Started in 2011, the Syrian is still dragging-on. Seven years on, more than 11 million people have been killed or forced to flee their homes and seek safety in neighbouring countries according to the United Nations. The world has seen the worst humanitarian crisis of all time with the disaster in Syria. Populations are struggling to survive among the rubbles of what is left in this war-torn part of the world and others are risking their lives on the way to greener and peaceful pastures with the hope to find acceptance and opportunity to start a new life, which is not always easy.

The effects of the conflict are overwhelming, making difficult for the survivors to live through the crisis and rebuild their shattered lives. Precedent information coming from all across the war-torn country, report how women and men were sexually abused with their lives destroyed from both opposition and Bashar’s regime.

Syrian war has been a huge thorn in the side of the United Nations divided upon the solutions to end the conflict. Instead of winding down, the conflict is getting worse. The recent shelling of civilians in the opposition-held Eastern Ghouta area of Syria killed more than 500 people and trapped nearly 400.000.

The ceasefire resolution voted by the United Nations and ordered by Russia didn’t last as air and artillery strikes continue with each party accusing the other.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), at least six civilians were killed on Tuesday.

To make things worse, chilling reports of local men in charge of the distribution of international aids withholding deliveries from women and girls unless they agree to give sexual favours emerged. Many stories of women and girls forced to marry officials for a short time to ensure their families receive humanitarian aids also were reported. A study from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) also revealed that local distributors give lifts to girls and women to have something in return or give them food. The main targets are vulnerable women and girls such as widows, divorcees, and female IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons).

Talking to BBC, charity worker Danielle Spencer said the incidents were reported to her in 2015. “They were withholding aid that had been delivered and then using these women for sex,” she told the BBC. She added “Sexual exploitation and abuse of women and girls has been ignored, it’s been known about and ignored for seven years”. UN agencies and charities told the BBC they were not aware of the abuse by its affiliates and have a zero tolerance on sexual exploitation.

Another scandal adding to Oxfam crisis which symbolises the reality of the world we’re living in where people are still making their profits out of people’s despair and misery. “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin” said Charles Dickens but little did he know he would be right in the 21st century.

In Syria, each day, the situation gets worse with residents having very little or no access to food, medicine or sanitary supplies.


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