World Humanitarian Day

Why we should be interested in the sufferings of the Syrian people

by Lina Koch,  2014/08/19

When we talk about the conflict in Syria, we talk about a war, the death casualties of which are no longer counted because of its confuse character. A war which has dislodged millions of people from their home country, fleeing for fear of death and violence. A war which has plunged a whole region into a humanitarian crisis and, yes, also a war which seems being no longer interesting to the whole world.

The United Nations are trying hard to fill the big financial gap. Only poor 43 percent of the total demand in humanitarian aid could be reached up to now. An important 57 percent have to be raised until the end of this year. The great “How?” of this plan remains unanswered.

These days, the world seems to watch other trouble spots. Places where the murdering is even crueler, the persecution more spectacular, history even more exciting.

Today, the news about the conflict in Syria make nobody listen attentively any longer. Too often, pictures of bombed-out cities and fleeing Syrian families have already flickered across the screen. In sizzling times like these, it knocks no one off their feet any more.

The length and the complexity of this conflict give it the crowning blow. For three and a half years now, the war in Syria has been dragging on, which the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Gutierres has called the biggest tragedy of the century.

For third parties like us and even if we follow the news regularly, it is hardly comprehensible that the chances for peace are decreasing and the gap between the conflicting parties is widening steadily. Which groups belong to the opposition? And who is in fact supporting who?

In addition to this general confusion, there is the inquiry into the question of guilt for the war. Whereas catastrophes of other kinds, be it natural catastrophes or accidents, generate a wave of undoubtedly legitimate and, at the same time, urgently needed empathy and helpfulness, it seems that the empathy is kept to a minimum in case of belligerent conflicts. After all, there are culprits in Syria, groups which are responsible for the suffering of the civilian population.

But what is left after this argumentation? After the conclusion that the Syrian civil war, this violent conflict which we mainly only know about through the media, has meanwhile become a trivial and abstract part of the 8 o’clock news for us?

What is left over is our responsibility for people in need. Because of our cosmopolitan ambitions and our lucky life circumstances, it is our obligation to deal with a conflict of such extent and to find ways to help the innocent victims of this war. “Our responsibility is bigger than the things we do”, the often used quote of the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier puts it in a nutshell.

People like you, dear friends and sponsors, enable humedica to meet this responsibility. In order to help Syrian refugees, voluntary humedica teams of doctors have been working in Lebanon since 2012, where up to this day 1.2 million of the nearly three million fleeing Syrians have searched shelter of the violence in their home country. These efforts have been completed by comprehensive distributions of aid supplies in Iraq and also in Syria itself.

Yet, the war and the suffering in Syria continue and with every new day and with every further refugee the need of humanitarian aid increases. It lies in the hands of every single one of us to assure that this help can continue and be extended.

That is why I want to ask you today: Deal with the conflict in Syria, take away its mask of the eternally same news and show responsibility. Thank you very much!

The Syrian refugees’ need doesn’t wait. Please show responsibility and help today. Thank you very much! Photo: humedica/Lina Koch

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