By Njoroge Kinuthia
For the past 15 months, there has been a relentless stream of bad news from Syria. Government forces have been battling rebels who have been fighting to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad from. So far, Amnesty International estimates that over 10,000 civilians have been killed in the conflict. Another human rights organisation, Syria Human Rights Monitor, says some 15,163 people have been killed since the revolt broke out in March 2012.
Most of the killings are being blamed on Government forces and their militias who have been accused of carrying out cold-blooded attacks on civilians.
Sadly, as Syria continues to burn, the global community is doing little to end the bloodletting. Sustained UN efforts have not yielded peace in Syria. On the other hand, world powers remain divided on how to end the violence, with China and Russia blocking tougher action against Assad. But as the world procrastinates, the merchants of death continue with their bloody march. It’s time for the world to speak in one voice against the evil in Syria and help end the fighting by all means possible.
City Council blamed for the wrong stench
Just who is in charge of sewage disposal in the city? That is the question that has been bothering some residents of Umoja II estate, according to Ms Sheila Masila.
Since ‘a small estate’ behind Tumaini Primary School was constructed, Ms Masila alleges that those who reside near Umoja II terminus have never enjoyed fresh air.
“The owners of the plots channeled their sewer pipes to the drainage that is meant for storm water...the sewage now runs through the gutter issuing a very terrible odour.”
The residents, she says, petitioned the City Council but no action was taken. “If we sought assistance from the wrong office would someone please direct us to the right office,” she pleads.