War in Syria hits home in Saskatchewan

Regina man says Canada should be doing more to help people in Syria.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said evidence of a possible chemical weapons attack in Syria this week is mounting, but he stopped short of confirming such attack actually took place.

Ayman Aboguddah is frustrated when he sees what is happening in Syria.

Aboguddah, who lives in Regina, left a lot of relatives and friends behind when he left Syria.

He said he no longer tries to contact some of them for fear it could affect their safety.

Aboguddah said it seems like other countries have turned their backs on Syria, including Canada.

"They can do a lot by non-military," Aboguddah said. "Help people, relieve their suffering, and I think that is good enough for the Syrian people from Canada."

The conflict in Syria began in 2011 with anti-government protests. The international Red Cross formally declared it as a civil war last year. The United Nations estimates over 100,000 people have been killed in fighting across the country. Now, concerns are being raised about chemical weapons being used in an attack that killed more than 300 people near Damascus this week.

Aboguddah said the images from Syria are hard to watch, and it's especially frustrating to watch the situation there escalate for years.  

"It's like a fire," he said. "If you extinguish it in less than ten seconds, you need a bucket of water only. You let it go for one minute, you'll need a truck. Let it go for a few minutes, you just cannot stop it easily at all. You need many, many trucks and it's a disaster."