Have you ever heard the idiom, “Like shooting fish in a barrel” or “As easy as shooting fish in a barrel”? This hyperbolic expression alludes to the fact that fish make an easy target inside a barrel.

In Syria, innocent citizens are the fish, and the United States, Russia, Syrian government, and rebels are the shooters and bombers killing them every day.

The barrel is the trap we’ve put them in: they can’t find shelter in their own homes and country, they can’t migrate to countries next door because of regional politics, and they can’t migrate to the United States because our government is working hard to ban them. Other countries will take them, but they are being killed faster than they are being resettled.

The tragedy in many conflicts is that leaders, even those advocating for peace, try to solve them with guns and bombs, but its always the people without guns and bombs, the people they claim to be helping, that suffer the most.

 

Sincerely, Kwapi Vengesayi

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