It has been the worst year yet int he 4 year civil war in Syria. The scale of the humanitarian disaster is immense.
But Labour won’t lift a finger to help. they think we need to teach Syrians and Iraqis how to farm cows and grow crops…missing the point that Syria has been the hub of the fertile crescent for longer than people have lived in New Zealand.
The international agencies – including Save the Children and Oxfam – are criticising the UN Security Council for failing to alleviate the suffering of millions of people in Syria.
They said it had been the “worst year” for civilians as the conflict enters its fifth year.
Save the Children is calling on the New Zealand Government to use its seat on the UN Security Council to push for an end to the Syrian conflict, which has killed more than 200,000 people.
Its New Zealand chief executive, Heather Hayden, said now was the perfect chance for this country to influence the international community.
New Zealand’s Ambassador to the United Nations Jim McLay said last month the UN should focus on the Syrian conflict, especially helping with access to medical aid and addressing the indiscriminate attacks on civilians, including through the use of barrel bombs.
The report condemns the world’s most powerful countries for not having the will to enforce their own UN resolutions on the free flow of humanitarian aid to the victims.