O Red Cross ‘unable to cope’ with huge number of Syrian refugees
The ICRC has announced that the refugee situation for Syrians fleeing the fighting at home has now gone beyond their ability to provide adequate aid.
The Red Cross says the situation has worsened so much that it is finding it difficult to get help to all those who need it. While aid workers are able to escape the fighting and get aid into conflict zones within Syria, the fighting is so widespread many are slipping through the net. With temperatures falling and the winter rains arriving, time is running out.
Refugees sheltering in a camp on the Syria-Turkey border explained why they had fled:
“We came because of the shelling and the bombing. They attacked with helicopters, with rockets. It was unbearable, one could not live there. the houses were destroyed, the whole village was destroyed. That is why we ran away, to save ourselves. We brought nothing, just the clothes we had on. We left everything.”
Syria’s president, Bashr al-Assad, shows no signs of conciliation or being ready to take up offers such as British Prime Minister David Cameron’s, to leave Syria immediately, safe and sound with foreign guarantees.
“I’m no puppet. I wasn’t made by the West to go to the West or any other country. I’m Syrian, I’m made in Syria and I have to live and die in Syria.”