September 20, 2013

No Fair

Tell us about something you think is terribly unfair — and explain how you would rectify it.

It’s not fair that UN Security Council members that have fought (diplomatically) and therefore delayed and blocked resolutions to try to stop the war in Syria for a long time are not giving the humanitarian aid compromised to help the people affected.

I just posted a report by Oxfam that says that Russia, for instance, committed just three per cent of what would be considered its fair share for the humanitarian effort, while France is struggling to reach half of its fair share (47 per cent).

The United States is currently the largest donor to the UN appeals, giving 63 per cent of its fair share, but must do more to help those affected by the Syrian conflict, according to Oxfam.

Russia had no problems to deliver missiles to Al Assad regime earlier this year and is lecturing other countries about what to do, but it seems it has serious problems to spend money in humanitarian aid for the victims of the war.

France was ready to back a military intervention against Al Assad with all the cost it takes, but is not ready to fulfill its part in aid. The US is ready for a military intervention and is aiding but can do much more. The UK is the only one of the permanent members of Security Council giving more (154 per cent)

Now there are talks in progress to reach an agreement in the Security Council on Syrian  chemical weapons and maybe peace negotiations. Who knows? But the harsh reality is that there are more than 2 million refugees and 4.5 million internal displaced people, in need of help, plus thousands of wounded and starving people in the fighting areas, and an unknown number of kidnaped or disappeared people. A humanitarian disaster that needs an urgent response the big donors are not giving. It’s easier to talk, exchange blames, sell weapons or get ready for military action, it seems.

¿How to fix this? I’m sorry to say that it’s almost impossible. The only way is denouncing the situation and urging the governments to act. Unfortunately there is not a public opinion pressure on this problem as there was on the horrific Ghouta gas attack.

Daily Prompt: No Fair.

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About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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