The International Disability Alliance calls on the international community to act immediately to provide treatment for nearly one million injured Syrians, including tens of thousands in need of surgeries and prosthesis and rehabilitation.
The organization warned that the injuries turn to permanent disabilities, noting in a report that the war in Syria will leave generation of the injured and maimed unless the world moves to provide them with the necessary immediate treatment.
The suffocating siege imposed by the Assad regime on the rebel-held areas, the constant bombardment, lack of medical supplies of specialized medical staff all have increased the number of disabilities and amputations which otherwise could have been treated.
Hisham Marwa, vice president of the Syrian Coalition, said the Assad regime, in his desperate attempt to crush the revolution, not only has used many weapons against rebel areas, but has also followed the policy of collective punishment against 100,000s of civilians by imposing crippling sieges on many areas across Syria. “The starvation of civilians besieged in the Yarmouk refugee camp, East Ghouta near Damascus, and Al Waer near Homs is a war crime and genocide against civilians in those areas.”
“The Assad regime continues to flagrantly violate the UN Security Council resolutions 2139 and 2165 which calls for lifting the siege imposed on all areas in Syria and the cross-border introduction of humanitarian aid without the consent of the Assad regime.” Moreover, Marwa stresses that the plight of civilians in the besieged areas has been further exacerbated by bitter cold and severe shortages of lifesaving necessities, which places greater responsibility on the international community to respond to the tragedy of the Syrian people.” (Source: Syrian Coalition)