Support is our weapon in Syria
The video of Syrian child Omran Daqneesh, pulled alive from rubble in Aleppo, is a reminder of the crimes committed in Syria every day
The video of Syrian child Omran Daqneesh, pulled alive from rubble in Aleppo, is a reminder of the crimes committed in Syria every day, including deliberate acts of extermination by the regime and Iran, which are supported by Russia and militias such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
When we watch the video and see photos of other tragedies every day, we remember these criminals against humanity and our duty to the victims, who are the Syrian people in all its components.
The tragedy has been ongoing for five years, Daqneesh’s age. Five years of murder, displacement and broken promises. The least we can do is support those in need by offering, delivering and financing aid, whether from individuals, governments or humanitarian centers.
This does not mean we must open the door to traders of tragedies and war thieves, including ideological groups, fake institutions and governments that confiscate refugees’ food, blankets and medicines. Such governments turn a blind eye to their own people, who exploit the refugees in their camps or when crossing borders, impose taxes on them and on aid.
Supporting the Syrian people is a great job that will defeat the genocide project, save millions of displaced people and heal thousands of injured individualsAbdulrahman al-Rashed
Millions of Syrians inside their country, as well as millions of refugees, are living in deplorable conditions. Relief operations are the source of life for most Syrians. Some Arab and foreign relief organizations have done a lot and will always be appreciated, but their number is limited compared to the size of the need and tragedy.
Unfortunately, some organizations came to profit and trade, and others to take advantage of people’s need by forcing them to become extremists who hate their families and society, and are pawns in the hands of terrorist leaders.
Daqneesh, his face covered in blood and dirt, is one of thousands, but their photos and stories are not publicized. This is the life of an oppressed population living in a state of war launched by the most violent regimes in the world, in front other forces that have ignored the destiny of a whole nation being murdered and displaced.
The war started several years ago and may last many more. Our duty is to support the people or at least help them, even if slightly, to stay alive and ease their suffering. We urge governments sympathetic to the Syrian people to grant them more exceptions and offer them job opportunities so they can support their families, buy products, and have a chance at a decent life until the gloom is dispelled.
Supporting the Syrian people is a great job that will defeat the genocide project, save millions of displaced people and heal thousands of injured individuals. Their resistance will win against all the forces that stand against them and will do the same against the region’s other populations.
This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat on Aug. 19, 2016.
Abdulrahman al-Rashed is the former General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. A veteran and internationally acclaimed journalist, he is a former editor-in-chief of the London-based leading Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, where he still regularly writes a political column. He has also served as the editor of Asharq al-Awsat’s sister publication, al-Majalla. Throughout his career, Rashed has interviewed several world leaders, with his articles garnering worldwide recognition, and he has successfully led Al Arabiya to the highly regarded, thriving and influential position it is in today. He tweets @aalrashed