If you need to be enlightened on the Syrian situation (as I jokingly call it "Arab Rumspringa; too glib perhaps?), you should first read this informative, yet brief, article that has been circulating on Facebook: 9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask.
Why would we went to get involved in the civil war when we could put our resources to much better use providing aid to the Syrian refugees strewn throughout neighboring countries? My parents work with many refugee families in Jordan, providing mattresses and other supplies to lessen the severity of the dire conditions in which these people are living - and the need for such aid grows and grows.
They have visited places where multiple families are living in one small room, with a handful of babies who don't even have diapers so the place reeks of stale urine. On a recent visit, there was a family who wanted to marry their 14 year old daughter off, for protection or money. They have met a young boy who was so traumatized and struck by fear because of the war he saw in his hometown that his hair has fallen out - and won't grow back. Another young toddler's first word: "enfijar", the Arabic word for explosion - all because that is the word he heard spoken and shouted the most in Syria as bombs went off nearby.
Maybe you are a numbers person, and those sad accounts don't strike a chord. In that case, here are a few statistics to consider:
- 5,000 people are escaping Syria every day into neighboring nations
- 1/3 of the Syrian population from their homes
- the highest number of displaced people anywhere in the world
- 8% of their population of 6.2 million
- 52% of the total refugees are CHILDREN 17 and under
|Syrian children killed by the recent chemical attack|
Look, Damascus will disappear! It will become a heap of ruins.