UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says Syria is: "the worst human tragedy of our times and on a trajectory to get worse."
With G8 leaders debating whether to arm Syria’s rebel forces, the public is sceptical and leading commentators such as Patrick Cockburn in the Independent analyse previous conflicts to validate their views. I decided to speak with Ahmed Al Damrawi, ActionAid’s regional director for the Arab region who is based in Amman, Jordan to ask for his opinion.
Ahmed Al Damrawi’s three key points on Syria and conflict resolution
- What is happening in Syria is a tragedy that has forced more than one and a half million people to flee the country. ActionAid is calling for an end to the conflict so that Syrian civilians - both those still in Syria and refugees - can live in peace and security.
- ActionAid condemns any form of violence committed by any party in a conflict. Arms encourage destabilisation. No matter where sympathies lie, experience shows that when arms are pumped into a conflict arena the situation worsens and it is always civilians that suffer the most.
- The international community should fund democratisation processes, justice systems and peace efforts. No one says this is easy – it is always hard - but ultimately it is the only way forward that will help over the long term to deliver the stability that Syria's people and the Syrian refugees that ActionAid is working with, want and need.
ActionAid is working with refugees in Jordan and Lebanon
ActionAid is working with Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, aiming to reach over 30,000 by the end of 2013. The vast majority of refugees are mothers and children so we are working mainly with households headed by women, delivering much-needed clothing, hygiene kits and household items.
We will shortly be delivering cash to contribute to rental payments, food, water and electricity as well as giving psychological support that helps families overcome the emotional impact of the conflict and the challenges they now face living as refugees.