09/17/2013 10:29 am ET Updated Nov 16, 2013

The action we can take on Syria

By Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

The crisis in Syria and the use of chemical weapons are leading the news agenda, dominating political and diplomatic discussions and featuring on late-night talkshows. The politics of Syria are everywhere - but the people are not.

I have just been to Damascus, where the situation is continuing to deteriorate. The sound of mortar fire is loud and constant, never-ending. Whole suburbs are being shelled indiscriminately and entire towns are under siege. People and communities who have lived peacefully together for generations are turning on each other.

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