The washed up lifeless body of a 3-year old Syrian boy has become etched in human history and memory as the symbol of one of the worst tragedies since the Second World War -- the mass flight of Syrians escaping war and violence, only to meet an avoidable death. The war in Syria has repeatedly been called a crisis, which it is: a crisis of international law, a crisis of the international community, and most of all a crisis of humanity. It is a tragedy and a despicable failure of the human race.
Benita Sumita is a doctoral researcher in peace studies focused on IDPs and international peace and conflict norms at the University of Bradford, UK. She has also worked with UNDP in India.
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