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Refusing to open borders, separating parents and children. We have truly lost our humanity

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06.07.2018

Drone footage: Daraa refugee camp near Syria's border with Jordan and Israel

With refugee week over for another year and compassion fatigue deeply entrenched, it’s easy to forget – or refuse to acknowledge – that the refugee crisis is far from over.

One of the biggest contributors to this humanitarian crisis that will resonate for years, if not decades, to come has been the Syrian conflict. Seven years of war, torture and barrel bombs has internally displaced 6.6 million Syrians and made 6.3 million refugees. There are more to come.

Since mid-June the Syrian regime has launched a major offensive against Daraa province, known for its dusty border town that was coined the cradle of the revolution after 15 young boys were tortured by the regime for spraying anti-government graffiti on a school wall. Located south of the capital Damascus, Daraa is one of the last opposition strongholds left in the country.

Last year the US, Russia and Jordan agreed that Daraa would be a de-escalation zone yet in their latest push to take back control of the country the Syrian army has occupied more than half the area and killed over 175 people. Some 320,000 Syrians have fled.

But whilst we once saw footage of Syrians crowded into camps in the neighbouring countries, those fleeing from the Daraa offensive face a new challenge. Jordan and Israel have refused to open their borders so thousands have set up makeshift camps overlooking the barbed wire fences that separate them from safety. They have insufficient food,........

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