At least seven Syrian refugee children were among at least 14 migrants who drowned in the sea, off the Turkish coast on Wednesday, in a failed attempt to reach comfort on the Greek Isle of Lesbos. Not from from this tragedy, another refugee boat also capsized drowning another four people.
These deaths, and especially those of young innocent children on the seas after being uprooted from their humble homes by war, underscores the reiterated call to end such tragedies involving children.
And the only means by which an end to child refugee deaths could come is by ending the source creating displacement. Hence, the Syrian war must end. It must end with the people having a say in the creation of their form of government that establishes the institutions that will prevent the ongoing tragedy from ever recurring.
Moreover, the Syrian war must end with no relics of the present regime playing any part in the transitional process. The present regime in Syria has failed and its failure must not be allowed to transcend to any new process designed to heal deep-gashed psychological, social and physical wounds.
Therefore, a new beginning in Syria offers the best hope toward ending child refugee deaths and ending an era of tyranny that has has killed, barrel-bombed and gassed more than 250,000 people.