Yarmouk Refugee Camp Syria

Yarmouk refugee camp, which is situated in the heart of Syrian capital Damascus, has become a big test for the conscience of modern world, big powers and humanitarian organizations.

The camp has been under siege for the last three years from Bashar al-Assad regime forces. Yarmouk refugee camp’s population of 50,000 people is facing one of the worst humanitarian crises of modern history. Due to heavy bombardment and continuous shelling, the entire camp has become a prison in which people are living without water, sanitation or medical facilities.

Due to the lack of food and medical facilities, more than 50 children have lost their lives, and people have been forced to use grass to feed their families. Many people have died due to starvation, and horrible pictures of starving people have come from inside the camp, but the UN and big powers are sitting silently and doing nothing to end the misery of innocent people.

Only days ago, Al-Assad regime forces stopped aid agencies who were trying to access the camp. Regime snipers are continuously targeting innocent people and even women and children are not safe.

The true reality is that, after the miserable role of the world community and the blind support of Iran and Russia for the Al-Assad regime, the people of Syria have very little hope in Geneva’s two conferences. A regime that has been using barrel bombs and targeting civilian areas for the last three years must be brought to justice in the International Criminal Court.

Khawaja Umer Farooq