So the other night I turned the TV on just as the news headlines were on and was shocked and appalled to hear about the slaughter of not only innocent people, but innocent CHILDREN in Houla, Syria. On 25th May at least 180 people were killed, mostly women (34) and children (49) in what appears to be an initial shell attack on the town, which ended in house by house killings late into the night. Whilst some appear to have been killed by the shell fire, most were shot or stabbed at close range in what was frankly a callous attack on innocent civilians, unable to defend themselves.
Who carried out these horrendous killings remains a matter of contention. Anti-government activists, eyewitnesses and human rights groups point the finger at the Syrian army and the shabiha, a sectarian civilian militia that supports the regime of Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian government however denies all responsibility, saying its soldiers were attacked and armed terrorists went on to shoot and knife civilians. (BBC)
I have to confess as the images hit the screens I had to turn off in shock as it upset me so much. I immediately thought to my little girl asleep upstairs and how I would feel if someone came out of the blue and took her young life for no reason and even more so in such a barbaric and despicable manner. Children are innocent, defenceless young things, their eyes are only just opening to the world around them, they have no grudges or hatred, they need to be nurtured, cared for and loved and to think that thousands if not millions of children around the world don’t have this and are experiencing war, poverty and hurt on a daily basis crushes me as a human being.
When I heard about bloggers uniting to help promote the fact that Save the Children were launching a petition calling on world leaders to put in place an immediate and legally binding “Resolution to Protect Children” that carries the full force of international law on those attacking children and other civilians, I knew I had to help.
Save the Children believe “Thousands more children are experiencing terrible suffering and trauma in Syria, yet aid agencies aren’t yet able to get urgent help to these children who have been injured and traumatised by the conflict. Unless more action is taken now to stop the fighting, we are likely to see the further slaughter of children in Syria.”
As Save the Children so rightly say, “no child is born to die” and with that in mind I urge you to show your support, sign the petition and help put the strength of the united world wide web voice to world leaders to take action and stop the loss of more innocent young lives.
If you would like to get involved further you can also write a post of your own to share with your followers and link up to Britmums Blog – Syria: A Day of Protest campaign, or help promote the petition and campaign by mentioning it via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other social media methods using #Syria #TippingPoint #StoptheKilling and sharing or RT others posts.
You can also sign an online petition at Avaaz.org (please be aware there are distressing images).
My baby is tucked up safe asleep upstairs, shouldn’t every child deserve the same?
Together we can be heard!
- Syria Houla massacre: they moved from family to family, killing them one by one (telegraph.co.uk)
- World’s fury at slaughter of innocent children in Syria (thesun.co.uk)
- U.S., 7 other countries expelling Syrian diplomats after massacre (cnn.com)
- Syria: Women and children were executed, says UN report (scotsman.com)
- Syrian boy played dead as gunmen killed his family- OPINION: Children were first victims of crackdown (foxnews.com)
- Why the Syrian regime is killing babies – CNN (cnn.com)