En appel om å stoppe lidelserne i Syrien

04 08 2014Homs Syria

04 08 2014Homs Syria

21.01.2016 – For tre år siden udsendte lederne af FN’s humanitære organisationer en indtrængende appel til dem, som havde mulighed for at stoppe konflikten i Syrien. De efterspurgte alle bestræbelser for at redde det syriske folk. ”Nu er det nok,” sagde de, med lidelser og blodsudgydelser.

Det var tre år siden.

Nu nærmer krigen sig sit sjette brutale år. Blodsudgydelserne fortsætter. Lidelserne bliver dybere.

08 16 2013syriarefugeesSå i dag appellerer vi – ledere af humanitære organisationer og FN agenturer– ikke kun til regeringer men til hver enkelt af jer – borgere rundt omkring i verden – om at bruge jeres stemme og opfordre til at gøre en ende på dette blodbad. At opfordre til, at alle parter når en aftale om våbenhvile og en vej frem mod fred.

Mere en nogensinde før har verden brug for at høre en fælles stemme, der opfordrer til at gøre en ende på disse uhyrligheder. Fordi denne konflikt og dens konsekvenser berører os alle.

Den berører dem i Syrien, som har mistet deres kære og levebrød, som er blevet fordrevet fra deres hjem, eller som lever i desperation under belejring. I dag er omkring 13,5 millioner mennesker i Syrien afhængige af humanitær bistand. Det er ikke blot statistik. Det er 13,5 millioner individuelle mennesker, hvis liv og fremtid er i fare.

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Den berører de familier som, med få muligheder for en bedre fremtid, sætter ud på farefulde rejser til fremmede lande i søgen efter sikkerhed. Krigen har sendt 4,6 millioner mennesker på flugt til nabolande og videre ud i verden.

Den berører en generation af børn og unge mennesker, der – berøvet uddannelse og traumatiseret af de rædsler de har oplevet – i stigende grad ser deres fremtid formet udelukkende af vold.

Den berører dem langt uden for Syrien, der har set de voldsomme følger af krisen nå ud i gader, kontorer og restauranter tættere på deres hjem.

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Og den berører alle dem rundt omkring i verden, hvis økonomiske velbefindende påvirkes, synligt og usynligt, af konflikten.

De, som har mulighed for at stoppe lidelserne, kan og derfor bør skride til handling nu. Indtil der er en diplomatisk løsning på konflikten, bør sådanne handlinger omfatte:

–         Uhindret og vedvarende adgang for humanitære organisationer til at bringe humanitær assistance til alle i nød i Syrien

–         Humanitære pauser og betingelsesløse, kontrollerede våbenhviler for at tillade levering af fødevarer og anden vigtig assistance til civile, vaccinationer og andre sundhedstiltag og for at børnene kan vende tilbage til skole

–         Indstilling af angreb på civil infrastruktur, så skoler, hospitaler og vandforsyning beskyttes

–         Fri bevægelighed for alle borgere og øjeblikkelig ophævelse af alle belejringer af alle parter

Disse er praktiske foranstaltninger. Der er ingen praktisk årsag til at de ikke kan gennemføres, hvis viljen er til stede.

På vegne af vores fælles medmenneskelighed… for de millioner af uskyldige, som allerede har lidt så meget… og for de millioner hvis liv og fremtid er på spil, appellerer vi om handling nu.

Nu.

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