You would think that after nearly 70 years of unmitigated failure in halting conflicts around the world, that adults would judge the U.N. as ineffective in carrying out its primary mission.
But the starry-eyed teenagers who run the world’s do-gooder organizations appear to be expecting something different from the United Nations. A report issued by a coalition of international aid groups faults the U.N. for being ineffective in stopping the Syrian civil war and for ignoring the humanitarian crisis.
The naive attitude of the aid groups is proof of how the U.N. has managed to stay in business for so long while utterly failing in its mission to keep the peace among nations.
“We may live with the aftermath of the Syrian conflict for generations,” Jan Egeland, head of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
The conflict has killed some 200,000 people, created more than 3.9 million refugees, mostly in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, and displaced 7.6 million people within Syria, U.N. figures show.
New figures from UNICEF show 14 million children are affected by the conflict in Syria and neighbouring Iraq, with millions trapped in areas cut off from help due to fighting.
“This is the biggest humanitarian crisis in a generation,” Egeland, a former U.N. humanitarian chief, said in an interview on Tuesday.
DON’T FORGET DAMASCUS
The conflict began in March 2011 as a popular uprising by peaceful protesters against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. After a government crackdown, the war has expanded into a civil conflict with regional backers.