Syrians Suffer as the World Looks Away

A child, wearing slippers without socks, stands on a snow-covered field after a snowfall took hold over Azez district of Aleppo, Syria during heavy snowfall on February 13, 2020. Image: Omer Koparan/Anadolu Agency via Getty
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A child, wearing slippers without socks, stands on a snow-covered field after a snowfall took hold over Azez district of Aleppo, Syria during heavy snowfall on February 13, 2020. Image: Omer Koparan/Anadolu Agency via Getty

As Syrian government-led forces close their grip on Idlib—the last rebel-held enclave—they are pushing hundreds of thousands of Syrians into cold, overcrowded camps, Al Jazeera reports.

More than 800,000—80% women and children—have fled the fighting since December, according to Financial Times.

It is “the largest single displacement of people since the conflict began nine years ago.”

They have nowhere left to go but Turkey—and that border is now closed to Syrian refugees. Their best hope, says the International Rescue Committee’s Middle East policy director Misty Buswell, is a ceasefire—but even that could not stop the unfolding humanitarian catastrophe.

A Guardian editorial denounces the world’s failure to intervene, quoting Syrian filmmaker Waad al-Kateab: “Millions watched my reports, but no one did anything.”

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