More than the violence or the fear of renewed civil war, what has put Lebanon on the brink is the flood of Syrian refugees who are overwhelming the country, threatening it with economic collapse and its capacity to survive as a state.
It's critical that aid agencies maintain the pipeline of this food, especially in a crisis as desperate as the one in Syria. The hunger facing Syria is so severe that the needs of the population will grow as the conflict continues.
Partnering up with an American Christian charity, Operation Blessing, and Israel's Reut Institute, Hand in Hand has been raising funds, sending and distributing humanitarian aid to Jordan's Syrian refugees throughout the past year.
While we debate over how to appropriately respond to the actions of the Syrian government, there should be no doubt that the United States needs to assist in ensuring the welfare, protection and safety of refugees, particularly women and children.
The war in Syria should not be viewed in terms of a distant, complex political issue. It is an immediate and very human catastrophe; the biggest one facing the world today. These are our children. And they are dying. Where is the outrage?
As the world searches for a solution to the fighting in Syria, we must remember that peace is not only measured by the absence of war. For child refugees, who are among the most vulnerable bystanders of conflict, peace is about having the opportunity to be a kid again.
While there was division over the question of the launching of a military strike, there should be no debate over the need to lift the barriers that stand in the way of life-saving relief and the millions under siege who have lost everything in Syria.