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Syria in last bid to end war

Date: Jan 11, 2017

Millions of people displaced and children left orphaned by six year civilian war in Syria.

: More than 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives in the nearly six years of civilian war. In 2011 anti-government protests demanding President Bashar al-Assad to step down saw the inception of rebel groups and the birth of social turbulence that escalated into full-scale civil war.

 

Speaking to Sakina Kamwendo, Director of Afro-Middle East Centre, Na'eem Jeenah, says that Syria’s problems escalated in 2011 after the Arab Spring

 

 

More than 11 million people have been forced from their homes with more than three-million being refugees - most of them women and children. About 70% of the population is left without access to adequate drinking water, one in three people is unable to meet their basic food needs, and more than 2-million children are out of school.

 

Also part of the discussion was SABC Journalist Suna Venter and Social Activist Yusuf Abramjee, who, after their recent visit to Syria, highlight the joy of the children, undeterred by misfortune and the circumstances war.

 

 

In the latest bid to find a solution to the on-going conflict,  Syrian President Bashar Assad has indicated that he is prepared "to negotiate everything" at planned talks later this month in Kazakhstan. Syrian opposition groups have yet to confirm their participation brokered by Turkey and Russia.

 

 

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