As tensions continue to grow in Syria, tens of thousands of Syrians are fleeing across the borders into neighboring Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
These Syrians are fleeing in terror with little more than a few clothes on their back. While leaders in the U.S., Britain and Russia argue about what to do, there are innocent people fleeing for their lives.
As waves of Syrian refugees pour across these borders, where will these people get food and other needed necessities so they can survive? Since the beginning of the conflict, nearly 50,000 Syrian refugees have fled their homes and streamed into the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. There are reports that thousands more are waiting to enter after leaving communities across a wide swath of northern Syria.
The mass exodus is among the largest since blood was first shed during the country's current uprising. The conflict has intensified within the last few days, with the Syrian government accused of using chemical weapons against its own people and President Barack Obama reportedly weighing a military response.
The U.S. government says hundreds of children were among those killed in the suspected chemical weapons attacks, which the U.S. says was carried out by the Syrian government. Syria claims the U.S. assertions were "full of lies", blaming rebels for the attacks.
It doesn’t look like Britain has the stomach for another military intervention and appears that they have lost the appetite to be America’s most reliable ally. Russian President Vladimir Putin is challenging the U.S. and says they need to present evidence that Syria attacked rebels with chemical weapons near Damascus.
While world leaders argue, refugees are fleeing recent bombings, while others are escaping tension and fighting among various factions on the ground. This ongoing conflict has resulted in many more refugees leaving the country because the failing economy has made it nearly impossible for them to provide for their families.
Who will come to their aid as they flee this incredible crisis situation? There are organizations that are helping these refugees. Samaritan’s Purse is one of those groups who provide international relief in response to crisis situations and is providing food, shelter, water and medicine to these Syrian refugees. Can we just watch as this crisis gets worse by the day? To find out more and to help go to samaritanspurse.org.