Published in the Herald Sun on Tuesday 18 March 2014
By Tim Costello, World Vision Australia chief executive and Helen Szoke, Oxfam Australia chief executive
Imagine half the suburbs of Australia deserted; comfortable middle-class houses abandoned or burnt out; neighbours, their pets and cars nowhere to be seen. Think what life would be like if we were no longer able to enjoy our own prosperity, to work, to shop or send our children to school.
That is the reality Syrians now face in a country that, until conflict erupted three years ago, took for granted such things as electricity, mobile phones, internet, TV, schools and medical care.
In the three years since, more than 100,000 people have been killed, including 10,000 children.
Inside Syria, more than nine million people urgently need humanitarian assistance. Out of the millions that have been forced to flee their homes, more than 6.5 million remain ...