Syria: peace prospects and the humanitarian crisis
February 19, 2014
Guests: Samer Abboud and Hazem Hallak
As the second round of peace talks between the Assad regime and opposition forces ended in deadlock last week, the crisis in Syria continues. Government troops have launched new rounds of attacks on rebel-held parts of the city of Aleppo. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians in areas around major cities are without food, water and medical supplies as humanitarian aid is unable to get in. The refugee crisis has escalated. In this hour of Radio Times we talk about events on the ground in Syria, human rights violations against its citizens, and the international effort to end the long civil war. Joining us are Arcadia professor and Syrian specialist SAMER ABBOUD and HAZEM HALLAK, a Syrian-born Philadelphia-area medical researcher whose brother Dr. Sakher Hallak was brutally tortured by Syrian government forces after returning from a visit to Philadelphia. Hallakâ€™s other brother, Hussam Eddin Hallak,also a physician, is currently is suffering from a major brain injury after being seriously wounded in shell attacks in Aleppo.