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The Reality of the Displaced: a Shame on Humanity

That 13.6 million people are displaced by war and conflict in Iraq and Syria, and that they lack food and shelter as winter nears, is a shameful testament of humanity's failings to right prolonged wrongs. And more stark are the meager contributions by Russia and China to help the humanitarian efforts even though both have teamed up a number of times to block resolutions aimed at ending the Syrian war. 

But the mere fact that these many people stand homeless from conflict in this 2014, is sickening and unacceptable because International organizations have failed to forge stability in the region. It is a sad reality of humanity that Bashar al Assad still sits in Damascus waging a war against his people in a conflict -  into a fourth year, that has killed some 200, 000 people including thousands of children and women; has displaced 7.2 million people within Syria and has forced 3.3 million people to neighbors as refugees. 

The United Nations World Food Programme(UNWFP) should not be forced to raise some $325 million to feed people this winter as its spokesperson, Elisabeth Byrs has told Reuters, and the agency should not be forced to cut rations to another 4.25 million people because of an uptick in demand by swelling numbers of refugees. Similarly, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees(UNHCR), should not be placed into a position where it now needs $58.5 million for refugee aid to stem the harshness of the coming winter. 

As Reuters reported, UNHCR's director of Middle East and North Africa operations, Amin Awad, told a conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday of the 16.3 million displaced people and of the stark realities they face. Adding that some 1.9 million Iraqis have joined an already 1 million displaced within Iraq from tribal fighting and the advances of the ISIL, UNHCR commended the European Union(EU), the United States(US), Japan, Norway and some Gulf States for assisting with the financial burdens to house refugees. Yet Russia and China, according to the data, have only contributed a minuscule 0.1 percent of the total humanitarian funding for Syrian refugees. And this is ironic, since both China and Russia have vetoed UN Security Council resolutions aimed at ending the Syrian war.

The shameful reality of war and conflict refugees should not be. An end to tribal fighting in Iraq is warranted. The ISIL has to be impeded, and the war in Syria should end with Bashar al Assad's departure. And until these events come about, China and Russia, who blocked peace, should pay a fair share of the burden to mitigate the lives of refugees facing a harsh winter.