War can be dirty but the reality of its shows in Syria first hand where Damascus held Assad regime is trying to siphon humanitarian aid to be used as a weapon for its own. Earlier Russia had tried to stop the aid by vetoing the UN in the Security council meetings in January last year. Putin that has been supporting the Assad dominated Syrian regime and is now pushing for all humanitarian aid to be routed through Damascus.
But the West will not let Assad have his way and reuse the aid to fuel his war agenda. Till now, the current UN mechanism would allow tons of humanitarian aid provided by the UN partner countries to be brought into Syria. This did not need the approval of the Syrian regime. But now, Russia pushes for Syrian regime to play a role in this.
The future of the Syrians remains dark. Their aid was reduced to half as Germany and Belgium that safeguards a single crossing point for the aid into Syria. For years, Damascus has made great use of the UN funds. It has been able to finance its war efforts by using the funds. One is to blame the UN funding mechanism that could not control this from happening.
As the number of access points have been reduced into Syria, Russia, China and Dominican Republic continues to veto this decision. The Syrian humanitarian crisis has only worsened under the Covid-19 situation. Currently, there are more than 4 million people who are in need of humanitarian aid.
While the players play their fair game, the people on the ground are going to have to bear the brunt. According to Kevin Kennedy, the UN regional humanitarian coordinator for the Syria crisis having just one crossing point on the border makes it difficult to help a greater number of people.
Dissemination is going to be slower. “We will be forced to divert routes which are under the control of other faction groups, making it difficult for us to provide aid to the deserving public,” added Kennedy speaking to a local media outlet.
The cross border access had to be reduced by the UN players to avoid Russian veto. Even then, western officials worry that the reduced number of border crossings will lead to a centralization of UN activities in Damascus, which could in turn reinforce the regime’s instrumentalization of aid.
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