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UN Security Council Uses Starving Women and Children in Madaya as Pawns to Launch UN Backed Political Talks in Geneva
France and Britain requested the urgent emergency Security Council meeting talks after reports emerged of dozens of people who have died from starvation in the town of Madaya, where aid deliveries finally arrived this week.
In his address to the council, French Ambassador Francois Delattre recalled that aid workers who reached Madaya had provided accounts of the "unbearable" suffering in the town, and that now, "no one can say we didn't know.”
"Madaya is just the tip of the iceberg," said British Deputy Ambassador Peter Wilson, warning that the images of emaciated children could be repeated "many, many times over.”
Humanitarian aid access is seen as a key confidence-building measure ahead of a new round of Syrian peace talks planned for January 25 in Geneva. (Source: france24.com)
This month’s shocking images of starving women and children in besieged areas like Madaya in Syria reached the international media attention spotlighting the Assad regimes barbaric policy of ‘surrender or starve’ towards rebel held areas. The UN and its Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have also been complicit with aiding the Assad regimes siege tactic upon Muslims of Madaya. The UN were fully aware of Assad’s war crimes of systematic starvation in Madaya back in October but chose to ignore for 3 months the “nightmarish reality of civilian life”. However, once shocking images of starving infants started circulating on social media and media agencies did the UN activate its “emergency relief” response to women and children who have been subsisting on grass and weeds.
This of course comes as no surprise to the Ummah who are familiar with the UN’s criminal neglect of its stated aims and objectives in providing so-called humanitarian international relief and assistance. The Ummah furthermore is also familiar with governments like France and the UK using the UN as a colonial tool for their own political foreign policy objectives inside Muslim countries like Syria. France clearly stated their objectives for convening together with the UK the 7605th Security Council meeting that was designed to create the “necessary conditions in the next few days of launching the intra-Syrian dialogue”. According to the French ambassador to the UN Francois Delattre, “there will be no credible political process without serious, tangible, palpable progress on the humanitarian track”.
The despicable act of using starving women and children as political pawns in a peace process determined by the enemies of Islam can only come to an end once and for all with the return of rightly guided Khilafah "Caliphate" (Caliphate) upon the method of the Prophethood. The people of power and influence within the Muslim armies must arise to protect their brothers and sisters from the nightmare that Syria has descended to under war criminals like Assad backed by international organisations like the UN and its Security Council. The Prophet (saw) said,
»المسلم أخو المسلم لا يظلمه ولا يسلمه. من كان في حاجة أخيه كان الله في حاجته، ومن فرج عن مسلم كربة فرج الله عنه بها كربة من كرب يوم القيامة، ومن ستر مسلمًا ستره الله يوم القيامة«
“A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim – he does not wrong him nor does he forsake him when he is in need; whosoever is fulfilling the needs of his brother, Allah is fulfilling his needs; whosoever removes distress from a believer, Allah removes from him a distress from a distressful aspect of the Day of Resurrection; and whosoever conceals the faults of a Muslim, Allah will conceal his faults on the Day of Resurrection.”
Written for the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir by
Tsuroyya Amal Yasna
Member of the Women’s Section in the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir