Among all the miseries Syrians are going through, being internally displaced might be the worst.
Unlike those who ed to Syria’s neighboring countries, the internally displaced people are in daily danger of death because those eeing to rural areas from towns and cities are often no safer there -
the regime forces continuously target the area around Aleppo with barrel bombs, for instance.
Whatever the cause of displacement, citizens who ee their country are “legally” supposed to be un-
der the protection of their government, even if this government was the cause of their displacement; they should have all the rights due to national citizens including the right to protection, according to Human Rights Laws and the International Human Law.
Internally displaced people aren’t specically included in the mandate of the
being dened as people who have ed their homes for some reason but not crossed internationally
recognized state borders.International Humanitarian Law provides for protecting civilians during their displacement, provid
ed they do not participate directly in the hostilities. It also provides for the access of humanitarian
relief and assistance organizations to the internally displaced people, requiring the “parties” of the conict to ensure relief supplies reach these people.
The outrageous human rights violations, war crimes and the crimes against humanity to which Syrian citizens are being exposed, while the killing machine of the Syrian regime forces continues claiming the lives of dozens of civilians in daily massacres, makes the tragedy of internally displaced people
one of the biggest problems arising from Syria’s conict. Conrming the scary indications of many
international reports, the UNHRC estimated more than 4.25 million people to have been internally