Photo: DonkeyHotey
Photo: DonkeyHotey

By Safia Yallaoui

The uprisings in Syria, which began in March 2011, are based on civilians fighting for democratic rights after almost 42 years under the rule of one family; the Assads.

In the year 2000, after his father died, Bashar al-Assad was appointed as President of Syria. In the last two years he has paid no attention to the needs of his public for a democratic country and much like fellow dictators prefers to kill his people than to resign his position.

It is hard to comprehend why influential and powerful leaders, such as Barack Obama, have not yet interfered to the point where they have taken Assad out of Syria. Whether Assad is the President or not, he is a murderer of over 60,000 Syrian civilians and this is more than enough reason to at least arrest him.

To even begin to imagine the trauma people have gone through seeing their families being killed is unbearable, all the children, wives, mothers, fathers and brothers.

By letting Assad get away with murdering more and more people every day, the world’s powerful leaders are showing that they don’t care enough for humanity to put politics to one side in order to help the people of Syria.

This is why world leaders are losing my respect each and every day, they are the only ones who have the power to stop this war and they are not doing anything.

It is unbelievable that they have already let Assad kill 60,000 people, why are they just sitting back and watching these horrors unfold?

Assad has said time and time again that he will not step down from his role as President, the only way to stop him is to take him out of the country by force and imprison him.

Although this wouldn’t necessarily end the fighting in the country that has developed between Assad supporters and pro-democracy protesters, it would dramatically slow down the killing of people and possibly stop it altogether.

Due to the mass killing in the country, over one million people have fled their home towns to refugee camps in neighbouring countries including Jordan. The consequence for these people, that many now feel safer living in camps with strangers than in their own homes, is a telling sign of the poor conditions of Syria.

The United Nations have set up refugee camps for Syrians in countries such as Jordan and Turkey and although there are already one million inhabiting these camps, there is a high demand for more; there may be millions more who want to escape Syria.

The UN still needs over £1 billion in order to help refugees in Syria and surrounding countries. Although these people are safe from Assad their lives are still being threatened by the torrential weather conditions. Children and elderly people are especially at risk of catching illnesses such as pneumonia from the winter’s freezing and stormy weather.

The tents in these camps are not always strong enough to survive the storms and just a few days ago a huge storm hit the Zaatari camp in Jordan leaving many refugees without shelter. More money is desperately needed for these people.

It’s all thanks to Assad that refugees have to live in these life-threatening conditions rather than in their own homes; even those who have escaped Syria could die because of him.

If the gruesome images of dead children aren’t enough to have Assad’s power taken away from him, then I don’t know what it will take.

In the last few years we have seen uprisings in autocratic countries many times, to mention Colonel Gaddafi and President Mubarak is just to name two of many who have ruined their countries and killed people in order to keep their power.

However we have seen the death of many dictators and as we saw with what happened to Gaddafi, if you refuse to give up power then eventually you may be killed by your own people.

This seems to be the road that Assad is going down. By refusing to give up power he is getting closer and closer to being killed by ‘rebels’. Although it will be a celebration for Syria if and when this happens, the death toll of civilians is far too high already; the damage has been done.

It’s more than devastating that so many people are being mercilessly killed for standing up for their rights. I hope that sooner rather than later someone in power intervenes and removes Assad from Syria before another 60,000 people are killed.