to the Union of Syrian Medical Charities (UOSSM), we and others persuaded the Russian government and the Syrian regime to allow nine children with curable cancer and 20 others out of Ghouta over Christmas; they will now live, but there are many others who might not. We also managed to do the same for 500 children in Aleppo on 16 December. We understand that the Russians, and in particular the foreign secretary, Sergei Lavrov, intervened directly with President Assad to make the evacuations of children happen. A few people have described our requests as appeasement of the Assad regime, but we have witnessed enough terror in the war zones of the world over the last 30 years to see things differently. This is pragmatic humanity. We want to give hope to a generation so completely let down by their own and global leaders.
The slaughter of the children of Ghouta is a disgrace to all, on all sides of this conflict.