Crisis in Syria
Over 8 million people are in desperate need of life-saving shelter, food and medicine, says Trocaire’s emergency Syria appeal. What initially began as peaceful protests for the removal of President Bashar al-Assad and greater freedoms soon broke out into all out violence.
Heavy-handed responses to the protests from the government led to armed rebellion and now to war. Assad has been propped up by Russia and Iran, while the rebels have received weapons from Qatar and Saudia Arabia. The UN death toll stands at a staggering 93,000.
Miriam Gormally met with Maurice McQuillan Head of Humanitarian Programming in Trocaire, who has recently come back from the Lebanon. He explained more about the racial and ethnic divides that exist behind the conflict.
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