One year ago images of a lifeless little boy who was washed up dead on a beach in Turkey became an iconic symbol of the conflict in Syria and its resultant refugee crisis. The death of Alan Kurdi, his brother, and mother, depict the bleak predicament facing people in war-torn regions. Kurdi’s boat sank while his family was travelling from Syria to Europe. It also shows how nearby prosperous regions of peace have failed to work out a unified and efficacious response. Twelve months after that incident, it is undeniable that the conflicts in Syria and bordering countries are nowhere near conclusions. Recently, pictures of Omran Daqneesh, another child found among the rubbles got the attention of the world towards the condition of the people living in the war-torn regions.
In a disturbing picture, a young boy sits alone, covered with ash dust, and blood, both wet and dry. He is so small that his feet are tinier than the seat. His look is perplexed, shocked as if emotions have deluded his face, all tired. Somehow the mood of Syria can be reflected on his face. Omran Daqneesh a 5-year-old boy was pulled out of a building after airstrikes in the Aleppo city. The boy, identified by medical workers as Omran Daqneesh, 5, was pulled from a damaged building after a Syrian government or Russian airstrike in the northern city of Aleppo. There are many like him, smaller than him- every day. Yet, there are few images that strike the nerve of the people turning them numb. Maybe it was his haircut, or his t-shirt showing cartoon characters or his confused movements in front of the camera. Unwittingly, Omar, like Kurdi, re-highlighted and brought the world to attention to the suffering in Syria and the thousands and thousands of killed children.
The situation in Syria is so complicated that at the moment,with all the notions, a solution does not seem nearly possible. Resurgent government forces may have pushed ISIS to an extent in Iraq but in Syria, the group has just gotten squeezed in. Syrian rebels have continued their fight in areas already lost in rubbles, reportedly because of fresh backing from other terrorist organisations. Turkey meanwhile decided to send ground troops in Syria, to combat ISIS and also to push back Kurdish groups and that had complicated the issue even more.
After Vietnam, the Syrian war is one of the worst proxy wars, as both US and Russia are heavily invested in this complicated scenario. None of the conflicts mean anything to those dead Syrian children. And those stuck in the war-torn areas or in refugee camps or maybe in forests even as the peaceful countries continue their hand-wringing over the apparent decline of kindness, as even with yearly devastating images hitting every sad note possible.