On November 4 United Nations Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos informed the Security Council with incomprehensible data reports. Amos explained that more Syrians need humanitarian aid than ever before. The number of Syrians who need assistance rose from 6.8 million in June to 9.3 million today—nearly 40 percent of the population. Humanitarian aid is needed in areas concerning adequate health care and protection from violence within the nation.
United Nations reports that 22 children in Deir-al-Zor, a Syrian province bordering Iraq, were paralyzed in month of October alone, with a confirmed polio diagnosis in 10 of those children. Polio, among other outbreaks, is a result of how millions of Syrians haven’t received humanitarian assistance for almost a year.
While Syria has cooperated on a global scale in terms of its effort to eradicate chemical weapon development, the people of the country are suffering. Following a resolution on eliminating chemical weapons, the U.N. Security Council expressed an urgent concern for the Syrian people’s well being. Many aid agencies seeking to provide relief are hitting walls. They complain the Syrian government is obstructing the people’s access to visas, and setting bounds on the number of foreign assistance agencies allowed into Syria.
Inside the nation, there are currently 2.5 million people in either extremely overwhelming, or extremely isolated areas. The Syrian people are struggling, as they do not have adequate access to healthcare, food, and power.
According to the U.N., more than 2 million Syrians have fled to other nations since the Syrian Crisis first erupted in March 2011. Most of the people who fled, sought asylum in the nations of Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt. Lebanon holds the most refugees who fled Syria with refugee numbers at around 725,258 and growing. Although these nations are doing their best in welcoming refugees, many nations already are concerned they will need to stop the overwhelming influx at some point.
Due to lack of healthcare access and assistance, horrid civil war conditions, the Syria crisis, “continues to deteriorate rapidly and inexorably,” said Amos. In regards to the Syrian crisis, Amos further suggested the U.N. Security Council, “should put its full political weight with both the regime and opposition parties,” to ensure access for humanitarian workers.
Amos’ spokeswoman Amanda Pitt explains, “Amos continues to press the council for their help and influence over those parties who can ensure the protection of civilians and civilian facilities; the safe passage of medical personnel and supplies; the safe and unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance; and can facilitate progress in expanding critical, life-saving relief operations.” Amos expressed her concerns after the Syrian government promised to ensure delivery of healthcare services, in response to the Polio outbreak as well as malnutrition.
– Laura Reinacher