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We're gonna switch gears right now and talk about another ongoing.
Situation in the world -- -- situation in Syria as is the case of a lot of unrest in areas.
There is human these are humans hole we know about the collateral -- -- but there's also the human poll.
When people are just trying to survive afterwards and visited very disturbing to the report of the United Nations.
Dire humanitarian crisis in Syria is likely to get worse.
Agency saying they are struggling to cope and one of -- issues coming out of that is at the possibility of refugees selling their daughters in the attempt to survive.
You know they're selling them in that supposedly marriage here with more on that is Tony but Iran.
He's a research fellow the foundation for defense of democracies.
Welcome toning things.
-- what has happening in that Syria with these refugees actually selling their daughters in marriage.
Well what happens is a lot of these refugees have had to leave their homes with nothing but you know the clothes on their backs they've been established in.
And others have families across the border in Jordan in Lebanon and Turkey in Iraq.
But others have pretty much nothing in there and camps.
That the security for in which is not really very good.
And there's no means you know they had their savings whatever they might may have had -- runs out and these guys have to.
-- find a way to to survive and so what happens is a lot of rich men from the gulf Arab countries.
Someone good intentions somewhat not that get attention so it will will propose certain arrangements like well you know I'll give you would -- -- or something in return.
Is this is for the cost them the -- -- the -- to pay.
The -- of bride's parents for correct negative for their daughter in marriage and we're supposed to be it's about freedom.
Oftentimes what happens is that they end up being simply arrangements for for sexual favors and then.
The daughters are returned to divorced was was nothing.
So and they're very young how how young -- Depends some of them you know some of them some of the more sort of -- depraved people will ask for -- younger and younger.
Children essentially thirteen fourteen years -- way to.
But others aren't normal -- women but it I mean it's not just this though there are other issues for instance what happened in Turkey.
Recently where there was where the Syrian regime's agents local agents and in southern Turkey.
Several car bombs that killed a lot of Turks which then.
Sort of precipitated a reaction against Syrian refugees in Turkey by some of the local Turks who are not necessarily sympathetic with them.
Same thing you finding in -- -- on where they're being harassed by our allies of the regime in like Hezbollah and others.
Those who are activists among them will be targeted.
Apprehended and deported back to the regime's prisons and so on so -- so there in a very vulnerable situation all around.
Is there any way to really deal with -- a -- it is.
Obviously the priority is that conflict itself let's deal with that right.
But is there any agencies -- any ability is there any conduit -- but through which.
Agencies can actually help people like you know the people -- an event refugees can.
Well there are UN agencies obviously but there -- the problem is that they've been very poorly funded so they have been.
Sort of sounding the alarm that they don't have money left to sustain and and there's been an uptick in the refugees as the conflict escalates.
Between January of this year and now I think there's been a million extra refugees than what had been before and if it's likely to escalate even further as the battles escalate.
And we haven't really hit yet a major battle let's say in Damascus where a lot of the people are or were probably going to end up crossing the border into very tiny Lebanon.
That really don't doesn't have the infrastructure say two to handle some of these things so it's a massive problem but it's not an end until you.
Sort -- opponent.
Charity event with the commentary on what people will do in the wake of devastation in the wake of tragedy and a lot of the moral rules are simply are just not even there aren't.
That's right but even as we talking now.
About some sort of a negotiated settlement the mean a lot of these people are from a different -- let's say than than the ruling family in Syria.
So it's with it if if we're if the sort of solution that we're trying to concoct for this crisis the administration is -- some sort of a negotiated settlement.
With elements of the regime still in place.
It's unlikely that any of these refugees are gonna feel safe and two to return to the regime that has just been killing them early -- -- kind of -- exactly.
It's become very much sectarian retaliation sectarian massacres.
Deliberately designed to have population movements from certain areas that that are -- being cleansed.
From certain sex by the regimes forces and militias.
So it's it's it's a problem the -- going to end until you and the regime itself how should the US proceed what would be your life the US should really I mean the president put forward a strategy or policy rather in August 2011.
That the Assad regime has to go.
Unfortunately it hasn't pursued that this policy with anything resembling leadership or the backing it up with.
You won't cut is that kind of statement up beside me is it regime should go right that's a pretty powerful statement -- -- from the American Axle America.
But then what happens when you go back essentially it's a policy of regime change that has not been backed up.
You the united Pacific leadership has plenty of allies around the world and in the region who are eager.
Two two take more aggressive steps but as long as they know that the United States is going to be gone on their side and -- it all all the way.
Which this administration fortunately hasn't hasn't signaled that it's ready to do.
-- I -- -- -- chat here from.
Some assembled just now I am and -- people commenting on the marriage issue.
It's a custom for the groom to pay for the bride but it's normally within communities and not just some -- -- -- content myself -- -- -- -- -- normal -- -- percent -- -- -- -- situations because.
The people -- they need money well yes.
Although it's it's also bears noting that a lot of the people who are kind of the middlemen or middle women.
In in arranging these Americans are themselves series so there's a lot of -- out Syrian -- Syrian.
Preying on other Syrians as well in all it's it's a tragic situation that happens unfortunately -- -- the -- the human trafficking and what we've got to call -- of that what is -- another form of just human slavery.
Essentially it's human trafficking of some sort right but it's I mean but look for if you if you're familiar with the with the conflict in Lebanon and -- you the kind of tragedies that happen there.
From you know.
At that affect every -- sort of aspect of social life this is unfortunately the kind of -- that -- -- see in -- kind of these kinds of situations.
And one situation and Republican -- it more more more about this one thank you very much Tony on the -- -- -- research fellows and foundation for defense of democracies.
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