That the international community has failed the people and the children of Syria is an understatement - not only has the international community failed to ameliorate the condition of millions of people in Syria, it has also, to some extent, failed humanity, and in doing so, it has undermined its own credibility to be faithfully relied upon by innocents of future conflicts.
Thus, the damning and deepening humanitarian crisis brought to wrought by Bashar al Assad's Syrian war, denotes the impotence of the international community to right conflicts especially with Russia and China holding veto power on the Security Council of the United Nations.
Now in its fifth year, the Syrian war has claimed some 220,000 lives including those of 10,664 children and 6,783 women, according to figures by the London based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Moreover, figures released by the Syrian Network for Human Rights, documented that 176,678 civilians have died at the hands of Assad's forces so far, while civilian deaths attributed to the Islamic State(IS) and Nusra Front, number less than 5,000 combine.
The wrath of Assad's war has also displaced more than 11 million Syrians scattering entire families to Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt and Jordan. Noting that the Syrian war has created "the largest displacement crisis in the world", the UN office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has stated that just under half of those displaced are children in "dire need of aid".
Assad's war has ballooned economic losses to the tune of $202.6 billion, cites another UN report, and compounding the humanitarian crisis created in four years of war, the said report declared that life expectancy in Syria has dropped by 20 years from 75.9 years to 55.7 years. Plus 80 percent of Syrians live in poverty and 64.7 percent in extreme poverty as the unemployment rate has skyrocketed to 57.7 percent.
So as countries and international aid organizations gather in Kuwait for the yearly UN International Donor Conference for Syria, it is pleasing to hear additional pledges of $507 million from the United States(US), $500 million from Kuwait, another $227 million from Germany and another $60 million from Saudi Arabia. Yet, the pledges fall way short of the UN's intent to raise $8.4 billion to fulfill the humanitarian needs in Syria over the next year.
However, it is ironic that such large sums of money are being pledged for the stated purposes while Bashar al Assad still sits in Damascus. Syrians are not in need of pity or sympathy. Syrians have expressed a yearning willingness to reconstruct their homeland if only they could rid the Levant of Assad.
Hence, with an Assad-less Levant, donor money could be going to rebuilding the infrastructure and the systems needed to support governance of the people by the people in Syria and ending the worse humanitarian crisis of this century.