Make no mistake, until the children are liberated from the battle zones of Syria, we are their judge, jury, and executioner. All of us. No one is guiltless.
To be graphic, every last baby which has been incinerated by the flames of kerosene and napalm is our responsibility. Every baby who has been ripped to soft shreds by the shrapnel of grenades is our responsibility. We are responsible for those precious beings who choke to death on the fumes of purple haze chemicals. And for every baby that is pinned to the basement floor by falling asphalt and exploding bricks, we are responsible. This is the world that we have created for these children. This is the world that we have allowed to become so sedated, empty, vicious, and wasteful.
The world is witnessing a holocaust. Complicit in this crime against humanity, we have all become bystanders to the century’s first genocide. The U.N. estimates about 400,000 people have been killed since the war first started back in March 2011. Over 50,000 children have been slaughtered. In fact, the UN does not even keep track of the death toll due to the inaccessibility of many areas and the complications of navigating conflicting statistics put forward by the Syrian government and armed opposition groups.
We do know that in 2016, the United Nations identified 13.5 million Syrians requiring humanitarian assistance, of which more than 6 million are internally displaced within Syria, and over 4.8 million are refugees outside of Syria. Along with government-backed assaults, drone strikes and independent killings led by rebel forces, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported atrocities happening against children that are unimaginable even by the ghastly standards of modern warfare.