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Bleary-eyed and clutching paper coffee cups, photographers from the world’s largest media outlets skipped out on the drone sessions of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday morning to watch the Syria refugee crisis spill into downtown Manhattan.
Despite the operatic twists and turns of the US-Russia talks on Syria over the past two weeks, members of the UN Security Council were able to reach an agreement this week that will deal with Syria’s deadly chemical weapons supplies. As the New York Times reported today, the resolution “will require Syria to give up its chemical weapons, but there will be no automatic penalties if the Syrians fail to comply.” Meanwhile, negotiations on Syria continue to fail to address a lasting peace, as well as the humanitarian crisis spreading from inside Syria to the neighboring countries of Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt.
On Wednesday in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the UN, artist Eduardo Relero brought us back to the refugee crisis with his 26-by-20 foot 3D illustration depicting life inside Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. More than 2 million Syrians have fled into neighboring countries to escape the violent conflict. More than half of all refugees from Syria are children. Inside Syria, nearly 7 million people are in desperate need of aid. There is no more time for delay: World leaders must make urgent progress on peace talks.
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