‘Worst year’ yet for Syrian civilians and Labour doesn’t care

It has been the worst year yet int he 4 year civil war in Syria. The scale of the humanitarian disaster is immense.

But Labour won’t lift a finger to help. they think we need to teach Syrians and Iraqis how to farm cows and grow crops…missing the point that Syria has been the hub of the fertile crescent for longer than people have lived in New Zealand.

The international agencies – including Save the Children and Oxfam – are criticising the UN Security Council for failing to alleviate the suffering of millions of people in Syria.

They said it had been the “worst year” for civilians as the conflict enters its fifth year.

Save the Children is calling on the New Zealand Government to use its seat on the UN Security Council to push for an end to the Syrian conflict, which has killed more than 200,000 people.

Its New Zealand chief executive, Heather Hayden, said now was the perfect chance for this country to influence the international community.

New Zealand’s Ambassador to the United Nations Jim McLay said last month the UN should focus on the Syrian conflict, especially helping with access to medical aid and addressing the indiscriminate attacks on civilians, including through the use of barrel bombs.

The report condemns the world’s most powerful countries for not having the will to enforce their own UN resolutions on the free flow of humanitarian aid to the victims.

The only way there will be free flow of humanitarian aid to Syria is if supply lines are secure and ISIS is put in a box. Labour refuses to do that , stead insisting that we should be teaching them how to farm.

“The bitter reality is that the Security Council has failed to implement its resolutions,” said Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council.

“Parties to the conflict have acted with impunity and ignored the Security Council’s demands, civilians are not protected and their access to relief has not improved,” he added.

The “Failing Syria” report by the 21 aid agencies says:

  • People are not protected: 2014 was the deadliest year of the conflict in Syria, with at least 76,000 Syrians killed
  • Aid access has not improved: 4.8 million people in need reside in areas defined by the UN as “hard to reach”, one million more than in 2013
  • Needs have increased: 5.6 million children are in need of aid, a 31 percent increase since 2013
  • The humanitarian response has decreased compared to needs: In 2013, 71 percent of the funds needed to support civilians inside Syria and refugees in neighbouring countries were provided. In 2014, this had declined to 57 percent

Separately, a UN-backed report by the Syrian Centre for Policy Research said four years of armed conflict, economic disintegration and social fragmentation in Syria have forced some 10 million people to flee their homes and reduced life expectancy by two decades – from nearly 76 years of age to 56.

The numbers are damning…and still labour sits on their hands, not caring. Helen Clark would never have prevaricated like Andrew Little.

This will be Labour’s enduring shame…that they did nothing while people died…the very people they like to profess that they support…next time Labour goes to Pride festival someone should show a video of gay people being thrown off buildings and demand to know why Labour did nothing.


– Radio New Zealand