More than 100 unaccompanied children were reported to be trapped in a building under heavy bombardment in eastern Aleppo, according to UNICEF, the U.N. agency responsible for child welfare said, quoting an unnamed doctor in the city, Reuters reported.
. . . . "Civilians were apparently crammed into whatever buildings still remain in the tiny quarters yet to be recaptured by the Assadists, but many were left outside in the streets, owing to lack of space. It is here, in broad daylight, Othman said, that men, women and children were being cooked alive by barrel bombs dropped right where they stood.
And those who survive the air raids could not be helped. "Women and children — their screams can be heard underneath the rubble. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to get them out. Everyone is panicking. There is great fear. Everyone can only think of himself, not about others."
Yesterday, some residents who couldn’t take the bombardment anymore fled toward regime controlled areas, according to Othman.
"Seventy-nine of them were executed at the barricades. The rest — everyone under 40 — were taken to warehouses that look more like internment camps. They face an unknown fate," he said.
"This morning 20 women committed suicide in order not to be raped."
This sounds exactly like the Jewish Holocaust under Adolf Hitler during World War Two. The Bosnian Genocide by Bosnian Serbs. Rwandan Genocide. Cambodia. Darfur.
Children crammed into buildings, orphaned, with no adults to guide them. People instantly dying from bombs because there is no shelter to hold them. Escaping only into the enemy forces so they can be killed to leave their world. Concentration camps. Women killing themselves so they will not raped.
But this is different from those genocides. This time, we, all over world, not just in Syria and its neighboring countries, have watched this happen and done nothing. We were given recordings, pictures, live streams and videos, writings of the crimes and the violations of human rights, yet the proof was denied. All of us, globally, are now witnesses and bystanders to a holocaust.
Every time we promise that we will never let this happen again, but the whole world does.