Syria, We Hear Your Cries

The world can be a nasty and terrifying place but the most important job you do as parents is to try and keep your children safe,  shielded from the harsh realities and people that may do them harm.  I’ve been slow off the mark to write about the horrific violence against children in Syria, partly because I was so disturbed by it that I couldn’t put it into words and partly because I have Syrian friends and former colleagues and I needed to ask how their families were first.  The answer to that question was as I had feared, every day they have bad news from loved ones and relatives suffering amidst the turmoil.

Sectarian clashes, corrupt and ruthless dictators, civil wars, invading armies (including allied forces) have long been the cause of much civilian death throughout the world, but what sets these most recent massacres apart is the deliberate and very brutal slaying of children. This cold and calculating tactic is designed to get at the very soul of a people, the message is clear – stop what you are doing or we will kill your young.  It drives the deepest instinctual terror into the hearts of any parent, and any human being who could inflict such senseless killing on innocents is the most depraved animal there is.

Diplomacy is all well and good and I certainly understand that there are much more complicated issues at play that are preventing the UN and NATO from intervening gung-ho but hello THEY ARE KILLING CHILDREN and something has to be done now.

I could not bring myself to look at the images of these little lost ones and their mothers and fathers, I can’t bear the thought of their absolute fear and pain, but I’ve thought of it every day. For these children, a nightmare of the worst kind became reality and their parents were powerless to stop it. But maybe we can.

A week or so ago one of the blog networks I belong to did a call out for bloggers to write about this subject to raise awareness and gather support for the various petitions that will hopefully make a difference.  I’ve signed all three and shared with all my social media friends and I urge you to do the same (see below) What if it were your child?

Please sign the AVaaz petition calling on the UN to provide more international monitors to protect innocent civilians in Syria click here to sign

Amnesty International are asking people to sign a letter to the Russian Embassy to ask Russia to stop supplying arms to Syria.  If you would like to sign click here

If you haven’t signed the Save The Children Petition calling on the UN to pass a legally binding resolution to protect innocent people in Syria then CLICK HERE

Please sign these petitions and share this post and the petitions via email and other social networks.  You can follow the #stopthekilling or #Syria on Twitter.

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Posted on June 13, 2012, in General, Global Family Culture and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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