While the rest of the world sees a diplomatic victory in Syria, the Syrians would beg to differ as a fresh outbreak of violence has resulted in the deaths of around five hundred people, and the displacement of thousands of other civilians, since the chemical weapons deal. Families fleeing for their lives have sought refuge in rural areas with no hope of being allowed to leave the country, and thousands of children have been separated from their families. For the international community, this operation — or lack thereof — meant that lives were protected and a major crisis averted, with the ban on chemical weapons maintained.

Where chemicals are no longer being used to cause death, the regime and the rebels continue to assault each other using new and more fatal methods such as dropping TNT cartons from helicopters in busy markets and hospitals. Also, with only two days remaining before the deadline for the government to hand over its chemical arsenal, independent observers report that so far, Syria has not even begun to move the rest of their weapons — some 700 metric tons of chemicals — before the dismantling process. So why then, is the rest of the world watching one country burn?

The tragedy of Syria has escalated into a bigger conflict with the ever-increasing influx of foreign fighters, with sectarian and ethnic differences adding significantly to the bloodshed. The civilians are caught up in the middle, with no help from either side, as the government mercilessly hunts anyone suspected of being a rebel and everybody who had even the slightest connection to the suspect, while the rebels continue to kill anyone they see as ‘different’. The government has made an offer of ceasefire to the rebels, but the army continues to fight in and around the Aleppo region with no visible sign of stopping.

The conditions continue to get more aggravated as the entire infrastructure of the country, including medical facilities has been brought to a halt with the surge in violence. The civilians are trapped in small unpopulated areas where there is no chance to move either way, forward or backwards, considering guns point at them from all directions. In areas controlled by the rebels, the civilians are given two choices by the government; to surrender or starve. No water, no food, no medication, and a daily dose of the most deadly bombs known to man. This is the life that Syrians live on a daily basis.