Peace may seem out of reach, but there are things we can do – help refugees; try to salvage the ceasefire; seek a deal with Russia. Time is of the essence
Last night, a smoking convoy of trucks laden with desperately needed food and humanitarian aid symbolised the end of the ceasefire in Syria. The cessation of hostilities lasted barely a week. The agreement brokered by the US and Russia seemed like a positive step, coming hard on the heels of the publication of a transition plan from the opposition Syrian High Negotiation Committee (HNC) just a few weeks ago in London. But in the callous targeting of civilian aid – a war crime if it is shown to be deliberate – the Syrian regime has shown that it is not interested in peace, only suffering.