Five years have passed since the Syrian war began. Five years and several other numbers so high they sound almost abstract: 250,000 dead, 1 million wounded, 11 million displaced. These five years of a protracted conflict are the closest thing to a global war the 21st century has seen. What is Resolution 2554, and what are its chances of leading to a successful peace process?
Believe it or not, soldiers or mercenaries working far away from home can behave in “monstrous” ways. That has notably-but not exclusively- to do with them working under a strong sense of discipline and hierarchy which can become stifling and oppressive, in non gender-mixed environment, as well as within a context that lacks an intricate social fabric to give a constructive framework to one’s actions.
On 15 March 2011, civil protests erupted in the Syrian cities of Aleppo and Daraa. Four years later, the unrest has turned into a seemingly endless war, causing the death of thousands, the exile of millions, and the rise to international fame of Daesh / ISIS. Faced with no other option, many Syrians have fled to neighboring countries; thus began the slow and steady trickle of refugees into Syria’s smallest neighbor, Lebanon.