“I have come into this world to see this: the sword drops from men’s hands even at the height of their arc of rage because we have finally realized there is just one flesh we can wound”- « David Whyte
The impact of the Syrian war which started with an anti-government day of rage on March 15th,2011 has seen over 20,000 children killed while tens of thousands of children have been left with permanent war-related impairments; including many whose injuries have led to amputation. This is as reported by a UK based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It is important to note that the impact of the Syrian war has left everyone in the country devastated. It has forced over 6,000,000 Syrians to flee and seek refuge in other countries of the world. As also reported by the UNHCR, over 7,000,000 people are displaced in the country.
Until recently when ISIL fighters lost the last stronghold in Syria, refugees were leaving Syria in for several reasons, chiefly amongst them was the persecution of religious minority such as Yazidis, Alawites, Christians and other minor groups by “Islamic State.”
The War has lasted this long because of the external forces that have taken sides with either the Syrian military forces or the opposition. This is explicitly shown by Russia’s support for the Syrian government and the U.S.’s support for the opposition.
However, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel soon, as the ISIL fighters lose the last stronghold in Syria. The aftermath effect of this development is discussed below.
With this development, it is clear that the minority religious group who left because of persecution will start to consider a major return, having realized that their fundamental mental human right, which is right to religious participation will be maintained and secured.
Secondly, it also means that economic activities will improve in Syria. If this happens, it will create a conducive environment where everyone can strive in peace. For as it is often said peace is sacrosanct to development.
Thirdly, and most importantly, Syria will enjoy Justice. This is important because for the process of recovery, settlement and unity to take place, there must be a system that ensures justice is always served to everyone, irrespective of affiliations and social standing in the society.
In conclusion, if Syrian peace must stand the test of time, then forgiveness is inevitable. This is put perfectly by Robert Muller when he said “To forgive is the highest most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.”