Syrian Doctors In San Diego Launch Relief Effort
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Aired 9/10/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Dr. Alma Harb, Physician, UC San Diego Health System
Tom Reifer, Professor of Sociology, University of San Diego
Events are changing rapidly surrounding the issue of chemical weapons in Syria.
Today, Syrian officials said they agree with a proposal to surrender their chemical weapons. Tonight, President Barack Obama will address the nation regarding these new developments and his belief the U.S. should be prepared to respond against Syria.
This crisis stems from evidence that the government of Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons last month, killing more than 1,400 men, women and children.
But, people who have been watching the conflict in Syria point out that the cost in human life and suffering in Syria far exceeds the victims of chemical weapons.
The United Nations estimates that more than 100,000 people have died in two years of civil war in Syria — and it's the humanitarian side of the crisis we focus on today.